Broken Bat. Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon
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Broken Bat. Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon (Batman: Knightfall #1)

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The Dark Knight's greatest enemies have all simultaneously escaped from Arkham Asylum. Batman reaches his physical breaking point as he takes on the Joker, the Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, the Riddler and Scarecrow one after another.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Titan Publishing Company (first published July 1993)
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Brandon
..and I thought I was excited for The Dark Knight Rises before.

I seriously had no idea that Bane could be this awesome. When he was announced as the villain in the new Batman film, I was really hesitant to get my hopes up. I mean, Bane?! That loser from Batman & Robin (note to self: never base anything on that garbage movie)?? All he did was grunt, scream and smash stuff. Other than brute force - he didn't seem like that much of a threat.

So when I was given this graphic novel for Christmas,...more
Sam Quixote
The masked villain Bane arrives in Gotham with a plan to destroy Batman - release all of Batman's prisoners from Arkham Asylum and once he's gone through them all, he'll be at his weakest and then... then he will break him!

The first part of the Knightfall trilogy is overlong and a bit dull to be honest. It's a good storyline, Bane setting loose a ton of villains into Gotham and then sitting back, waiting for the perfect moment to strike, but all it means is that Batman has to go through each and...more
Magic Mike
In the 90's DC decided it would be a good idea to have their two main superheroes defeated in two different ongoing story arcs. Superman was killed by the completely new and totally lacking in depth of character Doomsday. Batman got his back broken by the just introduced character of Bane. Bane is a criminal who breaks out of prison with the sole intention of defeating Batman. Which in this case is not killing him, but merely breaking his back (superheroes never die).

Bane, like Doomsday, has no...more
John Yelverton
Extreme shock value, but it's just trying to copy "The Death of Superman".
Seth Madej
I missed Knightfall the first time around, because the series began right after I left for college and temporarily gave up my comics habit that was born from and raised on Batman. Nowadays a craving for superhero books boils up in me about twice a year, and the last one hit its peak just as I rewatched The Dark Knight Rises, giving me the irresistible urge to examine its primary source material. Turns out it's the first comic collection in years that made me embarrassed to be reading it. The lig...more
Krzysztof
Not as good as I remember it from my childhood, but still pretty good.
The main gripe I have is that I remembered more Azrael in the background, and that apparently happened before this story arc? Also, Bane wasn't introduced here, there was some kind of side-story with the Riddler, Killer Croc and Bane before the action of this collection, so there are some blanks which this book doesn't cover. The complaint I'm making is that this is not the "comprehensive" Azrael/Batman/Bane story arc I though...more
Jill
I really did like this one.

Some drawbacks: Some of the characters and situations this one starts off with are kind of confusing if you don't know the back story on them. I really didn't understand some of what was going on until I looked up the prelude stuff on Wikipedia's Knightfall page. But it IS a comic book series, so that's probably to be somewhat expected. Also, some of the dialogue is a little too cheesy, to the point that I occasionally couldn't suspend my disbelief or felt that a line...more
Michelle Cristiani
Classic DC arc from the 90's, where superheroes are shown to be fallible. It's not fun to watch Batman like this, run-down and ill and throwing batarangs all wrong. But it does make for a great story, of course. This first volume is 'broken bat' and yeah, he pretty much gets broken. It doesn't really compute - because he's BATMAN - which is why it works so well. You kind-of can't believe what you're reading.

Typical of the character, Bruce Wayne keeps going when he should be resting. Something a...more
Laura Wattie
Batman: Knightfall vol. 1: Broken Batman by Doug Moench.

This Batman story is not everyone, actually it brings everything you love and hate by the Caped Crusader in to one volume for a two volume story.

First of all, you need to read to the lead up comics to understand it which I admit that I didn't do because most of the Batman stories I read is that you don't need to read surrounding stories to get it. However its a good read, a bit trashy and less thought provoking than other Batman stories (...more
Bob Jones
I like the idea of having a copy of the graphic novels the recent Nolan movies are based off (Year 1 for Batman Begins, The Killing Joke for The Dark Knight), so, Knightfall seemed like a good investment to make. I only got Volume 1 because I'm frankly not interested in the subsequent Azrael storyline, though I might end up picking up Volume 2, since Broken Bat ends rather abruptly. Spoiler: the bat gets broken.

Aside from being a little dated (the robot that appears on the first fucking page jus...more
Caroline
It's really a shame the prelude that provides the backstory for Batman's condition at the beginning of this story arc wasn't in any way included in this trade paperback. This begins with Bruce Wayne as a bit of a mess, and since it can be pretty difficult to track these things down in order (especially relying on the spotty selection at the library), I had to jump in with only some information online to know what was going on. There's some random characters in here that I had no clue who they we...more
Sean
I finally got a chance to read who Bane breaks the Bat and I have to say for when it was made its pretty good. Batman has to run an amazingly tough gauntlet as Bane terrorizes Gotham. He is pushed beyond his limits and isn’t relying on any kind of support system. Here you see how crazy Bruce Wayne actually is but its clearly a different kind of crazy than Bane, Joker, or Mr. Zsasz. There were some dated parts, like Bane’s goofy henchmen, the G.C.P.D.’s ineffectiveness, and the TV spots but this...more
Jen
I was pretty much gnawing my fingernails off out of fear for Bruce. He’s perpetually the man of strength and indestructible resilience and stamina, so it’s frightening to see him crushed by another man. A shitty villain like Bane. Oh sure, he deduced Batman’s true identity under a year or so, but that doesn’t make him a worthy villain to me. At least Ra’s al Ghul and perhaps even Hush (the villains who know that Bruce is Batman) has more charisma and showmanship than the steroid-glutting brute....more
Justyn Rampa
I finished the first of three volumes of the Knightfall Saga. Overall, it was well done and ambitious, but I felt like it was lacking that special quality. The concept is solid, but I don't necessarily believe in the origin of Bane or why the hell he has out for Batman or wants to control Gotham City. It was hard to suspend disbelief a bit for me. Also, I found the multiple shots of Batman pushed to his limit became somewhat laughable and ridiculous at some point. The reader is just hit over the...more
Jimmy
I like Batman.
I grew up with the bang keeps Batman on TV on a Saturday morning. Yes I'm too old for comics, bite me.

But this story arc just left me flat. There are a few moments in there that are doing a lot of lifting. I suppose I'm after getting used to story arc that aren't as scattered and billions with actual motivations. Ok the joker always gets a pass on motivation but hey, why so serious?

So worth reading to know about an important part of Batman mythology/backstory , just don't expect to...more
Cole
I think that the best part of this storyline was the part leading up to Batman's defeat at the hands of Bane (who was at best a b-list villan, who looked like a mexican wrestler)... Basically, the first thing that Bane does when he comes to Gotham is crashes Arkham Asylum and basically unleashes all of Batman's foes on him simultaneously... So basically, you get all these little stories and vignettes where Batman basically battles everyone he has ever put away (even minor one-shot villans) in li...more
Adam Pereira
Batman: Knightfall Part 1 is the first Part of a three arc storyline of a classic tale, and one of the most popular of the Dark Knight's tales. Knightfall is about the classic tale of the fall of Bruce Wayne. The story sets off as a review to Bane, and his origin in the prison in Santa Prisca. We see Bane as a child, going throughout the prison, damned to serve the sentence of his father. As he lives throughout the prison as a child, his mother is executed at a certain age and Bane is left as a...more
I NEED A HORSE
So here's what happens: this gay wrestler comes to Gotham and beats the shit out of Batman.

And he deserves it.

Now the bad guy Bane, is no one you want to fuck with. He's jacked up on all sorts of drugs and steroids and I was rooting for him the entire time. I like Batman, but his writers are ignorant and some of the fans think he's is a god who can beat Galactus (a being who eats planets in a bowl of milk for breakfast) blindfolded with both hands tied behind his back. He's just a normal guy fo...more
Miki
I can't believe that the average rating for this book is 4 stars. The overall plot is reasonable, but the execution is bad. The book feels like Batman facing a series of mini-bosses before meeting the megaboss. The encounters feel contrived and the author does a poor job of conveying any complexity - the dialogue is terrible. All this said, I'm still going to try to read part 2 of Knightfall because I love Batman.
Lord Vader
Watching the movie is not worth it. Yeah, it's kind of cute how batman and bane slap each other and batman recovers, but this comic really makes the reader get the physical and physiological pain he goes through, and it also offer's a new refreshing view of most of batman's enemies, not to mention the introduction of the enemy who could literally break the batman, so if you thought the movie was good, read the comic.
Eric
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Scott
This was a really good read and a must for any fan of Batman. It was pretty well written and each issue has Batman facing off against at least one Arkham escapee, all leading up to the final face-off with Bane and the title of this book. I enjoyed The Long Halloween and Dark Victory a little more (in both writing and art), but this a one of the seminal Batman books.
Adam
This brilliant forst part of the Knightfall trilogy depicts Batman put to the test, worn down and may have finally met his match. After originally reading this when it first came out, I decided to re-read it after watching 'The Dark Knight Rises' - and it felt like reading it again for the first time. A definite must have for any Batman fan.
Matt
I'm a person who came into Batman from the TV shows and movies, rather than from the comic books - which makes a pretty huge difference. In the movies and shows, the conservative subtext of Batman is simmering just beneath the surface, whereas in the comic books, it's right up there at the surface for all to see. Whether it's in portraying psychologists as criminal apologists, criminality as "incurable," trade unionists as on the same level as gangsters, or in portraying the billionaire as the c...more
Asher
This storyline shows how everyone is weak. It drives home that everyone has a breaking point, whether its emotionally, physically, or mentally. We sympathize with the batman and feel his pain as we follow him in his well-written battle with evil, illustrated magnificently. A must read.
Russianwitch
Decided to read up on the original story line before the movie comes out. Not really fast reading since I'm getting sidetracked all the time. Maybe not my type of story since more often then not I read through Batman graphic novels in one go.
Also a complicated storyline.
Mook
Really, I can't give this Stars. This story is invaluable. Simply put, it is the perfect storyline. I cannot describe my undying love for it. This series got me into comics more than anything else. Period.
Ducky
A great beginning to the Knightfall story. With run ins against all the major baddies in the batman universe, with a final showdown against Bane, this run has everything that makes Batman comics great.
Michael
This is surprisingly one of the better Batman narratives. Moench and Dixon put the Bats in a state of despair, and makes this extremely compelling. This is what I want for the next Batman. Great stuff.
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Doug Moench, is an American comic book writer notable for his Batman work and as the creator of Black Mask, Moon Knight and Deathlok. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight. In 1973, Moench became the de facto lead writer for...more
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