Batman: Knightfall Part One: Broken Bat (Batman Knightfall) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1993/9/3
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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! These volume is required reading for every Batman fan. Graphic novel format.
The Highlights: Bane breaks all of the prisoners out of Arkham Asylum in order to wear down an already sick Batman. It leads to the legendary moment of Bane breaking Batman's back. It features lots of villains, and Batman's determination to save Gotham City at all costs.
Things to Consider: It's a great story, but compared to the newer Batman stories, it does seem a little cheesy at times. The art is done in the classic 90's style, which I enjoy, but may not be for everyone.
This story does end on a downer: the defeat of Batman. That did leave me wanting to read the next book, though! This may not be essential Batman reading, but it's a classic and worth the read.
The plot moves forward in somewhat predictable fashion as Batman takes down each of the escapees in turn. He is mentally disintegrating with each encounter and losing his will to fight. Bane and his henchmen are watching his relentlessly, waiting for the right moment to strike and take him down. The story culminates in a final encounter with between Batman and Bane with the Batman almost at breaking point mentally and physically. He does not offer much resistance and Bane literally and figuratively breaks him. The book ends with the final panel depicting Bane breaking the Batman's spine. The slow mental disintegration of Batman is the focal point of the storyline and keeps you riveted throughout. While the several sub-plots with the Arkham escapees are of uneven quality some of them are excellent. The one involving the Joker is, predictably, among the best of the lot.
This ranks as one of the best Batman stories ever written and anyone who is intrigued by the character of Batman must pick this one up.
A great read and a big thank-you to Amazon for getting this product to me 4 weeks before it was scheduled to arrive!