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Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 3

(Batman: No Man's Land Complete 3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  30 reviews
After suffering a cataclysmic earthquake, the U.S. government has deemed Gotham City uninhabitable and ordered all citizens to leave. It is now months later and those that have refused to vacate "No Man's Land" live amidst a citywide turf war in which the strongest prey on the weak.Batman and his allies continue their fight to save Gotham during its darkest hour. Taking on ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2012)
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Wing Kee
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The simple fact that Harley is in this book is enough to read it.

World: The art is good for the era, as I said before it's consistent. The colors are so 2000s. The world building is good, it's a bit looser than the previous arcs as status quo is the order of the day with everyone dug in. This book focuses more on the small human stories and so the world is a backdrop.

Story: Solid and further builds the world through small intimate stories. I like the smaller stories as they give more context.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
The ability to sustain such an unwieldy storyline over the distance is straining here in the third volume. The whole thing feels like it's coming apart.

The stories are more fragmented, the characters are doing sillier and sillier things (really, Gordon? I mean: really???). A somewhat lengthy digression with Poison Ivy (Fruit of the Earth) was just blah, and another one-shot with Mr. Freeze was painfully nonsensical.

On the more positive side, Batman has finally gotten over his do-it-alone thing
I mostly liked this arc, No Man's Land, wherein Gotham City is abandoned and left out to fade by the United States government. But it did drag a whole lot more than it should have. Five days after I've finished this book (when I'm writing the review), it's running together in my mind. I can't remember which individual comics make appearances in this book - Is Harley Quinn's dating stuff in this book? (which was good) And Robin's weird continuity? (which was decidedly not). But what I do remember ...more
Matt Smith
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, read-in-2015
Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooookay. I'll keep this short because it's late, I'm tired, and this book isn't worth a long review.

Things I liked: This made me realize how much my love of the Bat Family is informed by everything from basically No Man's Land through War Games (or Infinite Crisis if I'm feeling generous). There's good, pure Batman comics in here, and when it's dealing with the (admittedly completely insane) premise of No Man's Land it was solid Batman comics.

Things I did not
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Greg Rucka continues to do a nice job and when you get to one of his stories in this volume it stands out over those of most of the other writers. He takes the, as I've said before, somewhat ludicrous premise of the storyline and makes it work. The best thing a writer can do with the material they have isn't necessarily make sense of it in a greater framework of the world you and I, the readers, inhabit, but to make it alive for the world of the characters. Rucka is good at that while some of th ...more
Edward Petersen
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
No Man's Land is great - you just have to slog your way through volume 3. This one felt like filler. Maybe this era was an attempt at some character-driven "human" stories, but it just fell flat. Even the Joker stuff was boring. It's a sign when the Azrael issue is one of the better stories.
This has been my favorite volume of No Man's Land yet.. the concept is so good and it really came together in this volume. Lots of Batman villains make their appearance in it, plus Superman stops in for a visit. The Joker & Harley stories were great. All in all, great volume!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
A mostly forgettable volume of lesser characters (view spoiler), the best issues are the last two, Robin #71 and #72...(view spoiler) There also is another notable story about limited resources in the city that is worthy of keeping, the second issue in the book, Batman #569 ("I ...more
Jordan Anderson
The stories in vol. 3 aren’t necessarily as tight or as focused as some in the previous 2 collections, and Batman is actually absent for more than 25% of them, but as far as I’m concerned, this 3rd volume of No Man’s Land is the best.

The artwork is fantastic and the stories, usually spread out over only 2 issues, are some of the most compelling and action oriented in the entirety of the Batman universe. Both Barnes’s “Underground Tubman” arc and the return of Bane are a ton of fun to read. Plus,
Ronnie Jones
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A tired storyline at this point but with some very good high points such as Harley and Batgirl Read full review here
Sam Quixote
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
The series continues with an interesting and promising start: Superman appears! What I thought would end this whole bizarre setup actually doesn't in a strange way. You'd think Superman would help with the infrastructure, gathering the gang leaders in one fell swoop, and putting everything right, but that would be too easy so the writer Kelley Puckett makes the human case instead, emphasising humanity's own backwardness in the face of the clear path forward. It's clever, kind of, but I still fee ...more
Maria Kramer
What I liked in this volume:

The Code - In which Harley Quinn uses a book of romance advice to try to get the Joker to propose to her. Kind of screwed up, but very fun.

Hints of larger conspiracy at work - someone is profiteering from Gotham's fall. (view spoiler)

Some good art in the Azrael storyline. I'm starting to like this character and his
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, superheroes
This volume was definitely better than the second. The story felt like it was back on track (without randomly veering off course for no real purpose) and it managed to keep all its main players in the game. Realistically. While keeping them in character. The cameos by smaller characters were all in just the right places and served as nice reminders that there are other issues in this world. Just because Gotham's cut off doesn't mean the rest of the world ceased to exist. This volume did everythi ...more
Charles Siboto
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: batman, comics, dc, no, man-s, land
I hadn't bought a comic book for a while prior to this. After seeing The Dark Knight Rises twice I decided to give No Man's Land a bash with the ol' reading stick, albeit Volume 3 to begin with, because, you know, who begins at the beginning of a thing? It's Batman so I'm never lost in Gotham City, even post-big-earthquake Gotham. It's a good read as far as Batman stuff goes, nothing terribly exciting but I had a good time with the collection of different stories that take place in a ruined Goth ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is what I would call the low point of the No Mans Land story arch, because it's like all of the tension and need for survival that was established in Vol. 1 kind of goes away. I guess that makes sense because this was a year long story arch and eventually you run out of survival stories to tell or something, but this instalment feels mainly like filler, and while still a good read not really one that I'm dying to re-visit unlike Vol. 1 which was in my opinion the high point of the story arc ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I think this series perhaps is best enjoyed by people who are already fans of the Batman stories & know all the characters & backgrounds. People are still fighting for food & water, Bane shows up, some other guys, blah blah blah. I think my favorite stories are the one-off the one where Harley Quinn finds a dating advice book & follows the suggestions in the hope that the Joker will finally propose to her. (Others where Joker physically abuses her are less well receiv ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
After so many issues involving No Man's Land it feels as if the storyline just got out of control and is getting bloated and wandering all over the place. It's still got some really interesting issues cropping up here and there in this volume, but I overall it does feel like it was being stretched out too long.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-own
This series is till enthralling and interesting, but the wide range of different artists and writers can be a little disorienting. It also means that some of the stories are awful, while others are great. In all, this is still a great series, but I can see myself getting sick of it soon enough.
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
All fillers, no meat! Some decent issues by Chuck Dixon and a SotB issue featuring Big Blue, but this collection mostly contains filler stories that are not necessary to know what's going on in the No Man's Land. These fillers are also sluggish, and does not have a memorable artwork.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting anthology of loosely related tales taking place during the Earthquake storyline from a decade ago.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book today and finished it today. I found the story to be very interesting and nicely paced. The story arcs and art is superb. It is definitely a page turner.
Ivan Leong
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even with the the usual Batman allies Gotham is still under mayhem. Batman recruits the all new Batgirl in this issue.
Derek Royal
As with the other volumes in this Batman event, this one is a mixed bag. Some good stuff, but a number of disappointments or frustrations.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as good as Cataclysm , NML 1 & 2. But I would definitely re-read it.
Quinton Baran
I enjoyed the continuing story of no man's land; again the stories are of varying strengths. I enjoyed the Joker and Bane entries especially.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, hoopla
A little better than volume 2, but still some misses, like Joker.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No Man's Land is my favourite Batman Story. Be sure to read Cataclysm and Road to Man's Land before starting this.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Stormy Weather" is excellent. The Bane arc is interesting. A few of the issues are one-star material.
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