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Batman: Knightfall


4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,000 ratings  ·  153 reviews
A savage fight with the supervillain Bane has left Batman virtually crippled and Gotham City defenseless. As Bruce Wayne begins the long process of recovery, he realizes he must choose a successor in his role as the Dark Knight. But is his apprentice ready? Is Gotham City ready? And what will happen when Wayne returns to reclaim Gotham City and his role as the true Batman?
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Spectra Books (first published 1994)
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Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
<b> <u>Holy great prose novelization, Batman!</u></b><br /><br /><br /><b> <u>BAT-PROSE NOVEL</u></b><br /><br />I was real lucky to get this book when it was getting out to the market (back then in 1994) and so, getting the hardcover edition that I totally love it. <br /><br />When the storyline of <i>Knightfall</i> was in comics, I wasn't able to buy them but I was quite eager to read the story. <br /><br />Even on TPBs would require to buy several volumes, so when I met this gorgeous hardcover edition where in just one book you get the full <i>Knightfall</i> story (of course in prose presentation ...more
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this and the <a href="" rel="nofollow">"The Life &amp; Death of Superman"</a> novelisation around the same time. And I remember really enjoying both despite their original versions being graphic novels. This is a cheaper way to experience both storylines - despite the lack of art both were top-notch reads in my book.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is not a brilliant book. But it is entertaining--enough that I set aside the three other books I'm currently juggling to finish this one--and it's in line with my current Batman obsession (for which I blame Batman: Arkham Asylum). Compared to the other Batman novel I attempted to read (The Batman Murders), it's a downright masterpiece. <br /><br />The action is good--but I have the same complaint I've noted in other reviews: it's very clear the author is accustomed to writing comib book scripts, and not ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of pretty much all comic-book superheroes, but Batman has a trait that no other DC or Marvel hero (that I know of, anyway) has: he doesn't have any actual superpowers. Instead of being a member of a powerful otherworldly race like Superman, or becoming endowed with superhuman abilities by accident as Spider-Man did, Bruce Wayne relies on nothing more than technology, intelligence, natural strength, and friends such as Robin and Alfred to fight crime. Many people think of Batman stories ...more
Jonathan Maas
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I never thought any book could beat <a href="" title="Greg Rucka" rel="nofollow">Greg Rucka</a>'s novelization of <a href="" title="Batman No Man's Land by Greg Rucka" rel="nofollow">Batman: No Man's Land</a>, and though this might not, they're tied for first.<br /><br />While <a href="" title="Batman No Man's Land by Greg Rucka" rel="nofollow">Batman: No Man's Land</a> took on a great premise, and pushed plot, plot, plot - <a href="" title="Batman Knightfall by Dennis O'Neil" rel="nofollow">Batman: Knightfall</a> is a bit more interested in introducing the new characters from this series. You think you know Bane? Well if you've just seen the Tom Hardy version, you don't know him until you've read the chapter of his life in this book.<br /><br />Just a great book, and a great way to ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic book fans, art fans, cartoon fans
do you remember the gorilla-like bane from the really really really really bad batman and robin movie (he was poison ivy's steroid pumped bodyguard) or the wrestler gone nuts character from the animated series? forget them.<br />this bane is cunning, strategic and utterly brilliant. quietly taking over gotham's underground he lures batman in and destroys him, in body, mind and reputation. <br />will there be a happy ending?
Avery (ThePagemaster)
My favorite superhero as a kid has always been Batman. The Dark Knight reawakened my child-like admiration for the character. How much of a fan am I? Enough to read a novelization of a well-known, iconic even, story line that I've only read some pages of.<br /><br />From what I got from this adaptation is that there are three separate stories going on:<br />1.) What Knightfall is most known for is the established introduction of the Batman villain, Bane, the son of a mercenary who abandoned him and his mother at ...more
Aly Gaafar
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate graphic novel. It is essentially the best graphic novel period. What I liked is that Batman is stripped of all his abilities. It is proven that there can only be one Batman. When Paul Valley takes over He start to develop his own updated more violent version of batman. He chases criminals using force and attempting to murder them. Which destroys what Batman stands for. On the other hand the Idea of bane breaking all the inmates at Gothom out is enough to lead Batman on a wild ride;dealing ...more
Sean Carlin
Note: I read this novelization in conjunction with the newly released <a href="" title="Batman Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1 by Chuck Dixon" rel="nofollow">Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1</a>, the review of which you can read <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a>.<br /><br />I hadn't revisited this novel -- or the comics storyline upon which it is based -- since they were first released in the mid-nineties, so as I was approaching the end of <a href="" title="Batman Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1 by Chuck Dixon" rel="nofollow">Batman: Knightfall Omnibus Vol. 1</a>, rather than wait for the next two volumes to refresh myself on how the story developed (and ultimately resolved), I pulled <a href="" title="Dennis O'Neil" rel="nofollow">Dennis O'Neil</a>'s novelization ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhero
<i>Batman Knightfall</i> is not a graphic novel. It is a novel (<i>sans</i> graphics) based on three story arcs which ran in monthly comic books from 1993-94. One shouldnt make any assumptions based on the source material, however. Even though Dennis ONeil wrote the book, <i>The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics</i>, and many of the great comic arcs themselves (as well as putting in a great tenure as editor of the entire line), he notes in the afterword that comics and novels are two distinctly different (pardon the ...more
Alexander Draganov
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Knightfall is an adaptation of a series of comic books of the same name. As a novel, it is structured in three parts - Knightfall, Kinghtquest and Knightsend. The first part of the novel, Knightfall is one of the most epic pieces of literature I have ever read. It chronicles the first battle between Batman and Bane, which forces the Dark Knight into temporary retirement and elevates Bane as one of his greatest enemies. The story of Bane is extremely powerful and the way in which he manages to outsmart ...more
Victor Orozco
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good. Without a doubt a good rundown of the Knightfall/Knightsend series. Having only read the comic book collection to Knightsend I was unbelievably enlightened by the first half of the book. However felt somewhat disappointed in the last half. So many characters were eliminated that could have made it much more exciting. B-
Jan 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
The narrative was just utterly lacking. It read like the novelization of a movie, when writers try to capture every action or scene rather than paying attention to characterization or the meat of the story. Everything was 2-D and not interesting at all.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thomas Schreck
A friend loaned this to me last year before Dark Knight Rises came out. I wasn't really familiar with Bane, so he told me to check this out.<br /><br />It was good, but not great. The Bane stuff was good, but I didn't care much for the other subplots.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The usual batman story. Angst, anger, action. I am getting a little bit sick of Batman hoon on about his parents death - so many years later. Seriously dude - get some therapy!
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this book started. About three quarters of the way through it seemed O'Neil ran out of steam...that is to say the writing is not as great. A moral imperative read for any Batman fan.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book, felt that the author kinda hurried to finish the novel. I highly suggest getting it!
Picked this up on a whim, after not having read it since it was first published. It is a novelization of a storyline that ran over two years in various Batman comics. It moves at a good pace; it has good characterization; it does a decent job of novelizing [is that a word?] a series of comic books into a 'story book' format. It held my interest throughout the entire book.<br /><br />I remember the first time I read this novelization, I was angry that it was not 'exactly like' the storyline in the comics. It ...more
Kim Raccoon
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am really, REALLY struggling with this rating and it's times like these when I wish Goodreads had half star ratings. This book isn't a meager three, but it's also not a solid four and giving it either rating seems disingenuous. But, there it is: I erred on the side of a four star rating.<br /><br />The Good<br />The fact that it is written by someone who writes comics is great. The essence of early 1990's Batman is there. This is one of Batman's most iconic stories. The graphic novels that this story is based on ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great format and action! I wanted to read this (listen to this) because of the Dark Knight Rises movie. My next goal is to read the comic source material.<br />Highlights - Azrael is wicked awesome, dark, brooding, violent, interesting. Robin comes into his own in this run. The different villains are great. The 'end' credits are humorous.<br />Lowlights - Bane was portrayed poorly (vocally), he is a much smarter character than depicted audibly here. The voice of the Joker could have been better (a la Batman: ...more
Vin Bar
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I typically read nonfiction books this was one of my favorite fictions ever written. <br /><br />This is the story about Batman that Ive come to know and love. <br /><br />Dennis ONeill goes into great detail about many things that seem to get skimmed over in the movies and the comics. The in-depth explanation of Batmans regimen is second to none. At no point does he make Batman seem invincible or superhuman which allows you to connect better with the characters. <br /><br />I highly recommend this for any Batman Fan or Superhero ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gone, fiction, present-day
This book is a novelization of several related comic books from different series. It does a good job encapsulating Batmanish behaviors and having him do Batman-like things, even while Batman himself questions his own motives.<br /><br />It's organized into three main sections, which feel almost like reading a small trilogy, while still having a normal length novel. It has decent pacing, but the ups weren't really catching me.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Read it if you want to have a better understanding of the batman universe
Shelves: dc-comics
This is one of those fundamental stories if one wants to know more about the dark knight.<br />I read an italian edition which had a review as a preface by someone so enthusiast about this saga, i was so thrilled!<br />Overall though, I really didn't like it, it's a very disappointing saga and it took me one year and some months to finish it!<br />
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elements of noir and adventure fiction. The book really drags in the middle with a couple subplots that just aren't as thrilling as the main narrative, but the good parts are really great. The book is thought-provoking in many ways with themes of justice and reform. Definitely worth a read if you're even a casual Batman fan.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman
A broken Bat, has been mended, but has he really healed? The false Bat has been put down and kicked out of the cave, never to return. Will the true Bat return? Will the Bat and Robin fight again side by side?
Chris Via
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one back in sixth grade; couldn't put it down; intense.
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 not as great as comics but Batman from a different lens. Batman character was deeper than comics, but all other characters were left out to dry.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good and had a good plotline with a very good description of characters.
Tony Tower
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The comics were pretty good, but the prose novelization by Denny O'Neil was a homerun. Did a great job of streamlining the narrative and getting inside Bruce's head. Highly recommended.
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Dennis O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor best known for his work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his retirement.<br /><br />His best-known works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Michael Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan. As an editor, he is principally known for editing ...more

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