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

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  1,572 Ratings  ·  109 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
Paperback, 656 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 2012)
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Alex McFarland You have to read Knightquest: The Search, in order find out what happens with Bruce during this time and how he heals. Unfortunately The Search issues…moreYou have to read Knightquest: The Search, in order find out what happens with Bruce during this time and how he heals. Unfortunately The Search issues we're never collected in trade. If you want to check it out the individual issues are: Justice League Task Force 5-6, Shadow of the Bat 21-23, and Legends of the Dark Knight 59-61.(less)

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Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 18, 2016 Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was ok
As much as I enjoyed the first volume of Knightquest where Batman is defeated by Bane, I found the reincarnation of Batman via Ariel to be a bit overbearing. OK, so Bruce finally recovers and takes back the mantle and mask, but they lost me sometime during Ariel's screwups. I don't know, maybe I just need Bruce because Snyder's Batman 52 universe using Inspector Gordon in The Suit after Bruce's demise also turned me off. Call me old-fashioned, but in any case, I had a hard time staying intereste ...more
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
Mad Tom
May 13, 2016 Mad Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: owned

"A force of darkness bringing light--salvation wrought from terror."

This was a very long book for several reasons. I generally liked it, but Jean Paul Valley is not my favorite. He's not Bruce Wayne, he's not likable, he's not redeemable. He's mostly without a conscience. Any time he seems to be growing a conscience or more likable, he makes a swift about face. The St. Dumas/System mythology isn't as interesting or deep as I had hoped. And he has no Robin to provide tactical support, moral criti
Jul 22, 2015 Roxanne rated it liked it

I've seen a ton of reviews slating this volume, however it's really not that bad but it is all over the place. First off if you only like to read bruce wayne as batman then i'll stop you right there, it's all jean paul, so you could definitely skip this you'll miss nothing. Basically jean paul makes this stupid ass suit with claws and guns and it's naff it's like if wolverine became batman and it's tough work reading about jean paul because he's irritating and 600 odd pages later i still don't u
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
Feb 25, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Feb 06, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2015 Aildiin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This graphic novel achieved very little except bore me to death and convince me that Jean Paul must go away !
Thankfully it's what will happen in the next volume !
Aug 13, 2015 Shadowdenizen rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-batman
While this is not quite as good as Volume 1, it's still an interesting read, and delves deeper into the mind of an intriguing (but unstable) character.
Ryan Milbrath
Nov 04, 2012 Ryan Milbrath rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 Boots rated it it was ok
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
Jan 01, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it
A Quickie Review

More insane action with this new Batman, complete with a rather chilling ending. I'm curious to see how this story arc finishes. The content concerns are pretty much the same as the first volume.

Score: 3/5
Jul 21, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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
Jan 27, 2014 Jana rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
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
Jun 18, 2015 Arturo rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-1985-batbooks
I can't properly gage this book, as the issues were coming out a year before I started reading comics (I was 10 years old). So this Batman armor represents the epitome of cool to me. It's probably a horrible read, I wouldn't give this to anyone to read. But yet I feel it's essential. Ah yes, the year was 1995 and someone brings Batman #500 into class, a die-cut cover of Batman in his classic suit and when opened a new armored up Batman on the 2nd cover. Inside we have a more brutal Batman shooti ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: fanfiction
Batman without Batman, fighting some pretty ridiculous villains. At least the Joker hit not-Batman with a pie. Also, Freddy Mercury has a walk on as a slightly hapless hero who nonetheless saves the day from Corrosive Man.

It filled in some gaps in my Bat-lore, but man, it was eyerolling at times. Seriously, twin cowboys come to Gotham to rob banks? Who does that?

Jul 21, 2016 J rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Even though this is an omnibus edition it feels like there are big gaps in the story. Suddenly at the end of this book Bruce Wayne returns no longer paralyzed? When did that happen? Not in this fat fat book.
Sep 23, 2015 Vishnu rated it it was ok
Just white noise. So, so, pedestrian in the story and dialogue even as the artwork impresses from time to time. As a character in it remarks about something else, it is simply too techno.
Justin Kemmling
Jul 19, 2015 Justin Kemmling rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2017 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I did not encounter a story in this volume that is critical to understanding this overall arc, which is probably why it took me so long to get through it. Each issue is the same, Jean Paul encounters bad guy, Jean Paul stops bad guy but he lacks the skill or finesse of the real Batman and so Jean Paul has inner dialogue throughout story wondering who he really is and questioning his motivation/purpose. Annnd repeat. The villains have been more interesting then JP.

I just don't care about a batma
David Burton
Jun 13, 2015 David Burton rated it it was ok
When I hear people complain about 'comics nowadays' or the illegitimacy of the New 52, I want to show them work like this. These days, comics of this quality wouldn't be put on sale. Especially not for Batman titles. Be warned: this is a collection of sub-standard reading. It's not even bad in a fun, nostalgic, we-were-so-naive-in-the-90s way. It's just not good.

Bruce Wayne is absent, bruised and broken by Bane. Bruce's journey is nowhere to be seen in this volume. Instead, we have the journey
May 26, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
Knightquest is a fun read. The description of Jean-Paul Valley's inner-life paints him in a much more sympathetic light than we saw in the first book. Although he continues to be overly brash in his reactions to criminals and deviate from the moral structure that Bruce Wayne put in place for Batman, we also finally get to see what inner demons (or angels) drive him to act as he does.

One of my favorite aspects of the storyline is that Valley seems to develop an affinity for Wayne's style of vigil
James Zanghi
Mar 21, 2014 James Zanghi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has finished Knightfall
Recommended to James by: No one
Warning, here be spoilers for the first volume!

When we last left Gotham City:

Jean Paul Valley/Azrael has become the new Batman after Bane broke the Bat physically and mentally.

Bruce Wayne and Alfred have disappeared looking for Tim Drake's father and Shondra.

The Joker is still at large.

Robin has become disgusted with the way that the New Batman does things.

Much of the Arkham Asylum breakouts have been rounded up.

And Bane is behind bars following a climatic showdown with Jean Paul.

But the Knightf
Jun 04, 2012 Seth rated it it was amazing
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
Christopher Rush
Jun 22, 2013 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
Jan 27, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok
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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Jun 14, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
(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
Nov 09, 2012 Laurel rated it liked it
Shelves: batman
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
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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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