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Batman No Mans Land TP Vol 01 New Edition Paperback – Dec 13 2011
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The story is great, both in its scope and execution, featuring an excellent opening story arc written by Bob Gale (screenwriter of the Back To The Future trilogy) and the incredible debut of Greg Rucka in the Batman mythos, who will be the main writer of the No Man's Land saga to its end.
This book edition is great, and a true bargain considering it's a 500 plus pages softcover for just 29.99 (less than 20 bucks with Amazon's discount). It was a GREAT surprise to notice that the paper stock used by DC for this edition is considerably better than the cheap lightweight paper stock they use for most of their TPBs editions (I own many GL and Batman TPBs and the difference is remarkable). The binding is glued but is really solid, so you won't have spine issues.
The book includes:
- Batman: No Man's Land #1
- Batman #563-566
- Detective Comics #730-733
- Batman: Shadow Of The Bat #83-86
- Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knigh #116-118
- Azrael: Agent Of The Bat #51-55
- Batman Chronicles #16
I have only 2 complaints about the book: many of the Azrael pages feature low or mid quality reproduction, it seems that those pages were scanned. But this only happens with the Azrael issues, the rest of the comic books are perfectly reproduced. And the cover gallery misses Batman 563 cover by Scott Campbell, lets hope they include it in Vol.2.
Another thing to note is that the "Road To No Man's Land" issues are NOT included. It would be great if DCs publishes a "Volume 0" featuring them after they complete this series, but don't worry, because No Man's Land reads just fine without them.
But all in all I'm extremely happy with this edition. This product features a SUPERB price/quality relationship and is truly deserving of its 5 stars.
I would like to extend to you a recommendation to buy this book. To tell you a bit about myself. I have had a very brief history with comics. I have only been into super-heroes and serious reading for about 4 months now, but have had quite extensive experience with Batman in the past through the many movies, animated series, and animated direct-to-DVD releases. Batman books I have read include: Dark Knight Returns, Dark Victory, Long Halloween, The Killing Joke, Knightfall Vol. 1-3, Year One, and Joker. Of course now I have read No Man's Land Vol. 1. So this is my basic piece on the book. It's not for beginners, I'll tell you three basic reasons why before I go into any detail. This book exposes the reader to a large amount of characters, which might be good or bad for a beginner, I know, but I'll also perhaps elaborate with the following reasons. There are many writers and artists who worked on this story, so there are a few character inconsistencies. Also, there are many stories that just plain don't star Batman. There are huge chunks of the book that heavily feature Jim Gordon, Huntress, and even just random survivors. So perhaps one should familiarize themselves with the setting of Gotham a bit more, as this is more a book about Gotham than it is about Batman.
Other people have gone into what issues this collects, so I won't repeat what they have said in any detail. I will, however, tell you the amount of content in this book is well worth $30. I've also noticed people aren't mentioning the difference between the old printings and the new in any detail. The 5 original TPBs allegedly (haven't read them) collect only 40 of the actual 80 issues printed for this event. This 3 part printing will feature all 80 issues in full color on better stock than the original collections. Be careful what you buy however, as the other two parts of this printing have not been released yet. This book includes appearances from the heroes: Azreal, Batman (of course), an unknown Batgirl, Huntress, Oracle, and Superman. There are also many short stories featuring survivors of the earthquake, a story about Alfred, Many featuring Gordon, and a very short story about Harold. Villains featured throughout are primarily: Black Mask, The Joker, The Penguin, Two Face, and The Ventriloquist. Some small appearances are made by Mister Freeze, and Zsasz. I do not know some of the Azreal villains, so I apologize for perhaps not recognizing them.
The art in these stories is normally breathtaking, and DC has done nothing short of amazing with the print quality. Very nice thick glossy stock. I noticed the binding is pretty strong, but the paper stock is very heavy, so be careful reading pages early and late in the book. I noticed some issues with some of the stories though, and what follows is why I removed a star. For one thing, the "Azreal: Agent Of The Bat" stories penciled by Roger Robinson and inked by James D. Pascoe look like they might have been scanned, or I dislike the artists, or both. These books look like they were drawn with magic markers. What I would imagine is they were originally intended to be printed on a very fibrous matte stock, where the blacks would carry over a little more subtle. I found myself disgusted with those 20-30 page sections, many times skimming the stories to get to better material. There was also one "Batman: Shadow Of The Bat #85" written by Ian Edgington and drawn/ colored by D'Isreali. The story I felt was very important, but they took a... rather creative approach with the art and writing. Batman seemed randomly campy and non-descript for this one, in contrast to the dark and interesting Batman featured in the rest of the book. Scene composition was also sloppy many times during this story. The art was too clean and seemed like it was drawn by Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) or Smith (Bone). Everything was cartoon-like and exaggerated.
Though the above might dissuade you from your purchase, I assure you this piece is one of the best Batman books I have read.
It is also one of the best comics I have read so far. So, buy this without question as long as you have enough experience!
Before this new edition the No Man's Land saga was published in 5 smaller paperbacks with only the core storyline. These NEW editions are the complete story. So make sure which one you're gonna buy. The NEW paperbacks have some reviews under them of the OLD paperbacks.
It's a bit confusing, but I hope I made everything clear.
I used to have the 5 trades for No Man's Land. I always thought those were one of the finest Batman sagas of all time, and I still do.
Something I didn't liked about my 5 trades was the paper quality. Pretty much the same paper the issues use to have.
Anyway, I got this new edition even when I got the old ones, and I couldn't be happier!!!!!
First is the quality. This is a big trade with nice strong glossy paper that makes the art looks as good as new. Pretty much like the art in Gotham Central books. Simply magnificent.
Then there's the content. This new edition brings several issues not included on the original trades. There's Azrael and Huntres comics I didn't read before, and makes it a bigger, sweeter story.
And last but not least is how the edition was made. There's a VERY helpful index at the begining of the book that met you know what issue your reading. At the end you'll also find a neat cover gallery. Most of those I didn't saw before (like Alex Ross cover art for No Man's Land #1).
Anyway, if your new to comics, get this NOW!! If you already have this edition, get this NOW!!
I sild my old books so I could afford this one. Not that I'm impling this book is expensive. This book is rightly priced for the content, so I'm more than happy with it, and so will you!!
10 stars out of 5!!
This particular edition only covers the first third of the story (volumes 2 and 3 are set to be released in April and August, respectively), but it includes material not previously reprinted in the No Man's Land multi-volume trade set that was released several years ago. This, then, is a more complete set, and the price is difficult to beat: over 500 pages of story, plus a gorgeous cover gallery is a steal at $20.
One of the best features of this edition is the glossy, high-quality paper on which the pages are printed. The colors really sparkle off the page, the print is easy to read, and the binding is solid enough to hold it all together quite nicely. I would expect an edition of this quality to last for years to come.
I highly recommend this book to Batman fans, or to anyone who just wants to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy an engaging ride through the wonderful world of comics.