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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 (Batman: Knightfall #1-2 Omnibus)

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Villainous Bane breaks the Bat. He releases the inmates of Arkham Asylum to create chaos. Batman must push himself to physical and mental limits and capture Joker, Poison Ivy, Riddler, Killer Croc and more. But is Bruce Wayne still beneath the mask? Original Part One: Broken Bat + Two: Who Rules the Night.
Paperback, 636 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by DC Comics
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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 more 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
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a beast of a book, literally you could knock someone out with the size of this thing. You know from the start this isn't gonna be a good time for batsy as he has stubble, so warning sign straight away that this is gonna be a tough one. Of course it's the one when bane does the thing
but there's a whole lot of shit going down, bane breaks everyone out of arkham asylum, which makes for some of the best scenes especially with the ventriloquist trying to find scarface and scarecrow and joke
Now I get why this is one of those must-read, classic Batman stories. BANE! Bane is finally so damn cool! Instead of the ridiculous, hulking steroid junkie that is all you usually see of Bane

(Exhibit One)

We get criminal mastermind Bane! God it was so awesome. You get to see Bane's evolution from a scared little boy forced to grow up in prison for the sins of his father into a man who fears nothing and who has made himself into a weapon in every way imaginable. I loved that the focus was as much
Matt Garcia
Wow. Terrific story line and artwork. The cavalcade of villains presented in this collection is astounding and makes this book a bullet-fast read. Superb origin story of Bane coupled with the "fall" of Batman. A must read for any Batman fan.
This is one of the major Batman arc of the early 90s. It deals with Bane's origin and how he broke Batman's back. Some of it was the inspiration for the Dark Knight Rises movie.
It is sadly a little dated to me, the writing is a little stale ( characters talking about how they feel all the time gets old fast) and I do not like the Jean Paul Valley character.
The art is however not too bad for the times.
Jack Ferreira
Let me start by saying that I'm not an experienced comic book reader. So when I rate comic books I rate them with a certain impartiality regarding the comic book universe. I talk about them on the same level as I would any other type of book.

That being said, you should be able to understand why I didn't think of the plot as particularly amazing or anything. It's just ok, it did it's job with keeping me entertained and it did have some interesting elements to it.
It's evident that certain minor p
Knightfall volume 1 is a great (cheap) way to dive into the awesomely melodramatic crossover event that defined Batman in the 90s. Bane, nurtured into a one man wrecking crew, decides its his mission to take down the Bat. This tome comes in at over 600 pages, and collects the first act of this massive story. Now, you need to know that this book came out in the mid 90s, so it doesn't age as well as some of Batman's more classic stories. But what this book is is fun. It's a trip seeing how the exh ...more
When I was 7 years old, Knightfall hit the comic world like a ton of bricks. Being 7 made it where I didn't understand comics all that well, but I was enthralled with the designs of Azrael as Batman and the monstrosity that is Bane. It was enough where my father would allow me to pick up the Knightfall issues every 2 weeks. I didn't pick up the entire Knightfall saga because of the hefty amounts of issues involved, but I have scattered issues to this day on the event. And if you're like me, you ...more
So I figured that it was about time for me to finally get educated on this. I know of the storyline, but I generally try to avoid reading comics put out as the main line, mostly because the writing is terrible and the art is inconsistent, at best, since everyone is strung out trying to meet crazy deadlines.

Well, the writing is terrible and the art is inconsistent, at best. That's not entirely true, nor is it entirely fair. The first story, of the creation of Bane, is actually pretty interesting
Sean Endymion
They're re-releasing the entire "breaking the bat" series, with all the background issues into three volumes of about 650 pages each? Holy crap!

Pretty good stuff, gotta say! I think there might be a few issues of some other comic that are missing from this, as some characters reference other things going on in the DC universe related to Batman and his enemies, but it's not a big deal. This is a great compendium of the Bane/Break/Azrael arc, and it's done quite well. The tearing down of Bruce, th
Jun 29, 2012 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
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So, oddly enough, I'm a sucker for Batman '90s crossovers. The big, stupid things that run for 50 issues or whatever that promise to "change EVERYTHING!" and end up having everything be pretty much the same at the end. BUT. I digress slightly. Because this is everything I want from a '90s Batman crossover. Peril at every turn! Batman at the end of his rope! Distrust! Cameos galore! So-so art! I don't know why, but I lap this stuff up like some people lap up crappy movies. Such fun stuff.
I always wanted to read this, but never did when it was "new" in the stores... after watching the latest Batman movie that featured Bane I was even more curious to read the origin story behind the Bane character, so I found this book on for very cheap and picked it up. It's not my favorite Batman story it's ok...not my favorite artwork either... I enjoyed it and the price was right for 600 plus pages!
Just wow. 600+ pages collecting the rise of Bane, his defeat of Batman, and the subsequent aftermath. The work is great, you get to see lots of personalities in this saga, and it's very well done, carrying across a long range of time. I look forward to Volume 2, even if I am 20 yrs late to the party...
Ms. Library
3.5 stars. An important piece of comics history, but a little cheesy at points.
Batman doit faire face à la pire menace qu'il a jamais affronté : Bane. Bane s'échappe d'une prison sud-américaine pour venir régner sur Gotham et briser Batman. Pour ce faire, il libère tous les pires ennemis de la chauve-souris. Rendu à l'épuisement Batman est vaincu. Cependant, ce n'est pas l'homme qui compte mais le symbole. Jean Paul Valley (Azrael) prend sa place et amène un style de Batman pas mal plus agressif, au grand malheur de Robin.

C'est probablement le meilleur Batman que j'ai eu l
The psychological malaise is present, making Knightfall a bruised fable of teeth-masticating tension. Still, even with the myopic Jean-Paul Valley and the monomaniacal Bane, this compilation feels tearfully dated. Characters cry out, "let's waste him!" and "let's trash 'em!" in a battle cry that could have only existed in the early 1990s. There's also an expendable, busy, and overtly bloated two-part Spring Showcase that drives the plot nowhere. Even with these garish pratfalls, Knightfall is st ...more
What a incredibly engrossing graphic novel.I loved every minute of it.The tone was set early with the creative and brutal imagery of Banes origin.Like no other super villain before him he intricately plotted a foolproof master plan to break The Batman both physically and mentally and succeeded.As for Bruce Wayne/Batman it was astonishing to see him broken in spirit and embrace defeat.However the gauntlet of super villains he had to face before arriving to Bane would have broken most teams of sup ...more
I was probably too hard on this collection the first time around. I mean, it's kinda perfect in a way since it does exactly what collected volumes of comics are supposed to do by collecting the issues perfectly and presenting them in a readable and comprehensible manner. This is actually a difficult thing to pull off for some reason since many collected editions of comics end in the middle of this or that storyline, are out of order, missing certain issues or have some other strange problem for ...more
Carl Walker
The story is pretty decent for what it is, but reading it now for the first time, after great runs like that of Grant Morrison, it's hard to see Batman so... maladjusted, I guess? I understand that Morrison's hypercompetent Batman is a bit overkill sometimes, but this Batman, while not incompetent like Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams's version, ends up in an dire situation (I guess it's not a spoiler if it's on the cover) due to circumstances that were entirely avoidable! I know that Batman can't j ...more
The overall concept here is fascinating, and I'm enjoying the way that Chuck Dixon and the other writers are exploring the idea of a frail, fallible Batman who makes mistakes and must pay the consequences. Knightfall was not conceived as a stand-alone series of graphic novels; rather, it is a compendium of relevant issues from a collection of different Batman comics, resulting in drastically different art styles. Unfortunately, this also means that characters might refer to events which occurred ...more
My local library recently picked up this compilation of the events of the Knightfall plot arc in the Batman books of the 90s. It can get a bit repetitive at times, since in 90% of the build-up to Bane facing Batman has this: Bruce discusses his exhaustion, pain, and worries about his judgment and ability to go on in terse, "hardboiled" style in the narration boxes; he tells Robin he doesn't want his advice, help, or presence; he gets a lot of the crap beaten out of him. I do understand, though, ...more
An Odd1
Dark. Dark. Dark. Images burned on my retina, I did not sleep at all last night. For memorability, I have to up the rating, despite probable nightmares to come. Violence is harsh, tangible, personal, so X-rating. Such are disadvantages of hold requests that arrive after the yen has gone.

From prequels, Batman is already desperately debilitated , physically exhausted, emotionally drained, under regular treatment by shrink Shondra Kinsolving (love interest?). Who, where, when, why, and how did thi
Martin Earl
I've been meaning to read the Knightfall saga for years, and have occasionally checked out the first TPB from the library, etc. But since DC put out these new, well colored, expanded and more complete editions last year, I decided the time had finally come. Of course I've known the general outline of the whole thing for ages, but it was great to actually read the whole thing.

I really enjoyed this. It was great to sit down with over 600 pages of Batman to read (and I've still got the other two v
Christopher Rush
Finally, after all this time, it's come out in a nice TPB and I have read it. Without all the preliminary prologue stuff, non-Batman readers might be a bit lost for a time, such as who Jean Paul is, why Bruce is already beleaguered, when Bane fought Killer Croc, for examples, but it shouldn't bother people too much. Bane's origin is dark, but he doesn't do much except wait throughout the TPB, other than the entire Arkham thing and breaking Bruce Wayne's back. It's not nearly as boring as that so ...more
Alp Turgut
"Batman: A Death in the Family", "Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying", "Batman: Sword of Azrael", "Batman #489" ve "Batman #490" çizgi romanlarından sonra okunmasını önerdiğim "Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1", tekrar okudukça değerinden bir gram bile ödün vermeyen bir Batman başyapıtı. Batman'i fiziksel olarak bozguna uğratan Bane'in Kara Şövalye'yle olan efsanevi mücadelesiyle akıllara kazınan çizgi roman, Batman efsanesi açısından kilometre taşı niteliğinde. Joker, Poison Ivy/Zehirli Sarmaşık, Riddle ...more
Kirk Kiefer
The first part of DC's massive 90s Bat-event, Knightfall Vol. 1 is a neat concept but with a lacking execution. This book contains over 20 issues and the first 10 or so are essentially the same thing- Bruce Wayne melodramatically narrating about how he's tired and speeding toward his grave, with Bane at the end of things; Batman takes down Arkham escapee; passes out or nearly passes out at the end; repeat. Each issue on its own is okay but it does get quite a bit repetitive.

Then Bane breaks Bat
This is the first of three hefty volumes that contain the epic Knightfall storyline from the 1990's. The theme underlying each issue leading to Batman's fall in this first book can be a bit repetitive and inner monologue lines such as "racing for my grave, already dead" pretty well sums up Baman's mindset throughout.

The villain Bane didn't "Break the Batman" as much as set up a situation where Batman broke himself. Even after reading this volume it is still difficult to grasp how the indomitabl
Jul 21, 2012 Seth rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Like many I wanted to read the Knightfall arc before watching Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. It is a pretty good read, engrossing at a lot of points. I was happily surprised by a few of things that I had not expected. One of the biggest was that I thought Dick Gracen was still Robin and that this was where him and Bruce had their falling out. Instead, Tim Drake is the current Robin.

I picked up this particular collection for its completeness. Unfortunately, it does seem to be missing a few small
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Charles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s.

His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series), on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to w
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