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Batman: Knightfall, Part One: Broken Bat (1993)

by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon

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..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 was pretty reluctant to even pick it up. However, it came with a pretty firm recommendation from a trusted friend, so I gave it a shot. It took a while for me to actually see where they were going with this arc but once it picked up and I began to understand, it blew me away.

Basically, Bane throws everything at Batman. Bane frees all the inmates at Arkham Asylum and exhausts Batman as he attempts to incarcerate them all. Already beaten up and apparently pretty sick, it doesn't take long for Batman to run out of gas and when that occurs, Bane will pounce.

I've never even been exposed to this side of Batman - he tries so desperately to maintain an image of endless determination against a task so enormous. Sure, you must imagine that at times his job can be pretty damn hard but its rare that he shows it. There are even scenes where he's drawn with this look of fear, knowing that it may be his end.

Despite the fact that I spent the better part of this review gushing over the story, I need to give it a 3 out of 5. Why? I'm not crazy about the artwork. Jim Lee is my favorite Batman artist of all time and it's kind of unfair that I compare everything to him - he's a pretty high measuring stick - but a lot of it looked kind of ugly. There is some great stuff to be found in here but it's few and far between.

This is only Part One, so I need to get my hands on 2 and 3. ( )
  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
spoiled only by the fact that i already knew how it ends...other than that, a brilliant and fun read. ( )
  riida | Aug 24, 2013 |
This is the beginning and probably best installment of a pretty iconic Batman story. Bane, a super-intelligent, Venom-enhanced (a super-steriod) villain plans to take over Gotham, by not just killing Batman, but breaking him. Bane's plan involves running Batman to the edge of his abilities by breaking all of the inmates at Arkham Asylum out. Once he is at his lowest point, Bane makes his presence known by fulfilling his plan...Breaking the Bat. ( )
  MarcusH | Jun 16, 2012 |
Enjoyable. While the art work is average, I think the overall story won't disappoint Batman fans. Bane himself is a compelling character, and I appreciate the fact that while he looks like a muscle-bound freak, he's one of the most intelligent Batman villains. ( )
  kaboomcju | Apr 21, 2010 |
Part One of DC's groundbreaking Batman storyline, in which the monstrous Bane has migrated to Gotham City, with the intention of creating crises for the city and the Batman, wearing him down to the point where his downfall is a certainty. To this end, he liberates the inhabitants of Arkham, forcing a tired and ailing Batman to work nonstop to recapture them. The final gauntlet is Bane's own henchmen, and finally Bane confronts - and breaks Batman (literally) in his own home. A well-plotted story that leads to lasting repercussions. Decent art, but I could have wished for better for a story of this magnitude. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 11, 2007 |
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This riveting book sets Batman on a path that will change his life forever. A mass escape from Arkham Asylum and the emergence of Batman's most threatening foe, Bane, sends Gotham City spinning into chaos and takes Batman to the limits of human endurance!… (more)

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