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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story that EVERY Batman Fan HAS to Own
While this story was purchased in anticipation for the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" film, I thought, 'Is this really going to be a good movie, I mean... Bane?! That zombied thug from that horrible Joel Schumacher film?' I bought this graphic novel to see if my opinion on Bane would change--and oh boy did it ever! Bane is NOT as depicted in the travesty "Batman &...
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Story's Been Done Better Elsewhere
While breathtaking in scope, the entire saga of KNIGHTFALL feels like one elongated retread of a work done far superior elsewhere. Many of the events occuring throughout the year-long tale are irrelevant to the overall impact of the story. While it was interesting to see another person wear the mantle of the Bat for a time, the urbanized Batman grew cliched rather...
Published on Jan. 24 2002 by E. Lee Zimmerman


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story that EVERY Batman Fan HAS to Own, March 24 2012
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
While this story was purchased in anticipation for the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" film, I thought, 'Is this really going to be a good movie, I mean... Bane?! That zombied thug from that horrible Joel Schumacher film?' I bought this graphic novel to see if my opinion on Bane would change--and oh boy did it ever! Bane is NOT as depicted in the travesty "Batman & Robin", for a more accurate depiction check out "Batman The Animated Series". Essentially, Bane can talk, Bane can fight, Bane is intellectually superior in fact, to the majority of the other Batman villains. There is a prequel for this which describes Bane's motives, I didn't read it but I still understood 99.9% of this novel. If you wish to get a back story on Bane, I suggest "Batman: Vengeance of Bane". So, Bane decides that he wants to study the bat, get to know his weaknesses, after breaking out all the inmates from Arkham (At the beginning of the Novel, not the middle, not the end, the BEGINNING--so you know some good reading is ahead), Bane decides to track Batman as he collects every escaped inmate--the graphic novel is broken into multiple issues, each issue is comprised of Batman delivering that certain villain back to Arkham (and of course the battle with that villain--stopping him/her in a dastardly deed). Bane waits until Batman is weak and destroyed both physically and intellectually before one of the most unsuspected, most historically documented moment occurs. With Villains including: The Joker, The Mad Hatter, The Riddler, Killer Croc, Maxie Zeus (funny one page moment), Firefly, Scarecrow, Two-Face (just a glimpse), Poison Ivy, Victor Zsasz, The Ventriloquist, and many others, this story goes down as number 3 on my top 10 Batman graphic novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knightfall - You'll believe a bat can break, April 6 2004
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Simon (Brampton, ON) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
Knightfall, and the subsequent Knightquest and Knightsend story arcs it spawned marks the first truly *epic* storyline in the Batman comic book titles. This ground-breaking and pivotal series follows Batman as he battles all of Arkham Asylum's inmates, who have been released by the drug-enhanced killer named Bane. Part one culminates with the actual breaking of the Batman, while part two has Batman passing the mantle to his new protege Jean Paul Valley.
The biggest problem with Knightfall is that the actual story begins here, but there are countless back-issues of comics and collected editions that you'll need to pick up to understand how everything got to this point. Who is Bane and what does he have against Batman? Go find 'Vengeance of Bane'. Where'd Jean Paul Valley come from? Read 'Sword of Azreal'. What's the drug called venom? Pick up 'Batman: Venom.' Why's Batman so exhausted? There's no direct answer to that one, but it starts with the death of the second Robin in 'Batman: A Death in the Family'. When did Bane beat up Killer Croc and pump the Riddler with venom? There are two individual back-issues you'll need to read to answer those questions. Even chapter 1 of this book, where Bane destroys Arkham, is not technically a part of the Knightfall saga - Knightfall actually begins with the Mad Hatter story. While it's still possible to enjoy Knightfall without reading all this supplemental history, it's not quite as satisfying without it.
Still, fans of Batman definitely need to read Knightfall. One of the interesting things DC Comics did was give fans the false impression that the changes happening were *permanant*; Batman would really be replaced for the rest of the series. It's interesting to read through this volume from that perspective - is this arc really worthy of being Batman's final adventure? Each chapter follows Batman as he recaptures an inmate, with occasional subplots to keep things interesting (Scarecrow and Joker take the mayor hostage). The writing is excellent, and so is the art (with a few chapters being done by Jim Aparo). Finally, if you haven't ever seen the actual panel where Batman is broken - stop reading. Get up. Buy this book now. Just go.
Batman: Knightfall is a good read, but if you want the full experience, track down all the extra reading I mentioned above. Otherwise you won't feel the impact of this historic Batman arc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man, Aug. 29 2003
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Anup D. Patel "Anup Patel" (Queenstown, MD) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
Simply put, one of the greatest and most complex Batman stories ever told. This is one of the most logical and brutal Batman storyarcs ever told. Ultimately, it poses the big question: Can the Batman be defeated? He can and this story tells us how and why. Just a note for all the wrestling fans out there, this would've been a perfect storyline for the WWE with Brock Lesnar as Bane, Kurt Angle or the Rock as Batman, and Edge as Azrael.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My hero, Dec 25 2002
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Arthur W. Scholbe "awscho" (St. Louis, Mo) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
Batman has been my favorite superhero since "The Dark Knight Returns" came out a decade ago, and this story only carries on the fantastic story telling tradition that began with that story. "Knightfall" begins a story line that has richness, complexity, and depth, and I can't rate it high enough for those of you who are fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read it somewhere - don't bother buying it, Dec 17 2002
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Raymond W. Neal (Jacksonville, FL USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
You'll want to read the story if you're a big Bat-fan, but it's not worth owning unless you're a completist. Go find a place you can read it for free and do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman's Broken!, Dec 15 2002
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
This is one of 2 graphic novels collecting Knightfall(In my opinaion the best Batman story ever told). After busting up Killer Croc & The Riddler, Bane (the newest nutcase Gotham has to give)decides it's time to test Batman. So,Bane & his 3 stogges Bird, Trogg, & Zombie break out every nut job from Arkham.Batman then has to deal with them all.
Good Guys: Batman, Robin, Azrael, Huntress,
& Alfred
Bad Guys: Bane, Bird, Trogg, Zombie,
The Mad Hatter, Film Freak, Amygdola,
The Ventriloquist, Zsasz, Killer Croc,
Cornelius Stirk, The Joker, Scarecrow,
Firefly, Poison Ivy, & The Riddler
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knightfall: Broken Bat--a grand design but weak execution, July 19 2002
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
With "Knightfall" it is not so much the grand design as it is the execution. Obviously writers Doug Moench and Chuck Dixon were trying to come up with something comparable to the death of Superman for the Dark Night. I think the sacred status of "The Return of the Dark Knight" makes it impractical to try and use the Joker for Batman's primary foe in such an attempt, so Bane plays the antagonist for "Knightfall" the ways Doomsday did for Superman. From a storytelling perspective I really like the triggering event and climax of the first half of the story. The idea of emptying Arkham Asylum as the opening gambit in a deadly game against Batman is a masterstroke. After all, one man can only do so much, and each successive victory weakens Batman. Psychologically scarring a man who has already been traumatized by his parent's murder into becoming a vigilante of the night is going to be pretty difficult, so the idea of simply breaking Batman's back also seems like an appropriate obstacle (Superman already did the coming back from the dead routine). So the set up and the payoff for part one are pretty good.
But it is the execution that most readers seem to be quibbling about. The individual comic book stories in which Batman tracks down the escapees from Arkham are not especially memorable, whereas the goal would be almost for each episode to stand on its own as well as lend itself to a geometric progression of the Batman's troubles. The exception that proves the rule would be the climax of "Die Laughing," where Batman gets a does of the Scarecrow's fear-gas, which only dredges up the Joker's killing of Robin as his greatest fear. But when Bane finally attacks Batman, having worn him down through this long series of battles with other foes, even the flashback of the chain of events does not provide a glimpse of anything more than simply piling on the wounds until Batman has nothing left. The result is functional, but not the spectacular culmination you would hope for with such an epic.
Furthermore, the artwork by pencillers Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, and Jim Balent is fairly pedestrian. In terms of providing some of the atmosphere that suits Batman best, the closest would be "Night Terrors," where Aparo's pencils are enhanced by inker Tom Mandrake to good effect. But ultimately the artwork suffers in comparison to the covers and promo pages drawn by Kelly Jones. The idea of Jones having done the entire "Knightfall" saga does induce salivary secretions, but it was not to be. So basically we have a very good idea that could have been great if the execution had been better.
"Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat" reprints the first half of the epic tale from "Batman" 491-497" and "Detective Comics" 659-663. The tale concludes in "Batman: Knightfall, Part Two: Who Rules the Night."
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1.0 out of 5 stars batcrap, March 26 2002
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This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
this is the worst batman comic i've ever read. i could have written a better one than this without too much effort. a cracked out, psychotic fiend, bane, comes to gotham in order to 'break' batman and thereby rule gotham city. he blows arkham asylum to bits, thereby forcing batman to take on nearly every villain he ever combated all at once. this leaves batman so physically and mentally weakened that at the end this unimpressive, nazi like villain breaks into wayne manor and lays a beat down on batman, ultimately (we think) breaking his spine. batman fans made much of this because this is supposedly the first 'defeat' of the batman, but who could see this as a real defeat in the true sense of that word? at his physical and mental best batman would have worked circles around a musclehead like bane. the characters behave as though it is inevitable that batman will defeat bane despite his debilitated and nearly insane state, although in the better batman books they are much more realistic and like actual people than that. this one didn't take much effort, and is better ignored by true fans of the bat. read "the dark knight returns" or "the killing joke"
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Story's Been Done Better Elsewhere, Jan. 24 2002
This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
While breathtaking in scope, the entire saga of KNIGHTFALL feels like one elongated retread of a work done far superior elsewhere. Many of the events occuring throughout the year-long tale are irrelevant to the overall impact of the story. While it was interesting to see another person wear the mantle of the Bat for a time, the urbanized Batman grew cliched rather quickly in his vicious responses to Bat's Rogues Gallery of criminals. That and the noticeable absense of Nightwing from the majority of the adventures leaves many moments with an overwhelming sense of 'ho hum.' Still, the saga climaxes with little fisticuffs, a nice irony in transforming Bruce Wayne back into the part-detective, part-vigilante that occupies his very soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Descent Into Madness, Dec 6 2001
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Tom (New York) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Paperback)
Obsession. For years it served Bruce Wayne well in his role as Gotham's protector. But what happens when he faces a foe who not only matches him in that department, but is arguably his mental and physical superior? Knightfall presents us with the answers.
Powered by the Venom derivitave, the Spartan and immensely powerful Bane unleashes a torrent of madness on Gotham in the form of Arkham's inmates; the depths of The Dark Knight's obsession are plumbed as he attempts to save Gotham. All the while Bane watches, and measures the Detective.
Overall, a true turning point in the Batman mythos; with his body broken and battered past the point of exhaustion, we truly see Bruce Wayne driven with an almost fatalist determination, a determination that brings him face to face with a villanous perversion of his own discipline, and perhaps, the unthinkable: life without the Bat.
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