Batman: Knightfall #1-2 Kindle ½ Batman: Knightfall

Batman: Knightfall #1-2 Kindle ½ Batman: Knightfall



10 thoughts on “Batman: Knightfall #1-2

  1. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Knightfall is the backstory to Bane, one of Batman s most powerful foes and the unique one to have broken Batman s back I read this after watching the last of the Christopher Nolan movies, The Dark Knight Rises, and enjoyed it up to the point where Ariel takes over for the recovering Batman After that and into the second volume I felt the story was less interesting However, the Bane plot and backstory was great and highly enjoyable As for the movie adaptation, it was just inspired by the character that Dixon created here but the plot of the movie is something completely different.


  2. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    The nineties were a weird time for comics Well, to be fair, the nineties were a weird time, period, when you consider that it was a decade whose two greatest achievements were the widespread proliferation of the Internet and an only slightly less widespread proliferation of ironic self detachment I could take an easy shot here and note that it s also the decade that made MC Hammer famous, but I think it s safe to say that the rise of reality TV celebs in the two thousand aughts and beyond has produced a crop of individuals who make even the most ridiculous of 90s celebs eyes on you, Dustin Diamond look like a paragon of talent and virtue though, to be fair, I guess Kato Kaelin was the prototype for useless reality TV celeb, but I m getting off track here, I think Everything got turned up to 11 spandex and unstable molecules struggled to contain the absurdly bulging biceps and boobs sported by heroes whose primary superpower was the ability to somehow manage to walk upright despite those enhanced features flashy and often anatomically incorrect art trumped compelling or even coherent storytelling and gimmicks were the preferred sales gooser, whether in the form of ridiculous alternate covers that variously glowed in the dark, featured a hologram, or used ink made from the magic blood of Stan Lee himself or massive crossover events that struggled to top the ridiculously high stakes of the preceding, continuity rebooting crossover event that took place only months before All of these things contributed to a circus atmosphere that culminated in artist Rob Liefeld a man who either doesn t believe in feet or has no earthly idea how to draw them and whose haircut was like a Hair Cuttery version of Doctor Octopus s preferred do modeling Levis Quality was tough to find in the midst of the insanity, but, every once in a while, it seeped through, even in some of those massive crossovers Paul will disagree, but I say X Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus set the gold standard for summer blockbuster comics events the floor is open for debate Some of that quality can be found in Nightfall, despite the fact that it s as gimmicky as James Bond s boxer briefs The premise the mysterious and malicious Bane himself the poster child for ridiculous anatomy, given that his power was derived from Venom a substance that is, essentially, steroids on steroids stalks the Batman with the intent of breaking him, which he does, and in epic fashion by hoisting Bats up over his head and bringing him down hard on his knee, snapping Batman s spine and rendering him a paraplegic In the wake of that epic battle, as Batman struggles to recover, he passes the mantle of the Bat to Jean Paul Valley, formerly the hero Azrael not to be confused with Gargamel s cat from the Smurfs, which is kind of a bummer, because I think that would have been a lot funnier It turns out that despite his Francophone name, Jean Paul is a hardass a little too hard, perhaps, as he begins dispensing some raw, vigilante style justice despite the protests of the Boy Wonder, who tries and fails to act as his Jiminy Cricket Despite the cheap shock value nature of the story, there s some good stuff here, even if it s drawn out pun intended over too many pages this is volume one of two, and it clocks in at MORE THAN 600 PAGES Before the epic Bane Batman Brokebat Mountain Throwdown, we get to see Batman, fighting an illness of unknown origin and severity, struggling to round up an all star collection of his rogues gallery, whom Bane released from Arkham in an attempt to wear Batman down, which makes for a pretty gripping lead in to the main event the illness part is perplexing at times, it sounds like it s just the flu, and you just want to hand Batman a glass of TheraFlu and tell him to suck it up at other times, it s like he s got what might result from bubonic plague having crazy sex with diphtheria The pace lags a bit once Batman s confined to a wheelchair, and there s a weird interlude that features a trippy Scarecrow story, but, otherwise, this is a solidly entertaining yarn, and not just by 90s standards We ll call it somewhere around 3.5 stars I may or may not have made that last one up.


  3. Khurram Khurram says:

    I did read this quite a long time ago, so I can t remember everything that happened, but it got it s message across Even a couple of decades later Bane, who has not done much since, is still known as the man that broke the Bat The only other villan who had had that kind of introduction is possible Doomsday The shock value alone of Batman not just losing but losing in such brutal fashion is an image that stayed with me for a long long time That is the main event fight, the rest of the comic is great as well with Batman taking on virtually his whole rogues gallery.


  4. Jedi JC Daquis Jedi JC Daquis says:

    Back then, the whole world was still experiencing the repercussions of the death of Superman when Knightfall was published The Man of Steel did had a good death last year, why not with Bats too Batman during the dark age of comics was largely on his own Post Watchmen, Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, The Bat family was just composed of Batman and Robin, but he was almost unbeatable except maybe in Death in the Family So how can a villain break him That is the thesis of Knightfall Slowly and carefully, Bane crafted a masterplan to wear Wayne down, and finally to literally break him Without a large Bat family to help him, the solution was simple observe him as he takes on the villains one by one, then strike at the time when he is tired all over and beaten.The first time I read Knightfall six years ago largely due to Nolan s films I felt that Bane is a cheater No he s not He just knew exactly how to defeat Batman, thus the Knightfall run, which I can imagine was an unprecedented storyline during the 90s Bane knew that defeating Batman would require every ounce of evil Gotham could ever experience.Knightfall is the answer when somebody asks you which 90s comics to read It is the definitive and best ever Bane story Reading it now in 2018 would definitely take you to nostalgia comics land where narratives are dominated by gritty themes and dark figures of speech and the measure of a macho are a thousand muscles and shiny metal armor That s pure 90s pal.Nolan definitely took down notes while reading Knightfall Many elements in the story made it to the trilogy, not only the epic breaking of the bat scene It s fun to see these elements being realized in the Dark Knight movies.Though Knightfall feels off against today s stories obviously , this is a story that every Batman fan should read Seriously people, read this.


  5. Cheese Cheese says:

    1star knocked off because Jean Paul is a cock and I don t like him The first three quarters of this story is brilliant A real classic Bane really plays out his game to perfection and beats Batman when he s done and dusted Bruce manages to keep it going for a long time, but his ego gets the best of him by not asking for help Even Robin and Alfred play a big part in this and when all the bad guys get released from Arkhum it s pandemonium Again, the joker is the most interesting out of all the foes A classic story but spoilt by Batman s replacement Azrael Jean Paul He s terribly wooden and boring and stupid, I really found it a struggle to read when he was introduced I suppose he was needed for the evolution of the Batman.


  6. Jonathan Terrington Jonathan Terrington says:

    When it comes to Batman and his classic comic book villains most people immediately think of The Joker They might then think of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow or Mr Freeze for example But I have to say that I personally find Bane a deadly adversary than any of them Because unlike the other villains he is perfectly sane While Joker s plans are based around his insanity and his propensity towards chaos Bane is a brute who cunningly plans to take Gotham as his own Think of him as Batman turned mob boss if you will and pumped full of a venom drug which enhances his abilities to superhuman levels.In Knightfall we see Bane come to Gotham and release anarchy curiously a name of a vigilante who appears later in the book upon the city when he blows a whole in Arkham Asylum A sick Batman then struggles to contain and defeat foes such as Two face, Ventriloquist, Poison Ivy, Joker, Scarecrow and Firefly, running himself ragged in the process As he does this Bane watches on, works out who Batman really is and then finally when Batman has been physically and mentally crushed attacks him at Wayne Manor and breaks the bat This for me is one of the most iconic comic book scenes apart from say Superman s death, Spiderman leaving behind his suit and also the Spiderman scene with the death of Gwen Stacy What follows the breaking of the bat is chaos into which a new Batman, a figure wearing the cowl and who makes technological improvements, steps to confront the evil and take back Gotham from Bane.What is so significant in this comic omnibus is the depiction of a broken Batman as mentioned before As a character he had taken many gunshots and wounds but he had always had the mental edge on opponents No one had broken him mentally and defeated him in a one on one fight until Bane did which opened up a whole new area for the comics and posed the question could Batman still continue to defeat his enemies while not killing There are other questions posed again such as the thought that since the insane members of Arkham do not play by the book the police need a Batman who too does not play by the book Another question is raised by the psychologist who says that all the inmates are merely misunderstood which is challenged by everyone else who says, a body count in the triple digits and they re misunderstood Either way the whole challenge of how the Arkham inmates should be tried is thrown up Should they get away with crimes on the basis of criminal insanity A very excellent comic book omnibus and very much recommended I personally prefer this story arc to Watchmen or Batman The Dark Knight Returns While it may lack the sophistication of those works I still believe it has uplifting ideas This omnibus does not focus on death and doom but rather on how to come back from defeat and how to take defeat If you want a different Batman story to others that have been raved about then try this out for size paraphrased of course


  7. Chris Chris says:

    Where to begin I expected this book to be pretty good as every Bat fan says it is a must read I did have a feeling that it was for the importance of his continuity than the story itself I was wrong This story is epic At 600 pages the size alone affords it that title The storyline is epic too though While it is still slightly camp it is clearly post The Dark Knight Returns and things have started to get darker More like the Batman we know and love today Some of the subject matter here is really quite hard hitting To say things don t go well for Bruce would be a major understatement There is a vulnerability to him that we don t often see So used are we to him being a physical, mental and intellectual powerhouse, that seeing him struggling both mentally and physically comes as quite a shock He is clearly still reeling from the events of a Death In The Family and his mental health has been greatly affected For fans of Bruce Wayne or Batman, events of this book are really quite moving On to the story Things kick off with a Bane s origin story In itself a truly tragic way to enter the world I am trying desperately to avoid spoilers here but it would be fair to say that he never had a chance to be anything but evil He is told of the Batman of Gotham and decided in order to prove himself and overcome all fear he must defeat him and take over Gotham City He breaks all the criminals out of Arkham, forcing Batman to run a gauntlet of villains Each one wearing him down , weakening him before Bane s imminent confrontation For some reason, in order to conquer his fear, Bane wishes to break an already worn down Batman Kind of defeating the purpose I feel, but it does make for a great story as Batman battles through Villians of increasing formidability The second part of this story sees Jean Paul Valley aka Azrael fill in for Bruce Wayne as Batman He instantly takes things in a new darker brutal direction, dispensing of Bruce s code and unleashing his ferocity on Gotham s criminals Apprehending the villains now becomes important than the safety of innocent people In the latter part of the story he states I m a lot like you Bane Except I stopped my fall just short of the bottom I think this is a pretty accurate as Jean Paul Valley new Batman is right on the edge of what separates Bruce s Batman from the villains This puts him at odds with Robin Tim Drake who becomes increasingly concerned by his methods I am very interested to see how this relationship develops in Volume two So when people say that Knightfall Volume 1 is a must read for all Batman fans, they are bang on the money This Is easily one of the best Batman stories I have ever read A real classic.


  8. Donovan Donovan says:

    HE IS A BANE TO EVERYTHING HOLY This is the largest graphic novel I ve read to date, exceeding Crisis on Infinite Earths, Watchmen, Return of Superman, and even Saga Book One But it s extremely readable and it took me just a few days It s also among my favorite Batman stories ever So the four hundred pound gorilla in the room quite literally is Bane We learn his origin story, growing up in a third world prison, where he mentally snaps and thirsts for absolute power in Gotham There s great depth and personality to his origin, but I ll leave it there to avoid any spoilers Some critics will complain that Bane, like the book as a whole, is ridiculous But let s back up and look at the book itself This was written early 90s, post The Dark Knight Returns but still in the era of comic camp, and I guess that s why this works so well for me My good friend Chris helped me realize this is a sort of camp grit, a mix of superhero camp and the dark and gritty we ve come to love and expect from Batman comics thanks to writers like Frank Miller I don t think this comic would have made the same impact on me or its readership if it was written any other way This seems to me the best of 90s comics.Which is exactly why I love Bane He is a perfect villain Haters gonna hate, but I think apart from the far too often written about Joker, Bane is one of Batman s greatest villains as far as I ve read His hatred mimics that of the Joker in its chaos and unreasonableness His strength and speed are absolute He s a sociopathic genius who attracts followers like meteors to a black hole And he s fed poisonous super steroids that make him even stronger That s all great dark and gritty writing The camp is where people complain, like his costume for example, and sometimes the dialog and his dialog, too Why is he dressed like a professional wrestler What s with the mask I don t know, it s weird, it s cheesy, just go with it Because when he breaks Batman you re going to think twice about his spandex He sometimes slips into the role of prototypical villain and says things like I will destroy him, Gotham will be mine It really didn t bother me And it s rarely like that He s smart and vicious and very much his own man It s the 90s What ever As if The other criticism I hear is about Jean Paul Valley Azrael, Batman s temporary replacement and whom I ve never heard of outside this comic I ll tell you why I think people don t like him He s to Batman as Jason Todd is to Robin He s stupid, headstrong, disrespectful, a poor detective But I don t hate him, just like I don t hate Jason Todd I have little empathy for Jean, he s a meathead, he s an ass to the very noble Tim Drake, and he thinks he s better than Bruce But he s not a bad Batman, that s the thing He s idiotic but ruthless, which is exactly what s needed when Bruce is incapacitated And his subliminal System training definitely piqued my interest Is he Bruce, is he classic Batman Absolutely not But I m curious what Knightfall Vol 2 holds for him The great thing about this book is that it s not just about Batman and Bane Other villains like Scarecrow, Joker, and Two Face have great page time Scarecrow has several chapters in which he and Joker kidnap the mayor and attempt to take over the city There are several other villains, some stupid, so prepare yourself Ventriloquist exactly as it sounds was terrible and pointless Film Freakwhat kind of villain is that And Anarky, an anti hero, came out of nowhere in the last few issues But don t worry, the best villains make up for it There s also satire on sanity and mental illness running through this in the form of television segments like TDKR Dr Simpson Flanders reference to Matt Groening is a cheery clinical psychologist who promotes his book I m Sane and So Are You, while commenting on the various violent televised charades carried out by escaped Arkham patients He definitely represents the reformation school of thought over the incarceration school, but his naivety is taken to the extreme, saying things to the effect that the patients are merely playing out childhood fears and desires, that they re misunderstood, that society s fear is what causes their violence, and other such nonsense So that was really cool I almost forgot the artwork I won t even begin to try to list all the illustrators There were probably a dozen plus The art somehow remains incredibly consistent, getting crazy only during Scarecrow s citywide holograms yes you read that right It s clean if a bit sketchy, with bold outlines, dark darks and bright colors Some older works from the 90s and before make for difficult reading V for Vendetta comes to mind , but this isn t one of them There were some panels that made me stop and say hell yeah they were so well done And ah yes, then there s Batman Without revealing too much, Batman Bruce Wayne is at his lowest here, progressively wearing down both physically and mentally throughout these 600 pages It s funny, while I can root for Batman in stories where he can t die, I can just as easily root for him in a story like this where he s playing at a loss It s not even that Bane is better than him, Bane is just a strategist and cowardly beats him when he s already down Which makes me hate Bane from a Bat fan perspective If he s such a great fighter why not take Batman while he s in his prime Well, that would make for a short story, his victory wouldn t be for sure, and how else would there be a rematch Which, apart from some liberties taken in physics, is a very cool fight scene Interestingly, Batman the symbol changes with Jean Paul bringing a level of unforeseen ruthlessness and armor I mean, his character is not great, but it s cool to see Batman finally cross the line and get things done That always bugged me, because the god damn villains always escape and kill people And although the armor looks like a cross between Gundam Wing and Transformers, it does lend far utilitarianism and weaponry So if you feel like having a different look at Batman, seeing him break, learning about Bane, and having your mind blown, read this 90s awesomeness.


  9. Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ says:

    I was never a Bane fan, and I don t think I ever will be at all, which is why I hesitated to pick up the Knightfall series in the first place The six hundred plus pages of the first volume weren t that appealing to spend a lot of time with but I do enjoy a challenge so I kept my hopes up and got started I finished it within a span of two weeks though I just read it in a total of six days In retrospect, it seemed quite fitting for me to end my first Batman comics diet with an omnibus edition such as this, considering the significance of this particular series to the old continuity Can you believe it actually has two other volumes which I will read next time It s safe to say this is a long running series that I might need to pursue later on, for posterity s sake as oppose to ready enjoyment.This is a heavyweight collected edition, comprised of the following BATMAN VENGEANCE OF BANE SPECIAL 1, BATMAN 491 500, DETECTIVE COMICS 659 660, SHOWCASE 93 7 and 8 and BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT 17 18 I ll divide this review into significant parts worth noting, and therefore the content may be semi spoiler ish Thread lightly in case you feel like reading this one yourself If not because the length looks to be a handful, then I hope my summary and analyses would suffice your curiosity of what this omnibus entails.ON BANE AND WHY IT S AN APPROPRIATE NAMEAdmittedly, I didn t try to notice just how many issues and titles I was reading which isn t difficult to do at first because this is an an engrossing read right from the very start with that Bane special which told us his origins as a child who was born and raised inside a prison I only remember Bane very briefly in Batman The Animated Series and never cared much for him When Nolan turned him into a chief villain in the last film of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, I remember being intrigued about his interpretation because it was a stark contrast to what I believed him to be growing up Reading Knightfall solidified that prejudice, however As much as I enjoyed his origin story which included his transition to becoming Bane , I found myself starting to care less and less for this asshole as the issues progressed on In fact, I will state from here on out that I think Nolan s version of the character is honorable and nuanced and interesting to see in action Here in the comics he just comes off as a fool with the most vapid of reasons for breaking Batman and conquering Gotham City It s almost laughable There was nothing formidable or intimidating about this big guy at all.I think because of the roster of artists and writers for this series we have Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench and Alan Grant, to name a notable few , there was an unavoidable inconsistency in Bane s characterization With his origin story, he was primed to be an excellent Bat villain but then other writers start having different interpretations of his personality and motives in the next stories that what I understood about him in entirety is that he s a character whose arrogance and bloated sense of worth outweigh his actions and accomplishments a questionable estimate in itself too You never root for this asshole no matter what happens well, that s not completely true there was that moment in the later issues that my money was on him but I digress Let me expound on that later Knightfall is primarily known for the climactic events when Bane broke the Bat For the non comic book reading population, they also know about this because of Nolan s movie And you know what They re better off not knowing the details in the comics itself because I myself was absolutely livid and utterly furious with how that scenario played out I really do prefer the movie s take on it, only because Bane was actually generally likable in the film in spite of his role to play and his breaking of Batman s spine made sense and did not make me feel dirty at all In the comics, it was completely a douchebag move Like some creep, Bane merely waited until Batman is at the end of his physical limits and even then Bats fought back like a champ It was gross I wanted to drown myself in a bathtub filled with scalding water just to cleanse myself with that demeaning discovery It was such a shameful ordeal for everyone involved in writing that, and for anyone who read it Batman was broken by a piece of shit buffoon who cannot even hold a fucking torch to the reputation and terror that the Joker and Ra s Al Ghul are known for Batman was broken because he was already battling an illness minor spoiler he had pneumonia and he also had to clean up after Arkham Asylum s inmates started roaming around the city With the stress Batman is undergoing personally and the commotion he needs to deal with, it was shocking he could still walk, let alone fight That s the Batman we all admire and root for But then here came some mediocre douche who was so cowardly and self entitled only dangerously powerful because of some venom he injects in his body, and he broke Batman s spine and acted as if it was a world record, never been that before feat of strength and cunning I cannot stress how much I was literally SCREAMING at the screen while I was reading this You don t own shit, Bane You re a shit FUCK YOU was what I shouted, I think I was so disgusted with everything that I put off reading the next issues for at least another whole day When I did come back to it, Bane was thankfully not the center of the stories any but I can t be joyous about that yet because the asshole is replaced by another douchebag named Jean Paul Valley.SWEET VALLEY HIGH STRUNG BATMAN PRETENDER UGH Remember a while ago I said that there was a moment while reading Knightfall that I actually rooted for Bane, the bane of every sane human s existence Well, that happened because someone I equally despise decided to challenge him to a death match and that douche in question was named Jean Paul Valley who started out as a pretty cool secondary character when he was just his own hero a.k.a Azrael , helping out the good guys But things got sour pretty quickly when he was tasked to put on the Batman cowl in the meantime while Bruce recuperates And the son of a bitch loved it and enjoyed beating up thugs and criminals way too much It was like watching a substitute teacher take over a classroom with utmost aggression in spite of his inadequacies for the job In Jean Paul s case, it s his lack of discipline and moral resoluteness I kept cringing in every fucking moment he would choose callous pragmatism and violent means which one time almost cost an innocent life It was so horrible While Bane made me scream in fury and frustration, Jean Paul made me want to go to a corner and justcry.It just goes to show that there is a certain level of nobility and greatness that you expect from Batman as an ideal And Jean Paul may wear the costume all he likes but he isn t upholding the values Bruce Wayne instilled One time he even bragged about his focus being on the DARK as oppose to the KNIGHT job description of the title What a piece of shit One of my favorite small moments was during The Devil You Know issue, where Bane said it best when he claimed So I have brought ruin to Wayne And his neophyte brings ruin to the Batman Heck, I applauded that asshole s poetic observation, and y all know by now I hate him.The Robin for this series is Tim Drake who can be a buzzkill sometimes, yeah, but in this occasion, his trepidation and desire for caution around the Batman pretender are very valid and reasonable But no one listens to Timothy, especially not Jean Paul whose pages upon pages of monologue and action sequences were so unsettling to watch unfold I think my enjoyment for the story also suffered I have no kind of sympathy whatsoever for the supposed hero I m reading, and the mediocre villain he had to defeat Srsly, fuck them both So it s been a really a tight competition between them regarding to which character I loathed the most for this volume minor spoiler no one wins that title once I finished the book I pitied Bane in the end while I eventually and begrudgingly accepted that fucking Jean Paul will have to do as Batman for now.Before I close this part of the review, I would also like to add that as much as I hated what I m reading, it doesn t mean the writing and illustrations are lackluster or bland I might be hating on the characters but that s because the writing for their characterizations are outstanding in the first place.The later four hundred pages of the first volume for Knightfall are centered around the detestable Bane and jean Paul as they struggle to define the world in their narrow sighted terms and misguided actions Bane failed in his shallow crusade to be a self made champion of the weak because all he is was a flawed mechanism of his own ruin Meanwhile, Jean Paul chose to cross certain lines Bruce could never afford to do, and it therefore placed him in a position where he can very much become the villain himself if he ever forgets the values he s supposed to stand for With that in mind, someone really needs to take away the costume from him before it gets worse But then again, where s the fun in that for the second volume MISCELLANEOUSAlmost all Bat villains make their appearances as well such as the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Two Face, Amygdala, Scarface and the Ventriloquist, and Anarky There are some humorous Harvey Bullock scenes as well he delivers a lot of great zingers Different writers and artists collaborated for the issues and this could either be a pleasant experience or a confounding one if you re into a consistent art styel and technique Mine was on the former I really didn t mind the visual variety because I was engrossed enough with the stories and plot lines to pay a closer attention The one time I did start to notice the illustrations is during the Scarecrow centered issues because the detail and panels layout in those were fantastic to browse through.RECOMMENDED 8 10 The first volume had enough action and substance to keep you going The astonishing length will be intimidating at first but the reader will not find it hard to get into the meat and bones of the story after a while as long as he she also learns to trust the writers with where they re headed even during the moments they have to get inside the heads of extremely unlikable if not downright unremarkable main characters, such as with the case of Bane and Jean Paul Valley.


  10. Sesana Sesana says:

    It s a solid plot, which is probably why elements of it got used in Dark Knight Rises Bane breaks the Batman Unlike in most later appearances of Bane, he isn t a dumb, hulking brute Even the usually brilliant Batman The Animated Series went down that route Here, Bane spends most of the story as a figure in the shadows He unleashes the entire population of Arkham, then sits back and watches the inmates slowly wear Batman down Was Bane ever this menacing again And right up until the iconic moment on the cover, it s a good read Sure, the art and writing are nothing special, even a little dated But it s still fun to read And then the Jean Paul as Batman storyline Less enjoyable, on nearly every level The confrontation with Bane is anticlimactic at best, and none of the characters are as engaging as they had been at the beginning of the book, or can be elsewhere Nightwing is all but useless, and only shows in a few panels, and Tim just isn t himself I also don t like how so much of the action is given to third stringers at best from Arkham, while the real big players are all but ignored The Ventriloquist s very spread out story is a small gem, at least so far If only all of the heavy hitters had been given such an interesting treatment


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Batman: Knightfall #1-2 [Ebook] ➩ Batman: Knightfall #1-2 Author Chuck Dixon – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The villainous Bane breaks the Bat in one of the most popular and well known Batman tales The inmates of Arkham Asylum have broken free and Batman must push himself to the limits to re apprehend the J The villainous Bane breaks the Bat in one of the most popular and well known Batman tales The inmates of Arkham Asylum have broken free and Batman must push himself to the limits to re apprehend the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Killer Croc andPushed to the limits, he comes face to face against the monstrosity known as Bane, who delivers a crippling blow destined to change the Caped Crusader forever This volume collects Batman Vengeance of Bane Special , Batman , Detective Comics , Showcase and Batman Shadow of Batman: Knightfall PDF/EPUB or the Bat .

10 thoughts on “Batman: Knightfall #1-2

  1. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    Knightfall is the backstory to Bane, one of Batman s most powerful foes and the unique one to have broken Batman s back I read this after watching the last of the Christopher Nolan movies, The Dark Knight Rises, and enjoyed it up to the point where Ariel takes over for the recovering Batman After that and into the second volume I felt the story was less interesting However, the Bane plot and backstory was great and highly enjoyable As for the movie adaptation, it was just inspired by the character that Dixon created here but the plot of the movie is something completely different.

  2. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    The nineties were a weird time for comics Well, to be fair, the nineties were a weird time, period, when you consider that it was a decade whose two greatest achievements were the widespread proliferation of the Internet and an only slightly less widespread proliferation of ironic self detachment I could take an easy shot here and note that it s also the decade that made MC Hammer famous, but I think it s safe to say that the rise of reality TV celebs in the two thousand aughts and beyond has produced a crop of individuals who make even the most ridiculous of 90s celebs eyes on you, Dustin Diamond look like a paragon of talent and virtue though, to be fair, I guess Kato Kaelin was the prototype for useless reality TV celeb, but I m getting off track here, I think Everything got turned up to 11 spandex and unstable molecules struggled to contain the absurdly bulging biceps and boobs sported by heroes whose primary superpower was the ability to somehow manage to walk upright despite those enhanced features flashy and often anatomically incorrect art trumped compelling or even coherent storytelling and gimmicks were the preferred sales gooser, whether in the form of ridiculous alternate covers that variously glowed in the dark, featured a hologram, or used ink made from the magic blood of Stan Lee himself or massive crossover events that struggled to top the ridiculously high stakes of the preceding, continuity rebooting crossover event that took place only months before All of these things contributed to a circus atmosphere that culminated in artist Rob Liefeld a man who either doesn t believe in feet or has no earthly idea how to draw them and whose haircut was like a Hair Cuttery version of Doctor Octopus s preferred do modeling Levis Quality was tough to find in the midst of the insanity, but, every once in a while, it seeped through, even in some of those massive crossovers Paul will disagree, but I say X Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus set the gold standard for summer blockbuster comics events the floor is open for debate Some of that quality can be found in Nightfall, despite the fact that it s as gimmicky as James Bond s boxer briefs The premise the mysterious and malicious Bane himself the poster child for ridiculous anatomy, given that his power was derived from Venom a substance that is, essentially, steroids on steroids stalks the Batman with the intent of breaking him, which he does, and in epic fashion by hoisting Bats up over his head and bringing him down hard on his knee, snapping Batman s spine and rendering him a paraplegic In the wake of that epic battle, as Batman struggles to recover, he passes the mantle of the Bat to Jean Paul Valley, formerly the hero Azrael not to be confused with Gargamel s cat from the Smurfs, which is kind of a bummer, because I think that would have been a lot funnier It turns out that despite his Francophone name, Jean Paul is a hardass a little too hard, perhaps, as he begins dispensing some raw, vigilante style justice despite the protests of the Boy Wonder, who tries and fails to act as his Jiminy Cricket Despite the cheap shock value nature of the story, there s some good stuff here, even if it s drawn out pun intended over too many pages this is volume one of two, and it clocks in at MORE THAN 600 PAGES Before the epic Bane Batman Brokebat Mountain Throwdown, we get to see Batman, fighting an illness of unknown origin and severity, struggling to round up an all star collection of his rogues gallery, whom Bane released from Arkham in an attempt to wear Batman down, which makes for a pretty gripping lead in to the main event the illness part is perplexing at times, it sounds like it s just the flu, and you just want to hand Batman a glass of TheraFlu and tell him to suck it up at other times, it s like he s got what might result from bubonic plague having crazy sex with diphtheria The pace lags a bit once Batman s confined to a wheelchair, and there s a weird interlude that features a trippy Scarecrow story, but, otherwise, this is a solidly entertaining yarn, and not just by 90s standards We ll call it somewhere around 3.5 stars I may or may not have made that last one up.

  3. Khurram Khurram says:

    I did read this quite a long time ago, so I can t remember everything that happened, but it got it s message across Even a couple of decades later Bane, who has not done much since, is still known as the man that broke the Bat The only other villan who had had that kind of introduction is possible Doomsday The shock value alone of Batman not just losing but losing in such brutal fashion is an image that stayed with me for a long long time That is the main event fight, the rest of the comic is great as well with Batman taking on virtually his whole rogues gallery.

  4. Jedi JC Daquis Jedi JC Daquis says:

    Back then, the whole world was still experiencing the repercussions of the death of Superman when Knightfall was published The Man of Steel did had a good death last year, why not with Bats too Batman during the dark age of comics was largely on his own Post Watchmen, Year One and The Dark Knight Returns, The Bat family was just composed of Batman and Robin, but he was almost unbeatable except maybe in Death in the Family So how can a villain break him That is the thesis of Knightfall Slowly and carefully, Bane crafted a masterplan to wear Wayne down, and finally to literally break him Without a large Bat family to help him, the solution was simple observe him as he takes on the villains one by one, then strike at the time when he is tired all over and beaten.The first time I read Knightfall six years ago largely due to Nolan s films I felt that Bane is a cheater No he s not He just knew exactly how to defeat Batman, thus the Knightfall run, which I can imagine was an unprecedented storyline during the 90s Bane knew that defeating Batman would require every ounce of evil Gotham could ever experience.Knightfall is the answer when somebody asks you which 90s comics to read It is the definitive and best ever Bane story Reading it now in 2018 would definitely take you to nostalgia comics land where narratives are dominated by gritty themes and dark figures of speech and the measure of a macho are a thousand muscles and shiny metal armor That s pure 90s pal.Nolan definitely took down notes while reading Knightfall Many elements in the story made it to the trilogy, not only the epic breaking of the bat scene It s fun to see these elements being realized in the Dark Knight movies.Though Knightfall feels off against today s stories obviously , this is a story that every Batman fan should read Seriously people, read this.

  5. Cheese Cheese says:

    1star knocked off because Jean Paul is a cock and I don t like him The first three quarters of this story is brilliant A real classic Bane really plays out his game to perfection and beats Batman when he s done and dusted Bruce manages to keep it going for a long time, but his ego gets the best of him by not asking for help Even Robin and Alfred play a big part in this and when all the bad guys get released from Arkhum it s pandemonium Again, the joker is the most interesting out of all the foes A classic story but spoilt by Batman s replacement Azrael Jean Paul He s terribly wooden and boring and stupid, I really found it a struggle to read when he was introduced I suppose he was needed for the evolution of the Batman.

  6. Jonathan Terrington Jonathan Terrington says:

    When it comes to Batman and his classic comic book villains most people immediately think of The Joker They might then think of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow or Mr Freeze for example But I have to say that I personally find Bane a deadly adversary than any of them Because unlike the other villains he is perfectly sane While Joker s plans are based around his insanity and his propensity towards chaos Bane is a brute who cunningly plans to take Gotham as his own Think of him as Batman turned mob boss if you will and pumped full of a venom drug which enhances his abilities to superhuman levels.In Knightfall we see Bane come to Gotham and release anarchy curiously a name of a vigilante who appears later in the book upon the city when he blows a whole in Arkham Asylum A sick Batman then struggles to contain and defeat foes such as Two face, Ventriloquist, Poison Ivy, Joker, Scarecrow and Firefly, running himself ragged in the process As he does this Bane watches on, works out who Batman really is and then finally when Batman has been physically and mentally crushed attacks him at Wayne Manor and breaks the bat This for me is one of the most iconic comic book scenes apart from say Superman s death, Spiderman leaving behind his suit and also the Spiderman scene with the death of Gwen Stacy What follows the breaking of the bat is chaos into which a new Batman, a figure wearing the cowl and who makes technological improvements, steps to confront the evil and take back Gotham from Bane.What is so significant in this comic omnibus is the depiction of a broken Batman as mentioned before As a character he had taken many gunshots and wounds but he had always had the mental edge on opponents No one had broken him mentally and defeated him in a one on one fight until Bane did which opened up a whole new area for the comics and posed the question could Batman still continue to defeat his enemies while not killing There are other questions posed again such as the thought that since the insane members of Arkham do not play by the book the police need a Batman who too does not play by the book Another question is raised by the psychologist who says that all the inmates are merely misunderstood which is challenged by everyone else who says, a body count in the triple digits and they re misunderstood Either way the whole challenge of how the Arkham inmates should be tried is thrown up Should they get away with crimes on the basis of criminal insanity A very excellent comic book omnibus and very much recommended I personally prefer this story arc to Watchmen or Batman The Dark Knight Returns While it may lack the sophistication of those works I still believe it has uplifting ideas This omnibus does not focus on death and doom but rather on how to come back from defeat and how to take defeat If you want a different Batman story to others that have been raved about then try this out for size paraphrased of course

  7. Chris Chris says:

    Where to begin I expected this book to be pretty good as every Bat fan says it is a must read I did have a feeling that it was for the importance of his continuity than the story itself I was wrong This story is epic At 600 pages the size alone affords it that title The storyline is epic too though While it is still slightly camp it is clearly post The Dark Knight Returns and things have started to get darker More like the Batman we know and love today Some of the subject matter here is really quite hard hitting To say things don t go well for Bruce would be a major understatement There is a vulnerability to him that we don t often see So used are we to him being a physical, mental and intellectual powerhouse, that seeing him struggling both mentally and physically comes as quite a shock He is clearly still reeling from the events of a Death In The Family and his mental health has been greatly affected For fans of Bruce Wayne or Batman, events of this book are really quite moving On to the story Things kick off with a Bane s origin story In itself a truly tragic way to enter the world I am trying desperately to avoid spoilers here but it would be fair to say that he never had a chance to be anything but evil He is told of the Batman of Gotham and decided in order to prove himself and overcome all fear he must defeat him and take over Gotham City He breaks all the criminals out of Arkham, forcing Batman to run a gauntlet of villains Each one wearing him down , weakening him before Bane s imminent confrontation For some reason, in order to conquer his fear, Bane wishes to break an already worn down Batman Kind of defeating the purpose I feel, but it does make for a great story as Batman battles through Villians of increasing formidability The second part of this story sees Jean Paul Valley aka Azrael fill in for Bruce Wayne as Batman He instantly takes things in a new darker brutal direction, dispensing of Bruce s code and unleashing his ferocity on Gotham s criminals Apprehending the villains now becomes important than the safety of innocent people In the latter part of the story he states I m a lot like you Bane Except I stopped my fall just short of the bottom I think this is a pretty accurate as Jean Paul Valley new Batman is right on the edge of what separates Bruce s Batman from the villains This puts him at odds with Robin Tim Drake who becomes increasingly concerned by his methods I am very interested to see how this relationship develops in Volume two So when people say that Knightfall Volume 1 is a must read for all Batman fans, they are bang on the money This Is easily one of the best Batman stories I have ever read A real classic.

  8. Donovan Donovan says:

    HE IS A BANE TO EVERYTHING HOLY This is the largest graphic novel I ve read to date, exceeding Crisis on Infinite Earths, Watchmen, Return of Superman, and even Saga Book One But it s extremely readable and it took me just a few days It s also among my favorite Batman stories ever So the four hundred pound gorilla in the room quite literally is Bane We learn his origin story, growing up in a third world prison, where he mentally snaps and thirsts for absolute power in Gotham There s great depth and personality to his origin, but I ll leave it there to avoid any spoilers Some critics will complain that Bane, like the book as a whole, is ridiculous But let s back up and look at the book itself This was written early 90s, post The Dark Knight Returns but still in the era of comic camp, and I guess that s why this works so well for me My good friend Chris helped me realize this is a sort of camp grit, a mix of superhero camp and the dark and gritty we ve come to love and expect from Batman comics thanks to writers like Frank Miller I don t think this comic would have made the same impact on me or its readership if it was written any other way This seems to me the best of 90s comics.Which is exactly why I love Bane He is a perfect villain Haters gonna hate, but I think apart from the far too often written about Joker, Bane is one of Batman s greatest villains as far as I ve read His hatred mimics that of the Joker in its chaos and unreasonableness His strength and speed are absolute He s a sociopathic genius who attracts followers like meteors to a black hole And he s fed poisonous super steroids that make him even stronger That s all great dark and gritty writing The camp is where people complain, like his costume for example, and sometimes the dialog and his dialog, too Why is he dressed like a professional wrestler What s with the mask I don t know, it s weird, it s cheesy, just go with it Because when he breaks Batman you re going to think twice about his spandex He sometimes slips into the role of prototypical villain and says things like I will destroy him, Gotham will be mine It really didn t bother me And it s rarely like that He s smart and vicious and very much his own man It s the 90s What ever As if The other criticism I hear is about Jean Paul Valley Azrael, Batman s temporary replacement and whom I ve never heard of outside this comic I ll tell you why I think people don t like him He s to Batman as Jason Todd is to Robin He s stupid, headstrong, disrespectful, a poor detective But I don t hate him, just like I don t hate Jason Todd I have little empathy for Jean, he s a meathead, he s an ass to the very noble Tim Drake, and he thinks he s better than Bruce But he s not a bad Batman, that s the thing He s idiotic but ruthless, which is exactly what s needed when Bruce is incapacitated And his subliminal System training definitely piqued my interest Is he Bruce, is he classic Batman Absolutely not But I m curious what Knightfall Vol 2 holds for him The great thing about this book is that it s not just about Batman and Bane Other villains like Scarecrow, Joker, and Two Face have great page time Scarecrow has several chapters in which he and Joker kidnap the mayor and attempt to take over the city There are several other villains, some stupid, so prepare yourself Ventriloquist exactly as it sounds was terrible and pointless Film Freakwhat kind of villain is that And Anarky, an anti hero, came out of nowhere in the last few issues But don t worry, the best villains make up for it There s also satire on sanity and mental illness running through this in the form of television segments like TDKR Dr Simpson Flanders reference to Matt Groening is a cheery clinical psychologist who promotes his book I m Sane and So Are You, while commenting on the various violent televised charades carried out by escaped Arkham patients He definitely represents the reformation school of thought over the incarceration school, but his naivety is taken to the extreme, saying things to the effect that the patients are merely playing out childhood fears and desires, that they re misunderstood, that society s fear is what causes their violence, and other such nonsense So that was really cool I almost forgot the artwork I won t even begin to try to list all the illustrators There were probably a dozen plus The art somehow remains incredibly consistent, getting crazy only during Scarecrow s citywide holograms yes you read that right It s clean if a bit sketchy, with bold outlines, dark darks and bright colors Some older works from the 90s and before make for difficult reading V for Vendetta comes to mind , but this isn t one of them There were some panels that made me stop and say hell yeah they were so well done And ah yes, then there s Batman Without revealing too much, Batman Bruce Wayne is at his lowest here, progressively wearing down both physically and mentally throughout these 600 pages It s funny, while I can root for Batman in stories where he can t die, I can just as easily root for him in a story like this where he s playing at a loss It s not even that Bane is better than him, Bane is just a strategist and cowardly beats him when he s already down Which makes me hate Bane from a Bat fan perspective If he s such a great fighter why not take Batman while he s in his prime Well, that would make for a short story, his victory wouldn t be for sure, and how else would there be a rematch Which, apart from some liberties taken in physics, is a very cool fight scene Interestingly, Batman the symbol changes with Jean Paul bringing a level of unforeseen ruthlessness and armor I mean, his character is not great, but it s cool to see Batman finally cross the line and get things done That always bugged me, because the god damn villains always escape and kill people And although the armor looks like a cross between Gundam Wing and Transformers, it does lend far utilitarianism and weaponry So if you feel like having a different look at Batman, seeing him break, learning about Bane, and having your mind blown, read this 90s awesomeness.

  9. Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ says:

    I was never a Bane fan, and I don t think I ever will be at all, which is why I hesitated to pick up the Knightfall series in the first place The six hundred plus pages of the first volume weren t that appealing to spend a lot of time with but I do enjoy a challenge so I kept my hopes up and got started I finished it within a span of two weeks though I just read it in a total of six days In retrospect, it seemed quite fitting for me to end my first Batman comics diet with an omnibus edition such as this, considering the significance of this particular series to the old continuity Can you believe it actually has two other volumes which I will read next time It s safe to say this is a long running series that I might need to pursue later on, for posterity s sake as oppose to ready enjoyment.This is a heavyweight collected edition, comprised of the following BATMAN VENGEANCE OF BANE SPECIAL 1, BATMAN 491 500, DETECTIVE COMICS 659 660, SHOWCASE 93 7 and 8 and BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT 17 18 I ll divide this review into significant parts worth noting, and therefore the content may be semi spoiler ish Thread lightly in case you feel like reading this one yourself If not because the length looks to be a handful, then I hope my summary and analyses would suffice your curiosity of what this omnibus entails.ON BANE AND WHY IT S AN APPROPRIATE NAMEAdmittedly, I didn t try to notice just how many issues and titles I was reading which isn t difficult to do at first because this is an an engrossing read right from the very start with that Bane special which told us his origins as a child who was born and raised inside a prison I only remember Bane very briefly in Batman The Animated Series and never cared much for him When Nolan turned him into a chief villain in the last film of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, I remember being intrigued about his interpretation because it was a stark contrast to what I believed him to be growing up Reading Knightfall solidified that prejudice, however As much as I enjoyed his origin story which included his transition to becoming Bane , I found myself starting to care less and less for this asshole as the issues progressed on In fact, I will state from here on out that I think Nolan s version of the character is honorable and nuanced and interesting to see in action Here in the comics he just comes off as a fool with the most vapid of reasons for breaking Batman and conquering Gotham City It s almost laughable There was nothing formidable or intimidating about this big guy at all.I think because of the roster of artists and writers for this series we have Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench and Alan Grant, to name a notable few , there was an unavoidable inconsistency in Bane s characterization With his origin story, he was primed to be an excellent Bat villain but then other writers start having different interpretations of his personality and motives in the next stories that what I understood about him in entirety is that he s a character whose arrogance and bloated sense of worth outweigh his actions and accomplishments a questionable estimate in itself too You never root for this asshole no matter what happens well, that s not completely true there was that moment in the later issues that my money was on him but I digress Let me expound on that later Knightfall is primarily known for the climactic events when Bane broke the Bat For the non comic book reading population, they also know about this because of Nolan s movie And you know what They re better off not knowing the details in the comics itself because I myself was absolutely livid and utterly furious with how that scenario played out I really do prefer the movie s take on it, only because Bane was actually generally likable in the film in spite of his role to play and his breaking of Batman s spine made sense and did not make me feel dirty at all In the comics, it was completely a douchebag move Like some creep, Bane merely waited until Batman is at the end of his physical limits and even then Bats fought back like a champ It was gross I wanted to drown myself in a bathtub filled with scalding water just to cleanse myself with that demeaning discovery It was such a shameful ordeal for everyone involved in writing that, and for anyone who read it Batman was broken by a piece of shit buffoon who cannot even hold a fucking torch to the reputation and terror that the Joker and Ra s Al Ghul are known for Batman was broken because he was already battling an illness minor spoiler he had pneumonia and he also had to clean up after Arkham Asylum s inmates started roaming around the city With the stress Batman is undergoing personally and the commotion he needs to deal with, it was shocking he could still walk, let alone fight That s the Batman we all admire and root for But then here came some mediocre douche who was so cowardly and self entitled only dangerously powerful because of some venom he injects in his body, and he broke Batman s spine and acted as if it was a world record, never been that before feat of strength and cunning I cannot stress how much I was literally SCREAMING at the screen while I was reading this You don t own shit, Bane You re a shit FUCK YOU was what I shouted, I think I was so disgusted with everything that I put off reading the next issues for at least another whole day When I did come back to it, Bane was thankfully not the center of the stories any but I can t be joyous about that yet because the asshole is replaced by another douchebag named Jean Paul Valley.SWEET VALLEY HIGH STRUNG BATMAN PRETENDER UGH Remember a while ago I said that there was a moment while reading Knightfall that I actually rooted for Bane, the bane of every sane human s existence Well, that happened because someone I equally despise decided to challenge him to a death match and that douche in question was named Jean Paul Valley who started out as a pretty cool secondary character when he was just his own hero a.k.a Azrael , helping out the good guys But things got sour pretty quickly when he was tasked to put on the Batman cowl in the meantime while Bruce recuperates And the son of a bitch loved it and enjoyed beating up thugs and criminals way too much It was like watching a substitute teacher take over a classroom with utmost aggression in spite of his inadequacies for the job In Jean Paul s case, it s his lack of discipline and moral resoluteness I kept cringing in every fucking moment he would choose callous pragmatism and violent means which one time almost cost an innocent life It was so horrible While Bane made me scream in fury and frustration, Jean Paul made me want to go to a corner and justcry.It just goes to show that there is a certain level of nobility and greatness that you expect from Batman as an ideal And Jean Paul may wear the costume all he likes but he isn t upholding the values Bruce Wayne instilled One time he even bragged about his focus being on the DARK as oppose to the KNIGHT job description of the title What a piece of shit One of my favorite small moments was during The Devil You Know issue, where Bane said it best when he claimed So I have brought ruin to Wayne And his neophyte brings ruin to the Batman Heck, I applauded that asshole s poetic observation, and y all know by now I hate him.The Robin for this series is Tim Drake who can be a buzzkill sometimes, yeah, but in this occasion, his trepidation and desire for caution around the Batman pretender are very valid and reasonable But no one listens to Timothy, especially not Jean Paul whose pages upon pages of monologue and action sequences were so unsettling to watch unfold I think my enjoyment for the story also suffered I have no kind of sympathy whatsoever for the supposed hero I m reading, and the mediocre villain he had to defeat Srsly, fuck them both So it s been a really a tight competition between them regarding to which character I loathed the most for this volume minor spoiler no one wins that title once I finished the book I pitied Bane in the end while I eventually and begrudgingly accepted that fucking Jean Paul will have to do as Batman for now.Before I close this part of the review, I would also like to add that as much as I hated what I m reading, it doesn t mean the writing and illustrations are lackluster or bland I might be hating on the characters but that s because the writing for their characterizations are outstanding in the first place.The later four hundred pages of the first volume for Knightfall are centered around the detestable Bane and jean Paul as they struggle to define the world in their narrow sighted terms and misguided actions Bane failed in his shallow crusade to be a self made champion of the weak because all he is was a flawed mechanism of his own ruin Meanwhile, Jean Paul chose to cross certain lines Bruce could never afford to do, and it therefore placed him in a position where he can very much become the villain himself if he ever forgets the values he s supposed to stand for With that in mind, someone really needs to take away the costume from him before it gets worse But then again, where s the fun in that for the second volume MISCELLANEOUSAlmost all Bat villains make their appearances as well such as the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Two Face, Amygdala, Scarface and the Ventriloquist, and Anarky There are some humorous Harvey Bullock scenes as well he delivers a lot of great zingers Different writers and artists collaborated for the issues and this could either be a pleasant experience or a confounding one if you re into a consistent art styel and technique Mine was on the former I really didn t mind the visual variety because I was engrossed enough with the stories and plot lines to pay a closer attention The one time I did start to notice the illustrations is during the Scarecrow centered issues because the detail and panels layout in those were fantastic to browse through.RECOMMENDED 8 10 The first volume had enough action and substance to keep you going The astonishing length will be intimidating at first but the reader will not find it hard to get into the meat and bones of the story after a while as long as he she also learns to trust the writers with where they re headed even during the moments they have to get inside the heads of extremely unlikable if not downright unremarkable main characters, such as with the case of Bane and Jean Paul Valley.

  10. Sesana Sesana says:

    It s a solid plot, which is probably why elements of it got used in Dark Knight Rises Bane breaks the Batman Unlike in most later appearances of Bane, he isn t a dumb, hulking brute Even the usually brilliant Batman The Animated Series went down that route Here, Bane spends most of the story as a figure in the shadows He unleashes the entire population of Arkham, then sits back and watches the inmates slowly wear Batman down Was Bane ever this menacing again And right up until the iconic moment on the cover, it s a good read Sure, the art and writing are nothing special, even a little dated But it s still fun to read And then the Jean Paul as Batman storyline Less enjoyable, on nearly every level The confrontation with Bane is anticlimactic at best, and none of the characters are as engaging as they had been at the beginning of the book, or can be elsewhere Nightwing is all but useless, and only shows in a few panels, and Tim just isn t himself I also don t like how so much of the action is given to third stringers at best from Arkham, while the real big players are all but ignored The Ventriloquist s very spread out story is a small gem, at least so far If only all of the heavy hitters had been given such an interesting treatment

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