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Batman: No Man's Land (Batman: No Man's Land Novel)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,481 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
GOTHAM CITY: a dark, twisted reection of urban America. Overcrowded, overbuilt, and overshadowed by a continuous air of menace, this gothic nightmare is a breeding ground for the depraved, the indifferent, and the criminally insane. It's also the object of one man's obsession. Witness to the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne has dedicated his life to protecting thi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Novelization, 468 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pocket Star (first published 2000)
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Sep 04, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
After my good experience while reading "Knightfall" (you can read the review of that one here: Knightfall, I was sure that I will enjoy to read this other storyline of Batman titled "No Man's Land". My only regret is not being able to get it on Hardcover edition, since I have "Knightfall" in that presentation, it could be great to get that one in hardcover too. However I wasn't aware of the publishing of this novelization and when I found out, the edition that I found then it was the softcover e ...more
Amanda Michelle
May 01, 2010 Amanda Michelle rated it it was amazing
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Dec 18, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-shelf
In the book Batman: No Man's Land by Greg Rucka, Gotham city, batman has sworn to protect, is destroyed by a earthquake and is cut of from the United States. With batman no where to be seen, the citizens of Gotham have to fight for survival and wait for their savior. This book is very good. It is written well, and the characters are interesting and fun to read about. The message of the story is to always have hope in the worst of situations.
Jun 01, 2010 BookMarc rated it it was amazing
Dark. Atmospheric. Chilling. And that was just the ride home on the metro last night. It was made all the more creepy by this gem of a book, 'Batman: No Man's Land'.
I love it when the potential of a character is fulfilled and it has blossomed into what you knew it could be. For too long Batman has been tainted with the shadow of Adam West's portrayal on the 60s tv show and then there were the campy movies of which only 'The Dark Night' offered any redemption. In this novel by Greg Rucka the read
Feb 24, 2012 Roger rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is the novelization of the Batman graphic novel "No Man's Land". I have not read the graphic novel, so I cannot comment on how close the novel followed the events in graphic novel.

In a nutshell, an earthquake devastates Gotham. The U.S., not wanting to face the cost of a clean-up, makes Gotham a "no man's land", essentially abandoning the city and those who refuse to leave it. Lawlessness descends upon the city and Batman (plus his allies) are left to restore civilization to Gotham.

It took
May 16, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
After an earthquake destroys Gotham, the government has declared it separate from the United States and it has become known as No Man's Land. Only a few remain behind to help restore the city to what it once was, but first they have to fight against Gotham's most notorious villains, who now have free rein over the city...and Batman is nowhere to be seen. This was given to me to read, otherwise I probably would have never read it since I'm not very fond of books adapted from other sources nor hav ...more
Nov 11, 2009 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Judging from a glance at other reviews of this book, my reaction was similar to that of a lot of other people: I did't think I'd like this book as much as I did.

To be honest, I had many doubts regarding the novelization of a comic book. I've been reading Batman comics for over a year now (and what I lack in terms of time I surely made up in volume), and I admit I doubted that could translate into the novel format. If it hadn't been for the recommendation of a friend, I wouldn't have picked it up
Daniel Sherrier
Aug 17, 2013 Daniel Sherrier rated it it was amazing
Though the "No Man's Land" storyline was originally published as a year-long comic book event crossing over all the Batman books, it actually works better as a novel written by a single author. Greg Rucka wrote some of No Man's Land's best comic book chapters, and he succeeds in making this a great novel in its own right.

This isn't some quick-and-dirty adaptation to make a few extra bucks from hardcore Bat-fans. Rucka gets us in the heads of the rather large cast, and the characterization is sp
Caleb Parker
Dec 06, 2011 Caleb Parker rated it it was amazing
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Craig D.B.
Aug 29, 2012 Craig D.B. rated it it was ok
I read this both because I'm a Batman fan and because it was one of the inspirations for The Dark Knight Rises. Despite being a 430 page novel, it felt both overlong and incomplete. Too many characters and too many story lines. Some of them don't really go anywhere. Some characters appear to be major players in the early going and then fade into the background or disappear completely. Batman himself doesn't get to do enough interesting things. Lastly, the climax felt anticlimactic. It's more des ...more
Dustin Gaughran
Aug 05, 2012 Dustin Gaughran rated it really liked it
This was an awesome Batman novel. This is what I had hoped for with Knightfall. No Man's Land was dark, gritty, and violent. It managed to incorporate many of the more recognizable villains into a story that really moved fast. The characters had depth, and the plot was woven together nicely. A very, very worthwhile read for Batman fans.
Jan 15, 2013 Jake rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
(3.5) I had heard that Rucka's adaptation of his excellent graphic novel series was good and this one did not disappoint. Although I wished it had focused a little more on Gotham (it does in the beginning then just kind of waffles), it's still a well-written tale with great usage of Batman's rogues gallery.
Mathew Blackburn
Jun 18, 2014 Mathew Blackburn rated it did not like it
The writing was just too bad to suffer through.
Ankit Singh
May 28, 2015 Ankit Singh rated it it was amazing
In Batman: No Man's Land, Greg Rucka tells the story of Gotham a ruined city filled with limitless crime and a earthquake which obliterated the city. Now the US Government has decided to break all connections with Gotham and has abandoned it, leaving the citizens of Gotham to defend and look after itself. Now characters like Commisioner James Gordon must try to bring law and order to the streets of Gotham. But the task proves to be difficult as high profile criminals like the Joker, Two-Face/Har ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
I learned from Phoenix: End Song that Greg Rucka is skilled at turning characters I dislike into human beings. (Or in that case, back into human beings). In No Man’s Land, he managed to come close with Batman, by allowing him so many moments of weakness before his friends and enemies, but unfortunately, there’s only so far you can go with Batman’s character, (or any of the main DC heroes). In all their time, these characters are largely unchanged, remaining untouchable, inhuman gods. I’ve realiz ...more
Apr 26, 2013 Tarl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super-hero
I really wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked this book up. Then I started reading the first few words and was hooked. Really hooked.

Rucka does what I can only call a stunning job writing about Gotham and Batman. He takes things such as the Joker and gets inside their head, and manages to capture every single point about them. He turns them into a believable character, one that comes alive on the pages despite there being no art around to assist. Out of all the characters Rucka wrot
Dec 05, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Bought this book because I love everything Greg Rucka writes (especially Queen & Country, which is AMAZING!) This novel is a serialization of a 1999 comic series when Gotham was wracked by earthquakes and written off by the US Gov't as a No Man's Land.

The most awesome thing about this Batman book is that Batman is barely in it! It is much more focused on the great cast of supporting characters (who will be familiar to Batman readers - especially Rucka/Brubaker's awesome Gotham Central series
Daniel Padulo
Aug 13, 2012 Daniel Padulo rated it it was amazing
batman no man's land was a very suspenseful novel that included a wide variety of super villians and heroes. when the government can no longer handle Gothem city and abandons it by destroying all connections to the islands by destroying bridges and allowing no one to go in or out. All the criminals are running lose and gangs rule the streets. the police department is doing its best to maintain the city and the batman has returened and helps clean up Gothem city along with batgirl and other heroe ...more
Mister Future [formerly known as 'Pizzle']
Let me start by saying that this is the best Batman novel I've ever read (probably the best out there considering the limited number of Batman novels that have been written and the general quality of said novels). Honestly, I can't explain why No Man's Land is better than other Batman novels, all I know is that, for some reason, Rucka's Batman (and Bruce Wayne) worked for me. This book is heads and tails ahead of the novels within the same class, namely because of its realism, plotting, and shee ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I loved the crossover event on which this book is based. No Man’s Land was a year-long story which occupied the Batman comics for about a year, involving Gotham City being declared no longer part of the United States of America. Lawlessness ruled the land and for 12 months, Batman and his extended family worked to bring Gotham under control from both the tinpot dictators who had taken over the streets and Batman’s rogues gallery.

It’s a fairly good novelization which I suspected, considering Ruck
Namtarn Chawanrat
Nov 17, 2013 Namtarn Chawanrat rated it it was amazing
I'm so not a big fan of Batman. I bought it in the first place just because i was in a mood of the batman3 movie: the dark knight rises. I was kinda regret i've bought it but that was before i've read No Man's Land! It turn out to be so thrilling, suspense, and heartached! I like suspense, twist end and heartbreaking scenes! Lols. I don't feel like im reading a novelized comics that why i like this book. Whoa, there're all heroes, villians, and other charactors involved in. I love seeing heroes ...more
Tommy Hancock
May 03, 2014 Tommy Hancock rated it liked it
Mixed feelings. The writing was great and all of the stories were fantastic, but it was too obviously an adaptation. There was little feeling of over arcing story, which, in comics, is hardly a problem. I probably would have liked it better if each arc was separated into its own novel, but they would've been tiny.

On the bright side, a LOT happens in this book. And if you like a dark read, it doesn't get much grimmer than the last few story arcs in this book.

I will say this. Don't read this if yo
Jan 31, 2014 Shar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I didn't know what to expect reading another novelization of Batman because after reading "Knightfall", I didn't know if there was another good one out there and I have to say, this is my ultimate favourite Batman novel out there. I have tried to find other Batman novels to read and well ... no other can really compare.

Rucka did a great job setting the atmosphere and the tone. It was dark, it was twisted and I was hooked the moment I started reading. It made me feel conflicted about some charact
Aug 12, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it
What a great book! It was interesting to read because I've only seen the movies and as usual with a book you get the character depth and development that films have a hard time bringing out. I was talking to a friend and he said that Christopher Nolan and his brother began reading the Batman comics when he started working on Batman Begins. I could really see where he drew his inspiration. Specifically with Bruce Wayne and Batman and the complex layers of their personnas. Other than that though a ...more
David Dougall
Mar 08, 2013 David Dougall rated it really liked it
Shelves: hero-fiction
As always these days, this was an audiobook. Though it was more audio drama than it was audiobook. All the characters were voiced by different actors. They did a really good job of casting the parts, though Tim Drake sounded a little weird to me.

I don't know (and don't care to take the time to research) if the movie The Dark Knight Rises was informed in any way from this movie, but there were a lot of parallels. Gotham gets cut off from the outside world after a major earthquake and is declared
Feb 28, 2011 victoria.p rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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William Jackson
Batman: No man's Land by Greg Rucka takes place in DC Universes's Gotham city. A earthquake leaves Gotham in ruins. The United States disowns Gotham and it becomes No Man's Land (N.M.L). Many people rushed to leave Gotham before it became N.M.L. The few who stayed try to maintain the control. Meanwhile the Batman is elusive.

It was an intriguing book. Batman is god in the DC Universe. Beyond the Batman the villain choice was great. Rucka didn't just stick with one type of villain he had them vary
Danny Johnson
May 08, 2011 Danny Johnson rated it really liked it
Gotham City has been laid to ruin by a massive earthquake. The federal government has decided that the damage is so massive that rebuilding the wrecked city just isn't worth the effort and declares the ruined area a "NoMan's Land". The remaining citizens are told that they have a deadline to leave or be stranded on the island city. Arkham Asylum is unlocked in the course of the damage, and every arch-criminal it once held is now turned loose upon a now (officially) lawless Gotham, although Commi ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
Wow! I really enjoyed this novel! I was never really into Batman comic books or comic books in general, but this novelization of a graphic novel story line really hits a home run. Greg Rucka really keeps the pace up beat and I think that the novel form is better as you use your imagination more. I burned through reading this one in a little over a weeks time; it was just hard to put it down! The characters are very well written and it was easy to connect with them even if you never saw a Batman ...more
Michael Smith
Apr 28, 2013 Michael Smith rated it really liked it
This was quite an enjoyable read, a great story and also a great chance to learn more about some of the characters in the Batman universe. As someone whose primary exposure to a lot of the characters has been through the recent Batman video games, I really appreciated getting to know these characters better, especially what makes them tick. The book is quite well-written, and the story quite interesting. This book would have gotten 5 stars were it not for the rather disappointing ending. (view s ...more
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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