Batman Knightfall : Volume 01 Paperback
#1 New York Times Bestseller The villainous Bane breaks the Bat in one of the most popular and well-known Batman tales! The inmates of Arkham Asylum have broken free and Batman must push himself to the limits to re-apprehend the Joker, Poison Ivy, the Riddler, Killer Croc and more. Pushed to the limits, he comes face-to-face against the monstrosity known as Bane, who delivers a crippling blow destined to change the Caped Crusader forever! This volume collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1, Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666, Showcase '93 #7-8 and Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16-18.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 640 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 25/04/2012
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9781401233792
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Review by DanieXJ
Okay. That was really, really long. On the theoretical side I like the idea of a super TPB collection. They basically took two of the Knightfall collections from when they were first put out in TPB form and put them together. Still. It's the Knightfall Saga, which is probably in my opinion, the second most draining (emotionally when read) saga to read (No Man's Land being the most draining by a long shot). And so, 600 pages of pretty much non-stop emotional intensity is well-- very intense. Still, it's a greatly done story even if it's a mostly dark and depressing one as well.For those who haven't read it. The main character is Bane, a ginormous and seriously mentally deranged 'new' bad guy at the time who wants to make Gotham City his kingdom. He has three flunkies who aren't your typical stupid thugs and with them he aims not just to destroy Batman physically but mentally as well. And to get that started he unleashes --all-- the inmates of Arkham Asylum.That was one thing that I liked about the saga, all the totally awesome villain team ups. Joker and Scarecrow, the Ventriloquist, and Amygdala (and Socko, heh). And others. They weren't totally out there, but weren't the run of the mill team ups either.It has some characters that are now (after 2012) well established in the DC world too, like Renee Montoya as an officer (not Detective quite yet). It also had a bit of a 'visit' by Oracle, and Catwoman appeared at the end too.I do have to say that although I mostly liked the art, there was the problem that Bane (sans Venom) changed size a whole lot (bigger, then smaller) throughout the TPB. It was weird.Still. It was a great TPB, and a story that changed Batman forever (well, at least changed him until the next reboot/retcon happened).