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Batman: Knightfall, Part 2: Who Rules the Night (Batman: Knightfall #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,004 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Mentally defeated and physically broken, Bruce Wayne turns to Azrael to assume the identity of Batman. Accepting his new mission, Jean Paul begins to lose his grip on sanity as he metes out justice with devastating levels of aggression and violence.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published 1993 by Titan Books
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Aug 06, 2012 Brandon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandon by: Ryan
I spent the majority of my review for Knightfall: Volume 1 gushing over how much I enjoyed the story and how pumped up it made me for The Dark Knight Rises. Having just finished Volume 2 and seen The Dark Knight Rises twice, I can easily say that I enjoyed this collection on a much higher level.

I'm not sure if it's strictly because now when I read Bane, I can only hear his dialogue in Tom Hardy's voice or that the story takes a turn in a darker, more compelling direction.

That being said, I'm sti
Sam Quixote
This second book in the trilogy takes a long time to say some very basic things: Bruce Wayne is in a wheelchair recovering, Jean Paul Valley is the new Batman and is dispensing a rougher sort of justice than the usual Batman, and that's it. Robin is still wringing his hands like a worried housewife, while Bane having "taken Gotham" does nothing more than sit in his... flat is it? Talking about how he's controlling all the crime in Gotham and all the money he's going to make.

Having read the origi
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John Yelverton
I realize that they were trying to ride the coattails of Superman's death, but this whole series just seemed weak.
After the fairly drudgy part 1, part 2 delivers a much more interesting read. Bane is almost a side character really, despite his prominence in the plot - he remains fairly shadowy, working at a distance. This allows the story to delve into more interesting topics, such as:

- how Bruce Wayne copes with failure
- the dynamic of power in a void, between Robin and Batman's replacement
- the prize that is "Gotham" - what does it really mean to control a city?

I first read this when I was teenager and pi
I honestly don't know if the movie will be as good as this in some regards.
Jul 26, 2012 Zach rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spawn fans, people who like reading too much into generic action comics
Shelves: comics, batman
Like the first volume, I read this one in single-issue format, and I skipped the Two-Face and Scarecrow arcs because they both seemed very tangential. My criticisms of the first volume also still largely apply: Aparo's art is still oh-so-'90s, and Moench's prose is still cringe-inducingly purple, never more than when he tries his hardest to make it elevated (that narration/internal monologue/whatever at the end...ugh). But there's actually a pretty neat device in the last issue (the original Bat ...more
This was a decent story but Azrael/John Paul Valley/New Batman is kind of annoying. I can't wait for volume 3 when Bruce takes the mantel back from that nut job.

There were some good bits of writing though. Here's a self-monologue by Valley that I liked:

-"A dark angel on spread wings, he falls closer to the core, the only one willing to descend deeper. All pain and stiffness washed away by the sea, lost in a part of his mind he no longer knows, as he searches. For a sign.
"The ocean recedes now,
Mike Carpenter
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Who Rules the Night is a mixed bag, because it's been created by putting together different pieces which feel a bit disjointed. It shows Jean Paul Valley as Batman, as he slowly but surely spirals towards violence and determination to destroy Bane, but the character arc here looks very hastened - especially the last few chapters. Bruce Wayne doesn't get much to do here, Robin mostly comments on Valley's behaviour... Graphically it's different styles and quality, but what I really dig is the Batm ...more
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This volume of the "Knightfall" saga will likely leave you disappointed, especially when compared to Volume 1. While the story overall is gimmicky and simplistic in nature, the first volume at least left you satisfied in that you got a (mostly) complete story with a lot of sequences that really push how awesome Batman is.

Volume 2 is almost the complete opposite. It does next to nothing to show Batman's greatness and fails to include a critical part of the "Knightquest" story arc, which is Bruce
Magic Mike
This continues the story set up by Bane breaking Batman's back. Now someone else has to take over the cowl and who does Batman select, but a random new character! That makes sense! Oh wait, no it doesn't really. Just like how they created a new character to beat Batman instead of adding a new sense of menace to an old one they had to bring in a new character to become Batman instead of Robin. Enter: Azrael who I'll admit does bring some drama to the situation as he tends to abuse his power.

The c
Just like its prequel, Who Rules The Night is a bit of a mixed bag, but I quite enjoyed this part more than the first. I'm well aware that this isn't a very popular opinion, and that most people didn't appreciate the lack of Bruce Wayne, but this explored a very interesting premise: somebody else other than Bruce Wayne taking up the Bat mantle.

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This book is so tragically dated. Exposition as dialog, flat characters (Batman hurt! Azrael angry! Robin worried! Bane bad!), and too many issues devoted to not that much plot development. It's only interesting as historical artifact. Remember when garters in superhero costumes were cool? Oh, the '90s.
This volume of Knightfall doesn't advance the story very much. There is a lot of filler in the book. I could go a roundabout way to say that, but then I'd just have a lot of filler in this review. ;)
I hoped Robin would step up and take care of things. He certainly was the smartest guy in the first part but it seems that he just wants to be a sidekick. Even after he sees that the "new Batman" isn't a solution but adds even bigger trouble, Robin doesn't trust his instincts to stop this madness. The line between superheroes and villains is blurred and you actually end up to cheer for the bad guys to end new Batman. He was so annoying. I didn't like this comic book at all. Just a bunch of crazy ...more
J.M. Hushour
Bruce Wayne's spine snapped in half over Bane's knee! Gotham City descending into high! Chaos! Then Brucie comes out of his coma in the Batcave long enough to tell Jean-Paul Valley (Azrael) to take on the mantle of the bat. This would be just dandy if Jean-Paul wasn't a bloodthirsty, former brainwash victim of an ancient order of assassins, but, hey, who's gonna argue with Bruce Wayne? The new Batman beats the living shit out of lots of baddies (there's a neat Scarecrow story arc here), telling ...more
The second installment of the Knightfall storyline is chalked full of action but there are some glaring issues with the trade. I still, even after reading it, can’t figure out why Jean Paul Valley is given the reigns by Bruce Wayne. It made little sense before I read the story and less now. His turn in the cowl is interesting but oddly placed. Robin and Nightwing’s involvement are puzzling. Bane and the Scarecrow really shine here though. Both are scary in their own ways. The art is classic for ...more
Deshawn Vasquez
Doesn't have the same intensity that the first act does, but Jean-Paul's gradually fading sanity makes it plenty interesting.
This is pretty similar to the first part of this series, only it focuses more on Bruce Wayne's replacement in the cowl - this Azrael guy. I don't know anything about this character, where he came from, or this secret order he was in, so I'll have to research him. Anyway, it was interesting to see how he kinda goes nuts with the Dark Knight's responsibility. And poor Robin is helpless to do much. I'm also reading Hush now, and oddly enough, some of the storyline is parallel. The artwork is averag ...more
Nathan Barnes
Volume 1 was a hell of a tough act to follow.... although volume 2 wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, it still falls far short of its predecessor.
The second book of the Knightfall series, is engaging, as it brings out Azrael who is taking the place of Batman while the real Batman recuperates.
The book is a little less thrilling compared to its predecessor. Azrael seems to easily lose control and forgets who he really is.

He starts making rules for himself some of them utterly contradictory to rules of Batman. Together Robin and Azrael do indeed defeat the Arkham Asylum loonies, but the challenge is now from within.

The book eventually makes
It's great that this turned out to be more like Part One instead of Part Three. I pretty much enjoyed the introduction of other characters and the chance to see Bruce Wayne as the Batman in action through a flashback involving Two-Face. I like how the writer left noticeable clues of Jean Paul being a different Batman (Gordon's surprise when 'Batman' actually finished their conversation was best) than Bruce Wayne. I'm disappointed that wheelchaired Bruce and Alfred's rescue of Dr Kinsolving and J ...more
Jack Gattanella
Bane is a bad-ass here. I mean... damn.
Mohammad Aboomar
A letdown on so many levels...
Well, after finishing Knightfall volume one, I had to keep going, didn’t I? Jean Paul Valley (aka Azrael or Azbats) takes over the mantle of the Bat, and pretty much goes even more batshit nutters, becoming more aggressive and brutal than Bruce, crossing the line where Bruce would not, driving Robin away, and even coming up with a new and improved Bat costume. All heavy metal and artillery, yo! The final showdown with Bane is intense, but loses energy by the end when I just wanted it to end, dam ...more
Federiken Masters
Leído en castellano en ediciones de Zinco, Vid y Planeta, en distintas décadas de mi vida. Aunque el promedio de dibujantes de Batman de esta época no es muy de mi agrado actual, los guiones me parecieron sorprendentemente buenos, con todo el tema de la caída y redención muy bien laburados. Supongo que cuando lea los quichicientos comics de Batman que tengo pendientes, esta etapa se terminará ganando una merecida relectura.
I don't like Jean Paul Valley. Yeah.
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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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