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Batman: No Man's Land (Batman: No Man's Land Novel)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,991 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
GOTHAM CITY: a dark, twisted reection of urban America. Overcrowded, overbuilt, and overshadowed by a continuous air of menace, this gothic nightmare is a breeding ground for the depraved, the indifferent, and the criminally insane. It's also the object of one man's obsession. Witness to the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne has dedicated his life to protecting thi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Novelization, 468 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pocket Star (first published 2000)
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বইটা শুরু করার আগ পরযনতও ভাবছিলাম কমিক বইয়ের নভেলাইজেশন, কতটুক ভালোই বা হবে। আর কমিক পড়ে অভযসত আমি, বযাটমযানের কাহিনী পড়ছি, একটাও ছবি নাই, কেমন হয় কে জানে। তাও শুরু করলাম, বযাটমযানের বই বলেই। কোন কমিক কেনা হয়নি এখনো, একটা বইই নাহয় থাকুক কালেকশনে।

অযানড ইট ওয়াজ আ ভেরি গুড ডিসিশন।

কাহিনী শুরু হচছে Batman: Cataclysm ইভেনটের পরে থেকে। বিশাল এক ভূমিকমপে গথাম শহরের বেশিরভাগই ধবংসপরাপত, কোন একটা কারনে বযাটমযান ও উধাও শহর থেকে। শহরের এই করুন দশা দেখে ইউএস সরকার করলো আজব এক কাজ, গথাম সিটিকে আমেরিকার বাইরে
Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
After my good experience while reading "Knightfall" (you can read the review of that one here: Knightfall, I was sure that I will enjoy to read this other storyline of Batman titled "No Man's Land". My only regret is not being able to get it on Hardcover edition, since I have "Knightfall" in that presentation, it could be great to get that one in hardcover too. However I wasn't aware of the publishing of this novelization and when I found out, the edition that I found then it was the softcover e ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable story overall, though an excess of profanity marred things a bit.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dark. Atmospheric. Chilling. And that was just the ride home on the metro last night. It was made all the more creepy by this gem of a book, 'Batman: No Man's Land'.
I love it when the potential of a character is fulfilled and it has blossomed into what you knew it could be. For too long Batman has been tainted with the shadow of Adam West's portrayal on the 60s tv show and then there were the campy movies of which only 'The Dark Night' offered any redemption. In this novel by Greg Rucka the read
Amanda Michelle
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-shelf
In the book Batman: No Man's Land by Greg Rucka, Gotham city, batman has sworn to protect, is destroyed by a earthquake and is cut of from the United States. With batman no where to be seen, the citizens of Gotham have to fight for survival and wait for their savior. This book is very good. It is written well, and the characters are interesting and fun to read about. The message of the story is to always have hope in the worst of situations.
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Judging from a glance at other reviews of this book, my reaction was similar to that of a lot of other people: I did't think I'd like this book as much as I did.

To be honest, I had many doubts regarding the novelization of a comic book. I've been reading Batman comics for over a year now (and what I lack in terms of time I surely made up in volume), and I admit I doubted that could translate into the novel format. If it hadn't been for the recommendation of a friend, I wouldn't have picked it up
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I learned from Phoenix: End Song that Greg Rucka is skilled at turning characters I dislike into human beings. (Or in that case, back into human beings). In No Man’s Land, he managed to come close with Batman, by allowing him so many moments of weakness before his friends and enemies, but unfortunately, there’s only so far you can go with Batman’s character, (or any of the main DC heroes). In all their time, these characters are largely unchanged, remaining untouchable, inhuman gods. I’ve realiz ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is the novelization of the Batman graphic novel "No Man's Land". I have not read the graphic novel, so I cannot comment on how close the novel followed the events in graphic novel.

In a nutshell, an earthquake devastates Gotham. The U.S., not wanting to face the cost of a clean-up, makes Gotham a "no man's land", essentially abandoning the city and those who refuse to leave it. Lawlessness descends upon the city and Batman (plus his allies) are left to restore civilization to Gotham.

It took
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
After an earthquake destroys Gotham, the government has declared it separate from the United States and it has become known as No Man's Land. Only a few remain behind to help restore the city to what it once was, but first they have to fight against Gotham's most notorious villains, who now have free rein over the city...and Batman is nowhere to be seen. This was given to me to read, otherwise I probably would have never read it since I'm not very fond of books adapted from other sources nor hav ...more
Daniel Sherrier
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though the "No Man's Land" storyline was originally published as a year-long comic book event crossing over all the Batman books, it actually works better as a novel written by a single author. Greg Rucka wrote some of No Man's Land's best comic book chapters, and he succeeds in making this a great novel in its own right.

This isn't some quick-and-dirty adaptation to make a few extra bucks from hardcore Bat-fans. Rucka gets us in the heads of the rather large cast, and the characterization is sp
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I didn't know what to expect reading another novelization of Batman because after reading "Knightfall", I didn't know if there was another good one out there and I have to say, this is my ultimate favourite Batman novel out there. I have tried to find other Batman novels to read and well ... no other can really compare.

Rucka did a great job setting the atmosphere and the tone. It was dark, it was twisted and I was hooked the moment I started reading. It made me feel conflicted about some charact
Craig D.B.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read this both because I'm a Batman fan and because it was one of the inspirations for The Dark Knight Rises. Despite being a 430 page novel, it felt both overlong and incomplete. Too many characters and too many story lines. Some of them don't really go anywhere. Some characters appear to be major players in the early going and then fade into the background or disappear completely. Batman himself doesn't get to do enough interesting things. Lastly, the climax felt anticlimactic. It's more des ...more
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome Batman novel. This is what I had hoped for with Knightfall. No Man's Land was dark, gritty, and violent. It managed to incorporate many of the more recognizable villains into a story that really moved fast. The characters had depth, and the plot was woven together nicely. A very, very worthwhile read for Batman fans.
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
(3.5) I had heard that Rucka's adaptation of his excellent graphic novel series was good and this one did not disappoint. Although I wished it had focused a little more on Gotham (it does in the beginning then just kind of waffles), it's still a well-written tale with great usage of Batman's rogues gallery.
Ryan Stewart
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the best Bat stories ever told and it is vastly superior in Rucka's novelized form. The graphic novels vary between three-and-four stars in my book, but the added depth and overall consistency of the novel has "trapped" me into reading it on four occasions.
Mathew Blackburn
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
The writing was just too bad to suffer through.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I loved the crossover event on which this book is based. No Man’s Land was a year-long story which occupied the Batman comics for about a year, involving Gotham City being declared no longer part of the United States of America. Lawlessness ruled the land and for 12 months, Batman and his extended family worked to bring Gotham under control from both the tinpot dictators who had taken over the streets and Batman’s rogues gallery.

It’s a fairly good novelization which I suspected, considering Ruck
Ankit Singh
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Batman: No Man's Land, Greg Rucka tells the story of Gotham a ruined city filled with limitless crime and a earthquake which obliterated the city. Now the US Government has decided to break all connections with Gotham and has abandoned it, leaving the citizens of Gotham to defend and look after itself. Now characters like Commisioner James Gordon must try to bring law and order to the streets of Gotham. But the task proves to be difficult as high profile criminals like the Joker, Two-Face/Har ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super-hero
I really wasn't sure what I was going to get when I picked this book up. Then I started reading the first few words and was hooked. Really hooked.

Rucka does what I can only call a stunning job writing about Gotham and Batman. He takes things such as the Joker and gets inside their head, and manages to capture every single point about them. He turns them into a believable character, one that comes alive on the pages despite there being no art around to assist. Out of all the characters Rucka wrot
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was going to link in some of the art but time has played on of those tricks on me this weekend where it has moved extra quickly whenever I have looked away and suddenly there is none left. Oh well, it is so long since I wrote a review that I really wanted to get one done.

This is a follow on from another batman ‘event’ which was an earthquake. I didn't read that one and did wonder if that would spoil my reading of this one. It did not.

The main story did not move that far and there were a lot of
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes, batman
Let me start by saying that this is the best Batman novel I've ever read (probably the best out there considering the limited number of Batman novels that have been written and the general quality of said novels). Honestly, I can't explain why No Man's Land is better than other Batman novels, all I know is that, for some reason, Rucka's Batman (and Bruce Wayne) worked for me. This book is heads and tails ahead of the novels within the same class, namely because of its realism, plotting, and shee ...more
Daniel Padulo
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
batman no man's land was a very suspenseful novel that included a wide variety of super villians and heroes. when the government can no longer handle Gothem city and abandons it by destroying all connections to the islands by destroying bridges and allowing no one to go in or out. All the criminals are running lose and gangs rule the streets. the police department is doing its best to maintain the city and the batman has returened and helps clean up Gothem city along with batgirl and other heroe ...more
Namtarn Chawanrat
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so not a big fan of Batman. I bought it in the first place just because i was in a mood of the batman3 movie: the dark knight rises. I was kinda regret i've bought it but that was before i've read No Man's Land! It turn out to be so thrilling, suspense, and heartached! I like suspense, twist end and heartbreaking scenes! Lols. I don't feel like im reading a novelized comics that why i like this book. Whoa, there're all heroes, villians, and other charactors involved in. I love seeing heroes ...more
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Bought this book because I love everything Greg Rucka writes (especially Queen & Country, which is AMAZING!) This novel is a serialization of a 1999 comic series when Gotham was wracked by earthquakes and written off by the US Gov't as a No Man's Land.

The most awesome thing about this Batman book is that Batman is barely in it! It is much more focused on the great cast of supporting characters (who will be familiar to Batman readers - especially Rucka/Brubaker's awesome Gotham Central series
Tommy Hancock
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings. The writing was great and all of the stories were fantastic, but it was too obviously an adaptation. There was little feeling of over arcing story, which, in comics, is hardly a problem. I probably would have liked it better if each arc was separated into its own novel, but they would've been tiny.

On the bright side, a LOT happens in this book. And if you like a dark read, it doesn't get much grimmer than the last few story arcs in this book.

I will say this. Don't read this if yo
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great book! It was interesting to read because I've only seen the movies and as usual with a book you get the character depth and development that films have a hard time bringing out. I was talking to a friend and he said that Christopher Nolan and his brother began reading the Batman comics when he started working on Batman Begins. I could really see where he drew his inspiration. Specifically with Bruce Wayne and Batman and the complex layers of their personnas. Other than that though a ...more
Caleb Parker
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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David Dougall
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hero-fiction
As always these days, this was an audiobook. Though it was more audio drama than it was audiobook. All the characters were voiced by different actors. They did a really good job of casting the parts, though Tim Drake sounded a little weird to me.

I don't know (and don't care to take the time to research) if the movie The Dark Knight Rises was informed in any way from this movie, but there were a lot of parallels. Gotham gets cut off from the outside world after a major earthquake and is declared
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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