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Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat

(Batman: Knightfall #1, 1993 Edition)

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The Dark Knight's greatest enemies have all simultaneously escaped from Arkham Asylum and are preying on Gotham City. With his city under siege, Batman pushes his body to the limit as he takes on The Joker, the Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, The Riddler and the Scarecrow. But things get much worse when Bane, the man behind all the madness, confronts an exhausted Batm ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 3rd 1993 by DC Comics (first published September 1st 1993)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was one of the inspirations of Christopher Nolan for the last Batman film with Christian Bale in the lead. It is where Bane is introduced. The main story is fantastic - it is absolutely captivating when...oh never mind, no spoilers - you'll have to read it yourself. Let's just say that the intervention of Azrael towards the end which is also the impetus for Knightfall Vol 2 did not really please me as much as the rest of the book. ...more
Patrick
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this more interesting than really enjoyable. The comics in this compilation are over 20 years old, and the old version of the storytelling really isn't my style.

Also, I just have to say: most emo Batman ever. He starts this hefty collection hurt, and spends the entire thing being... well... not very Batman at all. Making bad choices. Being bitchy. Constantly hurt and sucking at his job....

Kinda took some of the fun out of it for me.

On the plus side, as someone who isn't a huge Batman
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Brandon
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comix, 2012
..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, I wa
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Ethan
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I found out that the Batman: Knightfall story arc was one of the main sources of inspiration for Christopher Nolan's film The Dark Knight Rises, I had to check it out. And honestly, I'm glad I did, because I think it may be the best Batman story I've come across so far. This first volume collects twelve individual comic books in the story arc, written between April and late July 1993. In the stories collected in this volume, the venom-injected, muscular supervillain Bane launches a massive ...more
Sam Quixote
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, then know that what you see here is one of the many comics that inspired some of the great scenes that Christopher Nolan translated onto the big screen. As much as this volume is known as an absolute classic in Batman’s universe, it however struggles to survive the test of time. Published in the 90s, written by both Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench, illustrated by Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle and Graham
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John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Extreme shock value, but it's just trying to copy "The Death of Superman". ...more
Jeice
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is one of THE classic Batman stories, if only because it is a story people like to re-tell in various forms of media. I've seen versions of Bane go up against versions of Batman in cartoons, books, videogames, movies, etc. With the menacing, hulking form of Bane and a story about a Batman who might not have an easy, assured victory, how could people resist? As far as classic "must-read" Batman stories go, however, this would rank pretty low on my list. The art is good, except for the hyper- ...more
Laura Wattie
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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 (
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Charles
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
It might be blasphemy to say this, but I found this volume to be just “okay”.

Yes, I know it’s regarded as a monumental event for Batman, but maybe it hasn’t aged well over the years or it’s truly a product of its time. Although at the time it was in the shadow of the Death of Superman arc, this one feels like it was trying to follow a similar model; Hero runs a gauntlet of brutal and unending violence to face a big baddy and ultimately fail.

Unfortunately for modern eyes, this story doesn’t fee
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Krzysztof
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Jill
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Michelle Cristiani
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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C. Varn
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good, but not as good as I remember from the 1990s. Chuck Dixon really was trying to return Batman to form, but this run still can't decide if it is hardboiled or campy. Coming off some of the 1970s and 1980s, more adult Batman stories by Alan Moore and Frank Miller, the Dark Knight did seem a bit lost. This introduces Bane and also gives us the more gritty Azazel-turned-Batman, but much of the rogues gallery seems cheesy and under-developed. Dixon's Bane, however, is a great addition to the sto ...more
Jen
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Eric
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Miki
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, all-fiction
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. ...more
Jason
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman Fans
Recommended to Jason by: Nobody
Part of my Batman comic book reread project. Continued from Knightfall: Prelude.

CAUTION: Spoilers abound in this, and I'm not hiding them this time.

Solid five stars. Is this my favorite Batman story? I don't know, but it's a distinct possibility. I've read it several times, and enjoyed it just as much this time as I did when I first read it in high school. But I have another six years worth of issues to read, and I don't remember a lot of the later ones, so I guess the jury will have to be out o
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Seth
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Brini
Not accepting any help made Batman really annoying and the end of part 1 of this story predictable, therefore less enjoyable. Right from the start, Robin was way smarter and would have been a better Batman.
Koen
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Amazing story on how Bane tries to destroy Batman's will and confidence with the help of all those crazy Arkham villains.. And then.. the apotheosis of this volume!!
Can't wait to read the next chapter of this story..
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Lavell
The idea of how to beat the Batman is quite good. The quality of Bane as a villain is great.Now on to the next chapter. Enjoyable.
Rider
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was long but interesting.
Finnley
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Brilliant. The art pops out at you. The story is thrilling. The ending is great .
I will not go into spoilers but the battles are bloody and grousome but the mind games throughout are generally quite terrific as you see this man who is the protector get beaten and beaten despite obvious victory’s. I generally advice anybody to read it. Sure it’s quite long but when you get gripped into it you will not put it down.
Gil Hernandez
Jun 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I like Batman and the comics but this is a novel wich said in the beginning of the book. I was so bored in the book but it did show the Batman in a Good way and how he needs a replacement or he will let Gotham down. The author try to do something different, and he failed me because like I said I couldn't keep up in the book. ...more
Beth
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This graphic novel was very old school and fairly suspenseful. Batman is my favourite Superhero from DC and so as a character I wanted to read more about him. This was not the most brilliant collection of comics but it was readable and I enjoyed the story.
Adam Pereira
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Douglas Gibson
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am pretty sure I read most of these when they were originally published, but what fun to read again. This is one oft the greatest Batman stories ever told! To weaken the Bat, Bane blows a hole in Arkham Asylum freeing the some of the world's most dangerous and insane criminals. This is bad news for Batman who is already badly poor health, but good news for fans who wanted to see an A-List Super Villains- including The Ventriloquist, The Mad Hatter, Firefly, Poison Ivy, Riddler, Scarecrow, the ...more
R. Jones
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jeremiah Demster
Here's the thing about Knightfall, because of his huge stature both physically and mentally, and the way he subverts expectations as a villain, most people see the entirety of the story arch as being about Batman vs Bain. But it's not. Knightfall part 1 is a good story in it's own right, sure, and as shocking in comic history as the death of Superman was, but the story here is only the set up for the actual story being told. This whole arch is about Bruce Wayne vs Batman. How bad does he still w ...more
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