Batman: No Man's Land Vol. 3 Paperback – Aug 7 2012
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Now once you've suspended your disbelief over the unlikely premise, you'll find that this story actually works on many levels. Especially in our times - we are seeing daily how people in Afghanistan and Iraq are working hard to bring order and a semblance of sanity back into their lives. And it works especially well for Batman. Batman, after all, is a Bruce Wayne's method of "forcing" his existence to make sense after witnessing his parents' brutal murder as a kid all those years back. Now, Batman is "forcing" a hopeless city back to order and meaning.
The original comics (now collected neatly into five tradepaperback) were great. Greg Rucka's novel is better. Somehow, seeing this story in prose makes it that much more "serious". Rucka, in this novel, decides to write more from the point of view of Gordon, Montoya, Essen and the GCPD rather than emphasizing the role of the costumed-vigilantes the way the comics do. Each section of the novel is prefaced by the journal entries of the crippled Barbara Gordon (the former Batgirl and now Oracle). The 'personal' touch of Barb's diaries makes the story just that much more potent and emotional. Even the exploits of Batman, the new Batgirl, Nightwing, etc.Read more ›
After a massive earthquake levels Gotham, the US government cuts off support and blocks off the city from the rest of the country. Arkham Asylum's most dangerous inmates are freed, and gang wars rage as each take various chunks of Gotham for themselves. This is the situation Batman and his allies find themselves in in No Man's Land, a massive crossover that ran between 1998/1999. Vol. 1 of this collected edition contains two story arcs; the first highlights a new, unknown Batgirl, Batman's return to Gotham, and the beginnings of Jim Gordon's vow to retake his city. The second story features Huntress and the Scarecrow as they deal with a weapons cache hidden beneath a refugee center.
While DC seems to have gotten carried away with massive crossover arcs after the infamous "Knightfall" saga, "No Man's Land" is an excellent read. Characters are stripped of their normal trappings and forced to fend for themselves in new and interesting ways. Batman operates in daylight to make his presence known; Jim Gordon resorts to unethical tactics by turning gangs against each other; even Scarecrow finds new ways to create fear without his toxins. What helps "No Man's Land" trememdously is that while each chapter of a story was published in a different Batman title, they retained the same writer and visual team. The continuity is served much better this way, without awkward pauses while switching writers or varying art styles that distract from the story. The art itself is very good, conveying the hopelessness of ruined Gotham. It's nothing overly spectacular or notable as far as comics go, but it's a solid effort.
Again, the writing is very good.Read more ›
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BEST Batman book I've read!!! I really really enjoyed Greg's writing style. I'm now going to check out his other books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Leonard
Love the Batman graphic novels,opted to go this one as plain old novel.Quite enjoyed my own vision so much that i will have to scoop up the NO Man's Land Graphic novels for... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2013 by RKARR
(Note: This is a review for No Man's Land Vol. 4. Amazon groups all five volumes and the novelization as one product. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Simon
(Note: This is a review for No Man's Land Vol. 3. Amazon groups all five volumes and the novelization as one product. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Simon
It is a great book, which is written from different points of view. It's short chapters and interesting plots help you stay into the book. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Josue Valencia
Batman No Man's Land is a great book to read, unless you hate short chapters and multiple characters. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Jaime Holguin
This continues the storyline of the battle for the ruined Gotham. It's a well told tale.Published on March 16 2004 by email@example.com
This is the beginning of a great new story arc. After the great earthquake, seen in Cataclysm, Gotham is cut off from the outside world. No one in, no one out. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by firstname.lastname@example.org