Hayden's Reviews > Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1: Broken Bat

Batman by Doug Moench
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Feb 09, 12

bookshelves: comics-graphic-novels
Read from December 10 to 11, 2011

Knightfall shows Batman at a very peculiar stage, pushing himself to take down all of Gotham's criminals after a massive Arkham breakout, orchestrated by the criminal mastermind Bane. Tension builds as Batman crumbles more and more with each apprehension, climaxing in one of the most shocking showdowns in comic book history.

This was quite a page turner, storywise. I thought the way Bane was prtrayed, as this cool and calculating genius, but also as this unstoppable Michael Myers-esque killer was brilliant, and made him absolutely terrifying, moreso than any other Batman villain.

But at the same time, because of the inclusion of all of the ridiculous villains (although there was a very cool scene involving Batman and the serial killer Zsasz), and Robin's wacky one-liners, it felt very outdated as a whole, like one of those silver age Marvel comics from the 60's, and the art did not exactly live up to the epic scale of this story. The art wasn't terrible, but there's two volumes left in the story, and the idea of staring at the minimalist Ditko-inspired drawings for two more books is quite nauseating.

Had I perhaps not known about the shock ending beforehand (odds are, if you're a Batman fan, you've had the ending to this book spoiled multiple times), then I probably would've been more blown away. But for now, it gets a...


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