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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest (Batman: Knightfall)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  879 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Mentally defeated and physically broken, Bruce Wayne suffered a crippling blow while battling the brutal Bane. Now, the mantle of the Bat must be passed on to another, and Jean Paul Valley answers the call! But as the new Caped Crusader slowly loses his grip on sanity, his idea of justice takes a violent and deadly turn. Witnessing this dangerous behavior firsthand, Nightw ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by DC Comics
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Deciding to make yet another Knightfall installment as the graphic novel to mark the end of my second wave of Batman comics diet has more or less solidified my growing suspicion that I have this neurotic tendency not to make things easy for me every now and then when it comes to reading a story.

I deserve a goddamn break from difficult-to-swallow-and-digest sort of comics from a Batman title, do I not? How could I ever allow myself to spend the last two weeks of December reading a 600-plus-paged
I haven’t been this disappointed in a Batman story since Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. When you have a sequel to an amazing story, you want that story to continue and to be everything its predecessor was (and hopefully more). Unfortunately, the second volume of Knightfall definitely falls in the “extremely disappointing sequel” category. Admittedly, it’s really part of the same story, but definitely the same feelings here.

Volume One gives you all the excitement and drama of Bane’s appe
This second volume was just as outstanding as the first.This collection gave a real good insight into Jean Paul Valley accepting the mantle of the bat and just how different of a Batman he is compared to Bruce Wayne.The inner turmoil he suffers through in the book really illustrates his struggle to do whats right and just but at whatever cost necessary.Robin plays a decent part in things as well trying to convince the new Batman that he should strive to hold up the standards and heroics of the o ...more
Jean Paul Valley as Batman is such a mess. And reading this is like just waiting for him to implode and Bruce to come back (and wondering why anybody puts up with this freak). I don't recall if ever there was a sense that Bruce might not be back--that Azrael was taking over permanently, but in retrospect it's impossible to imagine anyone would think he was worthy (which kinda makes Bruce an idiot).

No comment on the cowboy twins (ugh), and other sundry plotlines (most of which are just so-so). T
At this point, Knightfall gets most of its worth as an historical artifact. By which I mean that it isn't really very good, but it is an important even in Batman's history. (Which, post-Flashpoint, may never have happened after all.) The whole Knightfall storyline (Bane breaks Batman, Batman comes back) was the starting point for The Dark Knight Rises, and this volume covers what the movie (thankfully) chose to ignore: Bruce Wayne's less-than-worth successor to the cowl, Jean Paul Valley.

The th
Ryan Milbrath
The Knightfall story arc is the ambitious undertaking of writers Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Alan Grant. The arc, consisted of three parts: Knightfall, Knightquest, and KnightsEnd, and while the storyline was supposed to take place over the course of six months, the publication lasted a year. The storyline is infamous for its bloated content and long-term ramifications for the Batman Universe. It introduces the characters of Bane and Azrael, and continually questions whether Bruce is physicall ...more
This book is weaker than the preceding volume in so many ways. Firstly, the art style is consistently and obviously derivative of other, more famous artists of the time, such as Rob Liefield and Todd MacFarlane. Panel after panel is full of completely improbable anatomy, jagged lines, and absolutely ridiculous costuming--fabric is either stiff as metal or shredded into streamers, thigh-pouches abound, and Jean-Paul Valley's Batman armor accrues pieces until it looks as though it must weigh one t ...more
2.5/5 actual rating.

Didn't at all live up to its predecessor, though to be fair, those were big shoes to fill.

There were a few great moments, but overall the whole thing just seemed far too dragged out--even the Joker issues weren't all that enjoyable.

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Jul 30, 2012 Matt rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: batman
So...this volume's a little much. There's a LOT of the new Batman getting angry, Robin wringing his hands over the increasing violence, so on and so forth, gets a little monotonous. And, if you know (or can guess, which isn't hard) the ending, a lot of the reading turns out to be marking time.'s not that good. But! I can't wait to read KnightsEnd, because man, I can just eat '90s event comics right up, for whatever reason.
Iman Saad
Even though I know how important the Knightfall saga is important to the entirety of Batman, I honestly disliked the whole arc, especially this second volume. I just felt it was too long and I cared so little for what was going on. While watching Azrael's decent into madness was interesting to read and made me appreciate Bruce as a character, 600 pages dedicated to him was way too much! I ended up skipping through most of this volume because I just felt it was too drawn out. By the time I reache ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dc
Honestly, this was a little more of a chore than a pleasure. Saved by some astonishingly powerful artwork from Brett Blevins, and fun in seeing Azrael / Jean-Paul going insane.
I remain mystified as to why this volume does not include the Alan Grant and Denny O'Neill chapters of 'Knightquest' that follow Bruce Wayne, and explain how his broken back is eventually healed. I understand a lot of people hated this, but a) it had to happen somehow and b) as these things go, I thought it was pretty neat
(Exasperated sigh) I need a minute here folks, this was a rough one. This book contains only half of the Knightquest Saga: Which is The Crusade half, and this focuses on Jean Paul Valley, who has become the new Batman in Bruce's absence and is now acting like a Psychotic dick. The other half that the producers choose not to include? Well that included a tragic Bruce Wayne, the search for Tim Drake's(Robin) missing father, and Bruce's recovery of his injury...WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU DC!? ...more
Christopher Rush
This middle volume is a little bit of a letdown, though that isn't too surprising, considering where it falls in the spectrum of the whole major arc. The good news of this volume is it collects for the first time a lot of the issues involved in this period. Fans of The Search may be disappointed, since it does not have any of those issues (and probably should), but by this point no one should be surprised this collection is missing them, and those who are interested in this storyline will find e ...more
Alp Turgut
Efsanevi "Knigthfall" üçlemesinin ikinci halkası olan "Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest"i iki farklı şekilde değerlendirebiliriz. Öncelikle "Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest", Bane'in ardından felç kalan Bruce Wayne'in hikayesini anlatmıyor. Yani, eserde okuduğumuz Batman, Wayne'in ardından geçici süreliğine pelerini giymiş Jean Paul Valley, yani Azrael. Bu yüzden The Tally Man, Mekros, Abattoir, Gunhawk, Corrosive Man, Clayface 3 ve 4, Kedi Kadın, Joker ve çok az da olsa Mr. Freez ...more
In this volume we exclusively follow Jean Paul Valley who has currently assumed the mantle of Batman. The issues in this collection are uneven in quality, with some great arcs involving Joker, Catwoman, and The Tally Man mixed in with stories following, frankly, badly written second tier villains or newly created mobsters, assassins, gangs, etc.

The best part of the story was the interior breakdown of Jean Paul. The constant pressure of being Batman, the terrible inhumanity he witnesses on a nigh
The story picks up after the new Batman, Jean-Paul Valley defeated Bane and is now the new dark defender of Gotham. He is a far more brutal crime fighter and driven by a need to prove himself. The System, brainwashing programmed into him by the Order of St. Dumas proves to be both a blessing and a curse. It helps him focus in battle and create ever more powerful weapons. It also pushes him to become an assassin. Valley struggles with the legacy of his father, his desire to be a hero, and the dar ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Barbara by: Apple De La Fuente
All in all, not bad. This was more Jean Paul's story & less Bruce's exploits. In fact, they barely touched on Bruce at all. There was a brief moment in the late middle of the book & then the very end of the book in issue #7 of Robin. There is a hole in the story. And it nags at me.

In Volume One of Knightfall, Bruce was crippled by Bane & had set out to rescue Tim's father & his private doctor (Kinsolving) who had been kidnapped. Next, we see Bruce & Alfred on a private jet he
This is an important part of the history of Batman comics, and was going on when I was just entering early teen years...I had been reading Batman, but something like Baseball Cards got me off of comics, and I just remember Batman having his back broken, and not believing it, then Superman being killed by Doomsday and thinking holy crap!
Of course, in the comic world death and disfigurement don't last long, though the Knightfall saga really did take a lot of time and encompass all of Batman, Detec
Michelle Cristiani
Jean-Paul Valley, as Azrael the Avenger, is an interesting hero. He's been mind-programmed without his knowledge, all through his childhood, by something called the System, which compels him to 'avenge' when things have gone wrong around him. The problem, of course, is that the System decides what 'wrong' actually means, and Jean-Paul doesn't have much say in the matter.

In this installment of the Knightfall world, Batman is recovering from a broken back thanks to Bane (yep, you've heard that be
May 31, 2012 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
This is the Batman Knightfall volume that received completely newly collected content in this revision of the Knightfall collected editions. If you already have the original 3-volume Batman Knightfall collection (1993-1995) and Batman Prodigal (1998), this collection fills in the gap between the 1st two Knightall books and Knightsend/Prodigal. (If you also have the "Batman versus Bane", you'd have most everything from the Knightfall volume 1 reprint, so I'd suggest skipping that one and going st ...more
Ivan Leong
Bruce Wayne is still incapacitated from Bane's attack and passes the mantle of the Bat to someone else. Will the NEW Batman carry on his legacy ?. This brand new Batman is like a crossover between Batman and Ironman. Too much focus on the gadgets too little on the investigative skills. However I am still looking forward to the next book, where Bruce Wayne returns.

*Just finish reading the entire series. If Azrael dont matter to you, just skip this book.
I didn't hate this collection, nor did I love it. People who were expecting Bruce Wayne to be in this should have read the first volume. This is all about Jean Paul, and I agree, he's not a likeable character nor is he really that interesting. But his version of Batman IS interesting and more brutal, which can be cool. Just not for over 600 pages. It grows tiresome after a while. So all in all, it's pretty 'meh'.
Jean-Paul Valley's story was a bit bloated, but it kept me entertained. This particular edition did not include Bruce Wayne's story (The Search) which left me a bit dumbfounded.
Though, as a statement on the 90's superhero (big armor, multiple unexplained pouches, loose morals) I thought it worked quite well.
I can't stand the new costume. You can really see the influence of the 90's style of art here. It is still very interesting at times. I am just a diehard Bruce Wayne guy.
I didn't think I would enjoy substitute Batman, but Jean Paul was an interesting anti-hero and I liked the way Dixon and Moench used him as an instrument to explore Bruce through contrast. Exploring Batman through negative space (shadows, perhaps...), if you will. The only thing that really bugged me was that Jean Paul sees full fledged hallucinations and just attributes it to "the system." Doesn't try to, maybe, be a little stabler. But otherwise awesome, and this is an great setup for a new ch ...more
Markus Seaberry
There's a lot of bad 90s art, and I struggled to read this, but the end sets up Volume 3 nicely.
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!

Not as good as the first volume because of some of the middle episodes (Why Clayface? Why small fry? Why a few boring arcs?), but made up for with Jean-Paul's conflict with The System and the choice between being Azrael and being Batman. The ending of this volume was fantastic, but "The Crusade" arc really didn't have to be as long as the "Knightfall" ar
Alex Andrasik
What's up with those country western bank robber twins?
I have to agree with a lot of the reviews about vol 2. It was a bit of a grind and Bat man is barely in it. Just finished vol3 which made grinding through this one worth it.
Jamie Illman
Where was The Search? That was horrible...
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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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