Batman: Knightfall Part Three: Knightsend (英語) ペーパーバック – 1995/6/1
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Written by various; Art by various In the final chapter of this series, Bruce Wayne completes his improbable recovery from his broken back and is ready to resume his role as Gotham's protector. But Jean Paul Valley, the man who now patrols the night as a vicious and violent Batman, is not willing to give up his new identity. Driven to the brink of madness by inner demons, the new Batman seeks to destroy Bruce as they meet in mortal combat. But in the end, Bruce defeats Jean Paul both mentally and physically and reclaims his legendary cape and cowl.
Dennis O'Neil is the influential writer of comics including BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and countless other titles. He is also the author of The DC Comics Guide to Writing for Comics (Watson Guptill).
Known for his fast-paced, action-oriented plotting, Chuck Dixon is the prolific and acclaimed writer of long runs on BATMAN, ROBIN, NIGHTWING, BIRDS OF PREY, GREEN ARROW and, for Marvel Comics, THE PUNISHER and CONAN.
Doug Moench has written novels, short stories, newspaper feature articles, weekly newspaper comic strips, film screenplays and teleplays. His first published work was My Dog Sandy, a comic strip printed in his elementary school newspaper. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight.--このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL VOL.3, KNIGHTSEND collects:
BATMAN 509-510 and 512-514
BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT 29-30 and 32-34
DETECTIVE COMICS 676-677 and 679-681
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 62-63
ROBIN 8-9 and 11-13
SHOWCASE 94 #10 (thanks to reviewer P.Soliman for the correction)
[All of the collected issues can be reviewed and found on Batman: Knightfall, Part Three: KnightsEnd and Batman: Prodigal. Please click and review each link for further detail. I won't go into as much information, since the links do it far better.]
Batman Knightsend picks up where vol.2 left off where Bruce has returned to Gotham and seen at his replacement, Jean Paul-Valley has gone overboard with the Batman persona and taking over Gotham with his form of justice. Bruce can't stand for Valley's rule, but is no match for him since he has forgotten much of his training, so he's in no position to fight Valley for title of Batman again. So Bruce decides to retrain under one of the most deadliest assassins in the DC Universe, Lady Shiva. After extensive training, Bruce returns to Gotham to take back the mantle of Batman. After Valley's defeat, Bruce suffers from his back problems again and reluctantly ask Dick Grayson to take up being Batman while Bruce heals.
After so much time out of the spot light, Bruce finally coming back is a breath of fresh air. If you read Knightsquest, you get so tired of Valley after awhile that you really want Bruce back, and it makes the build-up finally seeing it happen flawlessly. Seeing Bruce retrain himself and to the point of perfection again, as well as it clashing with his ideology of not killing is fascinating. It's all a huge buildup for the main event, with Bruce and Valley fighting in the Batcave. Unlike Knightsquest where so much focus was on Valley, it didn't have the same impact or enthusiasm like Knightfall had, and that's where Knightsend succeeds. It's all about the buildup and Knightsend is a fitting bookend.
Then there is the crème de la crème of this collection: Prodigal. If your one who read, enjoyed, and thought Batman: The Black Mirror was the first and ultimate Dick Grayson tale about taking on the mantle of Batman, you'll want to check this out. This is not only the first time Dick Grayson becomes Batman, but it does a couple of things to make it worth it's while. The first one is the connection of Bruce and Dick being father and son. The other is that this arc clears up many of the loose plots left over throughout the entire Knightfall saga. And thirdly, are the differences between Valley as Batman and Dick Grayson as Batman. For example; whereas Valley was arrogant and serious, Dick is more sincere and light-hearted. And yet, both characters openly admit just how difficult being Batman really is. Great read overall.
As for complaints, the first one is this: THIS IS NOT COMPLETE. Just like volume 2, this isn't complete, which is what every person wanted out of these new editions. What issues are missing are Batman #515, Shadow of the Bat #35, Detective Comics #682, and Robin #14. All four of these missing issues make up the "Troika" arc, where Bruce becomes Batman again with a new suit, new bat-mobile and overall better working relationship Dick Grayson and Tim Drake. Missing these last four issues not only are important and good, but without them, "Prodigal" ends on a cliffhanger because of it. Like volume 2, we all hoped these new editions would be complete, but the lack of a mere four issues to properly end the entire saga is let down. It overall keeps this collection from perfect.
Art is out of 1994 and 1995, so be prepared for this type of older art, as well as the same type of paper used from the other volumes. I grew up with this type of art and paper, so I don't mind it all. But if you've got volumes 1 & 2, then you'll know what to expect.
BATMAN VOL 3, KNIGHTSEND is not complete, so it doesn't quite get it perfect. But overall the massive amount of content for the money, added with great material, and the inclusion of the pricy and rare Prodigal makes this collection a saving grace. I'll give it an 4 ½ score review, just close to perfect. Overall, I'm very happy with all three new 2012 Knightfall editions, even if there is missing some of the content from volumes 2 & 3. I only ask that DC please reprint the remaining missing issues (and maybe lead-up issues to Knightfall) in another trade collection in the future. Once all the issues are collected, then the readers may have your permission to die. Happy reading, Bat-fans.
Knightsend is about Batman working with Shiva to get his fighting skills back and finally taking down Jean Paul Valley.
Prodigal is about Dick temporarily taking on the role of Batman.
Knightfall vol. 3 is probably my most favorite part of the whole saga for one simple reason. This is the volume I credit with forming the modern Bat-family. Prior to Knightfall, Dick Grayson hasn't really had any involvement with Batman since he had left the role of Robin. In all that time, Batman has lost another Robin and gained a third one. With this book, we finally see Dick come back into the fold. Prodigal has Dick confronting Batman over their relationship the last few years and finally facing the past. Prodigal isn't the best Dick as Batman story (that honor goes to The Black Mirror) but what it does for the Bat mythos makes this a must-read story.
I would only complain for the quality paper used in the dc comic publications these days... they lack of quality..... covers will bend soon... I