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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest ⚣ Author Chuck Dixon – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Mentally defeated and physically broken, Bruce Wayne suffered a crippling blow while battling the brutal Bane Now, the mantle of the Bat must be passed on to another, and Jean Paul Valley answers the Mentally defeated and Vol. 2: PDF Ç physically broken, Bruce Wayne suffered a crippling blow while battling the brutal Bane Now, the mantle of the Bat must be passed on to another, and Jean Paul Valley answers the call But as the new Caped Crusader slowly loses his grip on sanity, his idea of justice takes a violent and deadly turn Witnessing this dangerous behavior firsthand, Nightwing and Robin try to come to grips with Batman: Knightfall, Kindle - Bruce s highly controversial decision while the new Batman sets his sights on taking revenge against Bane This volume collects Detective Comics, Shadow of the Bat,, Batman, Catwoman and Robin.

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  • 656 pages
  • Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest
  • Chuck Dixon
  • English
  • 06 February 2018
  • 1401235360

About the Author: Chuck Dixon

Charles Chuck Dixon Vol. 2: PDF Ç is an American comic book writer, perhaps best known for long runs on Batman titles in the sHis earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in then later for First Comics, who published the on going series , on which he worked with his then wife, the artist Judith Hunt His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to Batman: Knightfall, Kindle - write back up stories for Marvel Comics The Savage Sword of ConanIn , he began working for Eclipse Comics, writing Airboy with artist Tim Truman Continuing to write for both Marvel and mainly Eclipse on these titles, as well as launching Strikewith artist Tom Lyle in August and Valkyrie with artist Paul Gulacy in October , he began work on Carl Potts Alien Legion series for Marvel s Epic Comics imprint, Knightfall, Vol. 2: PDF ↠ under editor Archie Goodwin He also produced a three issue adaptation of J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit for Eclipse with artist David Wenzel between and , and began writing Marc Spector Moon Knight in June His Punisher OGN Kingdom Gone August, led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal and later,monthly and occasional Punisher titles , and also brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Denny O Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini series The mini proved popular enough to spawn two sequels The Joker s Wild and Cry of the Huntress which led to both an ongoing monthly series which Dixon wrote for issues before leaving to work with CrossGen Comics , and to Dixon working on Detective Comics from through the major Batman stories KnightFall KnightsEnd for which he helped create the key character of Bane , DC One Million , Contagion , Legacy , Cataclysm and No Man s Land Much of his run was illustrated by Graham NolanHe was DC s most prolific Batman writer in the mid s rivalled perhaps in history by Bill Finger and Dennis O Neil in addition to writing Detective Comics he pioneered the individual series for Robin , Nightwing which he wrote for issues, and returned to briefly with s and Batgirl , as well as creating the team and book Birds of PreyWhile writing multiple Punisher and Batman comics and October s Punisher Batman crossover , he also found time to launch Team for Jim Lee s WildStorm Image and Prophet for Rob Liefeld s Extreme Studios He also wrote many issues of Catwoman and Green Arrow , regularly having about seven titles out each and every month between the years and In March, , Dixon turned his attention to CrossGen s output, salthough he co wrote with Scott Beatty the origin of Barbara Gordon s Batgirl in s Batgirl Year One For CrossGen he took over some of the comics of the out going Mark Waid, taking over Sigil from , and Crux with He launched Way of the Rat in June , Brath March , The Silken Ghost June and the pirate comic El Cazador Oct , as well as editing Robert Rodi s non Sigilverse The Crossovers He also wrote the Ruse spin off Archard s Agents one shots in January and November and April , the last released shortly before CrossGen s complete collapse forced the cancellation of all of its comics, before which Dixon wrote a single issue of Sojourn May Dixon s Way of the Rat , Brath and El Cazador were among the last comics released from the then bankrupt publisherOn June , , Dixon announced on his forum that he was no longer employed by DC Comics in any capacity.



10 thoughts on “Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 2: Knightquest

  1. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    After slogging through 600 pages of Jean Paul Valley as Batman, the best way to sum him up is to steal a line from Wayne s World because that s about as hip and as current as I get, and because it s a temporally apropos reference if Jean Paul Valley were ice cream, he would be pralines and dick JPV might be the single most boring and kind of douchey hero in the history of superheroes, and that includes D Man, Jack of Hearts, and Aquaman He would be nigh unendurable over the course of a s After slogging through 600 pages of Jean Paul Valley as Batman, the best way to sum him up is to steal a line from Wayne s World because that s about as hip and as current as I get, and because it s a temporally apropos reference if Jean Paul Valley were ice cream, he would be pralines and dick JPV might be the single most boring and kind of douchey hero in the history of superheroes, and that includes D Man, Jack of Hearts, and Aquaman He would be nigh unendurable over the course of a single story arc the effect is exponentially multiplied given the hernia inducing size of this volume.Why, then, did I finish it Three reasons 1 Intermittently, there were interesting parts most notably an arc with the Joker in which he talked some Hollywood producer types into financing a movie of his actual attempt to kill Batman that gave me hope that there wereinteresting things to come sadly, there weren t it s a little bit like unwrapping the top of a secret surprise candy bar, seeing a bit of chocolate, eating it, and the unwrapping the rest to reveal a giant stalk of non chocolate covered asparagus oddly enough, I think that, like consuming that asparagus treat, reading this story made my pee smell funny 2 I m something of a masochist who needs to finish what he starts draw your own conclusions as to whether that extends beyond collections of bad 90s comics I welcome wild speculation as to the nature of my personal life and3 Sometimes nostalgia compels me to do strange things shut up it is too totally awesome that I m listening to Nelson s After the Rain right now it s the second best song ever recorded by the second best 80s band to debut in the 90s Incidentally, Nelson s best work is, obviously, Can t Live Without Your Love and Affection in part because I have a mild erotic fixation with parentheticals, as you may have noticed , and the best 80s band to debut in the 90s was, of course, White Lion I m given to understand by certain parties ahem, DAVID that Vol 3 is much better, so I may continue to trudge my way through this arc once my pee smells normal again

  2. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    As much as I enjoyed the first volume of Knightquest where Batman is defeated by Bane, I found the reincarnation of Batman via Ariel to be a bit overbearing OK, so Bruce finally recovers and takes back the mantle and mask, but they lost me sometime during Ariel s screwups I don t know, maybe I just need Bruce because Snyder s Batman 52 universe using Inspector Gordon in The Suit after Bruce s demise also turned me off Call me old fashioned, but in any case, I had a hard time staying intereste As much as I enjoyed the first volume of Knightquest where Batman is defeated by Bane, I found the reincarnation of Batman via Ariel to be a bit overbearing OK, so Bruce finally recovers and takes back the mantle and mask, but they lost me sometime during Ariel s screwups I don t know, maybe I just need Bruce because Snyder s Batman 52 universe using Inspector Gordon in The Suit after Bruce s demise also turned me off Call me old fashioned, but in any case, I had a hard time staying interested in this one

  3. Selkie ✦ Queen Selkie ✦ Queen says:

    Deciding to make yet another Knightfall installment as the graphic novel to mark the end of my second wave of Batman comics diet hasor less solidified my growing suspicion that I have this neurotic tendency not to make things easy for me every now and then when it comes to reading a story I deserve a goddamn break from difficult to swallow and digest sort of comics from a Batman title, do I not How could I ever allow myself to spend the last two weeks of December reading a 600 plus paged Deciding to make yet another Knightfall installment as the graphic novel to mark the end of my second wave of Batman comics diet hasor less solidified my growing suspicion that I have this neurotic tendency not to make things easy for me every now and then when it comes to reading a story I deserve a goddamn break from difficult to swallow and digest sort of comics from a Batman title, do I not How could I ever allow myself to spend the last two weeks of December reading a 600 plus paged omnibus concerning a Batman who is not Bruce Wayne underneath the cowl at all I could never figure out the answer for myself until I managed to finish the said damn thing and write this review at almost four o clock on a Tuesday morning The answer is that I M CRAZY.Truth be told, I think the Knightfall series is an important historical artifact that deserves a place in the Batman comics legacy but the three massive volumes are no happy strolls in the park especially when that park is located in Gotham and the caped crusader supposedly guarding said city and its streets is just as mentally unstable as the next Arkham Asylum patient The most disheartening piece of information I could give to you if you ever want to read this is that the first volume features Bane who is a character you will either like or despise, and that Bruce Wayne suffers a serious spinal injury courtesy of aforementioned jackass And then he assigns the Batman title to a man named Jean Paul Valley who was a pretty cool guy at first when he was just playing second fiddle as Azrael However, as soon as he puts on the Bat cowl, something immediately feels off Suddenly, you re reading about a Batman who is utterly, selfishly and holyjesusfuck insane and extreme on his methods and overall modus operandi as the new sheriff in godforsaken Gotham City The only good thing that ever came from Jean Paul becoming the new Batman is the fact that he was able to beat the crap out of Bane but the readers merely traded one devil for another Tim Drake as Robin is justifiable with his concerns regarding Jean Paul s painfully slow descent to madness but Bruce and Alfred have to go to another country so he could get heal and recuperate so Tim s on his own about that Meanwhile, Jean Paul Valley continues his run as the Batman, putting the dark on the Dark Knight and turning the knight part into a symbol of horror His costume also becomes a full metal one that is regularly maintained like a well polished nightmare It s worth noting that thehe upgrades it, the crazier he also seems to get BECAUSE IT S A METAPHOR OF IRONY SYMBOLIC OF HIS OWN MENTAL AND MORAL DECAY, YO But there s no keeper for Jean Paul Valley unless you count the two delusions in his head called Saint Dumas and his abusive father who take turns having arguments concerning ethics and the holy mission Jean Paul must fulfill did I mention that they both only exist in Jean Paul s head But it s not a party yet Oh, no Throw some mob strife and rampaging low class criminals into the mix as the city s asshole mayor and Commissioner Gordon with the rest of GCPD having little disagreements of their own and you got yourself an un fun orgy that breeds the most exquisite hellish scenarios With, of course, regular doses of Catwoman, the Joker and Clayface just to make it extra special The heap of steaming bullshit you just read is covered by this second volume.And you know what I still encourage you to read everything Oh, yes There are unavoidable troubling moments when you d feel as if you re being punished for reading through this mess but your attention span and patience will be later rewarded once you do encounter the Catwoman and the Joker stories which for me are the strongest and most entertaining of the omnibus itself I hated Jean Paul Valley at first instinct myself but found him becomingcomplex, conflicted and multi layered issue after issue that I find my hatred lessening, and my sympathystill lacking I pity the bastard but I will never, ever forgive him for his actions But I understood his painthan anything which is why I think I m a little afraid of this version of Batman As disgusted as I am with Jean Paul Valley roaming around wearing a symbol of the childhood hero I ve always looked up to when he doesn t deserve that honor, there are those brief glimpses readers are offered into his humanity, scarce as it may be at this point, and they do make a tiny portion of my soul ache I will maintain that Jean Paul Valley is one of the most detestable, sickening and pitiful characters you will ever encounter, but he is also one of the most nuanced and fascinating anti heroes you will never stop reading even if your only goal is to see his downfall unfold Oh, that time of reckoning will happen and you know it, so you will pick up the third volume right after this like I would because you have officially become a part of the wreckage, so you might as well see it all the way to the end Knightquest The Crusade is absurdly compelling Comprised of seventeen issues ranging from the Batman, Shadow of the Bat, Catwoman and Detective Comics titles, it s guarantee to kill something inside you while you read about the daily struggles and ridiculously violent and condescendingly moral ways of a man who is so starkly different from Bruce Wayne as Batman, and yet he is also arguably a better fit for Gotham s criminal atmosphere I may not agree with his methods I may want to punch him in the brain, but he s the devil that I know and cannot un know after this I think both Knightfall Broken Bat, the first volume, and this one are a mixed bag They both have flaws and redeeming qualities Tonality wise, they re vastly different but they both concern two characters that are polarizing and challenging to have any sort of sympathy for As collected works, they ll make you queasy and rage quit a few times if your heart is simply not in it, but I advise you to stick around and just have fun with it There were a few awesome character moments in between that can be funny Jean Paul s hilarious pent up sexual anger towards Catwoman the Joker making a movie about the death of Batman and downright chilling that storyline about mothers from distant countries selling their babies to be adopted by Gotham based parents Gordon s confrontation with Jean Paul Valley as he demonstrates just how deeply he believes in Batman as symbol of hope for the city he loves and how utterly betrayed he is to find out that this is not the partner he had worked and built a relationship with any In a nutshell, I struggled with this volume but when all is said and done, I thought that Knightquest The Crusade was a remarkably eye opening experience even if it darkened a space in my head a little Jean Paul Valley as the central figure of this collection was consistently enthralling even when I outright hated his stupid face He has allowed me to contemplate about my own belief system and set of values He has further enhanced my love for Bruce Wayne as Batman The writers who handled Jean Paul s characterization Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, and Alan Grant deserve all the applause in the world as well as a light slap in each of their cheeks for making me undergo a reading experience so rife with annoyances, grievances and holyjesusfuck moments Pick this up at your own risk You have been sufficiently forewarned.RECOMMENDED 7 10DO READ MY BATMAN COMICS REVIEWS AT

  4. Donovan Donovan says:

    A force of darkness bringing light salvation wrought from terror. This was a very long book for several reasons I generally liked it, but Jean Paul Valley is not my favorite He s not Bruce Wayne, he s not likable, he s not redeemable He s mostly without a conscience Any time he seems to be growing a conscience orlikable, he makes a swift about face The St Dumas System mythology isn t as interesting or deep as I had hoped And he has no Robin to provide tactical support, moral criti A force of darkness bringing light salvation wrought from terror. This was a very long book for several reasons I generally liked it, but Jean Paul Valley is not my favorite He s not Bruce Wayne, he s not likable, he s not redeemable He s mostly without a conscience Any time he seems to be growing a conscience orlikable, he makes a swift about face The St Dumas System mythology isn t as interesting or deep as I had hoped And he has no Robin to provide tactical support, moral critique, or comic relief So what you have is a mean, cold, hardcore Batman dressed as a fascist Voltron What you have is Gotham but without Bruce Wayne and without his iconic villains, butler or sidekick It takes some getting used to.Who is Jean Paul Valley, aka Azrael, aka The Batman Tonight it gets real Real serious Real scary Real painful Real fast He s a dark knight inspired and derived from the Knights of Templar and the Order of St Dumas, which had knowledge of magic, wealth and power from the Temple of Solomon Which has what to do with him exactly, I don t know Jean begins having dreams and hallucinations of St Dumas telling him to be an angel of vengeance and to lead a Crusade, the most fundamental theme of this book His character evolves over the course of the story, at first an angel of vengeance, a protector and defender of life, then both dark and light but mostly terror He is controlled by The System, subliminal brainwashing implemented by his father since childhood, with ties to the real life Project MK Ultra drug and mind control experiments Is it St Dumas or is it LSD Who knows Either way he s not exactly sound of mind, to say the least While Jean Paul Valley does undergo change like any protagonist should, I feel that the writers really missed out on vital characterization Or maybe I just don t like him Probably both We know he never knew his mother and he hates his father We know he was brainwashed He does feel sometimes, lusting for Catwoman, saving a school bus of orphans But then he goes back to breaking arms and slicing faces On your feet, boy You are AzraelAngel of vengeance You were not made to dieWe finally see some potentially great characterization around page 581 near the end of the book where he breaks the rule, but not exactly by choice, to the shocking witness of Tim Drake St Dumas and Jean s father are back, arguing in his head, respectively telling him to save or to kill Abattoir In his indecision something irreparable happens view spoiler Read Abattoir falls to his death hide spoiler Finally Fuck that guy And Jean loses it, the system wreaking havoc on his head Here we go He s growing a conscience But it isn t guilt or remorse, it s righteousness Wow What a cold hearted prick But we can t blame him It s The System His father won out over St Dumas, the angel and devil on his shoulders, the mindfuck drug induced hallucinations But The System ends up feeling like a convenient plot device, however, to get out of characterization and to make him a robot But how come he System Why did that System.That s why Bruce is our favorite, because of his tragedy, his golden rule, his humanity He hurts and mourns the death of those he cannot save But Jean gives zero fucks Jean is a god damn robot by the end who we can t wait to see bloodied and beaten by the real Batman Find your true self in an ISO TANK Now in stock So that s your Batman And the villains don t improve things Tell me if you recognize any of these names The Trigger Twins, Danny Doyle, Tally Man, Mekros, Mr Freeze there s one , Joker two , Abattoir, The Corrosive Man, The Malevolent Mainiaxe, Lady Clayface, Clayface 3 almost , Gunhawk, Rat Gang The trouble with these villains is they re disposable and probably never seen elsewhere in the comic world It s hard to care about them because we don t know or fear them Cowboys, thugs, a sniper, a serial killer The Mainiaxe are just these idiotic punk Three Stooge rip offs with what I would call lobotomy dialog At least Corrosive Man was made of acid and was nearly unstoppable He s on acid The villain who gets hundreds of pages is Abattoir, a blood drinking, bone eating occultist serial killer who kidnaps, tortures and kills his own extended family and anyone else who gets in his way Motivation He s nuts Special skills He s nuts He s the one who kidnaps a school bus of orphans and plans on eating their flesh Yeah Somehow he s also a master escapist, so Jean just keeps lettikf him get away to killpeople I think I prefer even Professor Pyg to Abattoir, he s so disgusting and one dimensional Good riddance.What really bothered me is the lack of Bane He s supposed to be running free in Gotham doing who knows what, much like in Volume 1 I was expecting an epic rematch, but instead Bane magically appears in Blackgate having supposedly been put there by Jean What the fuck When did this happen Why was this not written about Talk about a lost opportunity Instead we had to read about fuckheads like Abattoir torturing his cousin and the Malevolent Mainiaxe Good grief The Joker has a decent but relatively small role, and maybe that s a good thing considering he s making a Hollywood movie called the Death of Batman He s got a green ponytail, weird pants, and a fifteen million dollar budget Yeah, bay bay Did anyone ever talk like this Cameras rolling, he sets up Jean again and again, and while it s rather cheesy and hard to take seriously, it makes for some much needed comedy in this book Can you say drugged whip cream pies For exampleTwo producers debate He s updated his image for the nineties, Joker A sleeker look A Batman for those with a shorter attention span I can t say I like this new Batman I won t agree with that Batman s gone for a retro medieval appearance With the armor and new weaponry he presents a classic image of the dark knight What about the heroes Few and far between There s Robin for about twenty pages, Joe Public who , Ballistic who , and Catwoman, joined by the Friends of the Earth Nature Magic Alliance No, that s not a typo It s mostly the Jean Paul Valley Show And finally, the Sonic Bat Train my coinage Admittedly, this is a terrible idea because, you know, trains have a hard time stopping Inertia, momentum, etc And Jean almost crashes into the D train I think the SBT is really cool and stupid and probably physically impossible I mean, this is the man s main mode of transportation and it does 300 miles per hour It can t even fly Doc Brown s train can fly.So did I like fascist robot Voltron asshole Batman Yes, I liked it okay I didn t really like it, and I certainly didn t love it Almost 700 pages is far too much of Jean Paul Valley the unlovable fuckface But his gadgets are pretty cool The Sonic Bat Train is pretty cool The artwork is great And while his villains aren t iconic they are challenging and bring out the worst, most violent version of Batman And Jim Gordon has a helluva time dealing with Jean Fans of Bruce Wayne should approach with caution, but if you re open to Jean Paul Valley you ll probably like it Here s hoping he gets the living shit beat out of him in Volume 3

  5. Roxanne Roxanne says:

    I ve seen a ton of reviews slating this volume, however it s really not that bad but it is all over the place First off if you only like to read bruce wayne as batman then i ll stop you right there, it s all jean paul, so you could definitely skip this you ll miss nothing Basically jean paul makes this stupid ass suit with claws and guns and it s naff it s like if wolverine became batman and it s tough work reading about jean paul because he s irritating and 600 odd pages later i still don t I ve seen a ton of reviews slating this volume, however it s really not that bad but it is all over the place First off if you only like to read bruce wayne as batman then i ll stop you right there, it s all jean paul, so you could definitely skip this you ll miss nothing Basically jean paul makes this stupid ass suit with claws and guns and it s naff it s like if wolverine became batman and it s tough work reading about jean paul because he s irritating and 600 odd pages later i still don t understand why they thought focusing on this guy would be a good idea They stick loads of people in this, to try and give jean paul a personality or something, every two issues the story changes completely, they definitely were scrapping the bottom of the barrel with the villains they used such as the tally man, corrosive man, clay face 3, because the other two were busy maybe Cat woman s story never really went anywhere, she just shows up to point out that it s not batman, and then joker shows up to again point out that it s not batman Oh and Gordon points out 90 times, it s not batman However, it does have its moments i never felt bored reading the volume, but it doesn t feel like a volume it just reads like random issues Joker s cameo was probably the best, with him directing a batman movie some may hate how campy it is, but it works and was the best thing about the volume Is it worth picking up It could be read as a stand alone there aren t any crucial plot points if you decide to skip this volume, but it s not terrible it s pretty much down to how much you enjoyed the first volume and if you can be bothered to put up with jean paul

  6. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    I haven t been this disappointed in a Batman story since Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again When you have a sequel to an amazing story, you want that story to continue and to be everything its predecessor was and hopefullyUnfortunately, the second volume of Knightfall definitely falls in the extremely disappointing sequel category Admittedly, it s really part of the same story, but definitely the same feelings here Volume One gives you all the excitement and drama of Bane s appe I haven t been this disappointed in a Batman story since Batman The Dark Knight Strikes Again When you have a sequel to an amazing story, you want that story to continue and to be everything its predecessor was and hopefullyUnfortunately, the second volume of Knightfall definitely falls in the extremely disappointing sequel category Admittedly, it s really part of the same story, but definitely the same feelings here Volume One gives you all the excitement and drama of Bane s appearance, his masterminding a gauntlet of horrors for Batman and ultimately his bloody defeat of Batman With his back broken, Bruce Wayne must give himself time to heal and because Gotham cannot wait for a protector, he asks Jean Paul Valley aka Azrael to step in for him and assume the mantle of the Bat I m really not sure he could have made a worse choice There s definitely an argument to be made here that Dick Grayson should have been the one to ask I get that Dick has his own territory to watch over now but still you re really gonna choose a guy you don t know all that well to take over the crusade you ve dedicated your life to Even if it s just temporary But apparently this doesn t occur to Bruce so he takes off to convalesce and track down some missing friends while leaving Robin Tim Drake behind to act as Valley s conscience.To everyone s surprise, Valley doesn t handle things well He has been brainwashed by his own father into THE SYSTEM of a crazy quasi Templar cult called the Order of St Dumas Sarcasm doesn t translate well in print but I got really fucking tired of The System by the end of this volume It ll just randomly help Valley out anytime he s in trouble About to get his ass kicked System kicks in Rescues a lady who only speaks Spanish System kicks in and now he speaks and understands Spanish perfectly It gets old really REALLY fast So this System essentially made Valley into a badass, ruthless assassin Valley had previously rejected this training but shockingly, when he takes on the dark protector identity of Batman, his old training resurfaces and Azrael Batman isviolent,ruthless and less concerned with unintended consequences than Bruce Wayne s Batman He also wants no partners so he walls off all the entrances to the Batcave and essentially tells Robin to fuck off Valley is all the violent parts of Batman on steroids with none of the things that make Batman awesome Batman s intelligence and planning are the main reason I ve always loved him But Valley hates detective work He s filling in for the World s Greatest Detective and he d rather just beat the shit out of someone than do anything involving his brain Consequently he does absolutely zero research on Batman s enemies so he has no idea who Freeze is and decides that Joker isn t a real threat That s right He d rather chase down muggers and common criminals than the guy who has probably murderedpeople in Gotham than anyone His reasoning Joker is just a crazy dude that Bruce Wayne has a fixation on and is nodangerous than any other criminal I m not gonna argue that Bruce and Joker don t have a strange relationship but I m pretty sure I would make bringing in a homicidal maniac my first order of business as Batman And as a last complaint.those bad guys were awful First you get two identical twin cowboys gunslingers who have never met each before but happen to find each other in Gotham and proceed to wreak all kinds of havoc Old West style gunslinger twins Seriously And then we get the Maniaxe who are arguably the most irritating If I was thinking up Batman villains, I m pretty sure that former post grunge punk band turned band of criminals modeled after The Three Stooges wouldn t be on the short list, the long list or any other kind of fucking list So Volume Two gives us bad writing, incredibly irritating characters and a new violent Batman who doesn t care that he s breaking every one of Batman s cardinal rules view spoiler he actually KILLS a villain thus dooming said villain s hostage to die an incredibly violent death AND develops a gun that uses batarangs as ammunition hide spoiler The only parts of this I enjoyed were Tim Drake who was actually pretty interesting as a kid trying to balance being Robin, trying to rein in a complete psycho and being a normal teenager and the confrontation between Bruce and Valley when Bruce finally returns and finds out how badly Valley has tarnished Batman s name Now I just want to see Bruce kick the shit out of Valley and reclaim his place as the true Batman If that was the goal of this volume, then mission accomplished

  7. Sesana Sesana says:

    At this point, Knightfall gets most of its worth as an historical artifact By which I mean that it isn t really very good, but it is an important even in Batman s history Which, post Flashpoint, may never have happened after all The whole Knightfall storyline Bane breaks Batman, Batman comes back was the starting point for The Dark Knight Rises, and this volume covers what the movie thankfully chose to ignore Bruce Wayne s less than worth successor to the cowl, Jean Paul Valley The th At this point, Knightfall gets most of its worth as an historical artifact By which I mean that it isn t really very good, but it is an important even in Batman s history Which, post Flashpoint, may never have happened after all The whole Knightfall storyline Bane breaks Batman, Batman comes back was the starting point for The Dark Knight Rises, and this volume covers what the movie thankfully chose to ignore Bruce Wayne s less than worth successor to the cowl, Jean Paul Valley The thing is, Jean Paul s descent is compelling, on paper But the execution He falls so far, so fast, that Bruce starts to look stupid for even considering him as a successor I get that the storyline as a whole was a take that to fans who wanted an even darker and edgier Batman, but Dixon needed a muchsubtle hand to make Jean Paul s progression regression in the story believable As is, he s about as subtle as a two by four.Nothing else here is really worthwhile The original villains are dull and uninspired cowboy twins wow and the established ones aren t used in interesting ways And frankly, the setups used just aren t enough to hold my attention I mean, this is a monster of a book 650 pages, or 27 issues and it makes reading it all a slog The art isn t that great either Really, if it weren t such a pivotal event, it wouldn t be worth reading at all.Oh, and one final note the summary here on Goodreads mentions Nightwing, but he seems to be playing Sir Not Appearing in This Book

  8. Aildiin Aildiin says:

    This graphic novel achieved very little except bore me to death and convince me that Jean Paul must go away Thankfully it s what will happen in the next volume

  9. Shadowdenizen Shadowdenizen says:

    While this is not quite as good as Volume 1, it s still an interesting read, and delves deeper into the mind of an intriguing but unstable character.

  10. Aaron Aaron says:

    What a joyless, neverending slog this was I thought briefly about giving this book 2 stars, since some of the art is decent, and whenever it s a Chuck Dixon issue, his writing at least moves at a brisk pace, but I just can t do it This book is just a massive doorstop of drudgery and terrible character development, and there simply was not a single story arc in it that I enjoyed.Also, it is looonnng Clocking in at nearly 700 pages, I can t believe I actually finished it I really only did so b What a joyless, neverending slog this was I thought briefly about giving this book 2 stars, since some of the art is decent, and whenever it s a Chuck Dixon issue, his writing at least moves at a brisk pace, but I just can t do it This book is just a massive doorstop of drudgery and terrible character development, and there simply was not a single story arc in it that I enjoyed.Also, it is looonnng Clocking in at nearly 700 pages, I can t believe I actually finished it I really only did so because I enjoyed Knightfall itself so much that I was interested to see the fallout, and the eventual return of Bruce Wayne as Batman But the main problem this book has is its inability to adequately build to literally anything.The main thrust of this storyline is supposedly that Jean Paul Valley, the terrible new Batman, has begun to lose his grip on sanity, and as such is becoming unhinged and overly brutal However, this is only shown via Robin explicitly stating this out loud, never through any of his actual actions Sure, by the end of this book Valley has fully snapped, but it happens all at once based on seemingly nothing There are no actual story moments that show his decline, or how far he s willing to push his violent version of Batman He s just kind of a boring and bad Batman for like 600 pages, and then all of a sudden he s horrible You can fully skip this book and feel like you ve missed absolutely nothing.And that s exactly what I recommend With no Bruce Wayne in this volume at all his storyline is mysteriously absent, only available in the Knightquest The Search graphic novel , there s no one to compare Valley to As such, it s truly a pointless endeavor to read this nonsense It s sad that Knightfall, a classic Batman storyline, was immediately followed up by such garbage But, what re ya gonna do

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