Batman-Knightfall Part 1: Broken Bat
Author: Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon
Illustration: Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan
Publisher: DC Comics
Purchased at Salt Lake Comic-Con
There are a few classic comic book scenes/covers throughout time that even non-comic book readers have seen and know the significance of what is happening in the story. These scenes include, but are not limited to: the time Gwen Stacy died in Amazing Spider-Man #112; the front cover of Superman vol. 2, #75 also known as “The Death of Superman”; and Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the front cover of Captain America Comics #1. I feel that it is safe to add along with those classic scenes the image of Bane breaking Batman’s back over his upper leg in Batman Knightfall. It is a powerful image that comes from a powerful novel.
In just part one there are many different characters who make their presence known in this story. Whether it be Harvey Bullock or Poison Ivy, many different personalities clash leaving the fate of Gotham City in The Dark Knight’s hands. These are weak hands, though, that see the life and will of Batman slipping away as he confronts one emotional/physical problem after another; all set in motion by Bane.
The Pros: One of my favorite moments was the fire fight Firefly brought to Batman. It’s almost as if Bruce Wayne takes on some form of super powers with all that he endures throughout this novel. He doesn’t know the meaning of giving up until it all comes to a “snapping” end in the Batcave.
The Cons: As epic as it was to have all of those criminals break free from Arkham, the story felt slow at times and failed to keep my interest. I had to force myself to finish it. At other times there was just too much going on with the Joker, the Riddler, the Mayor, Jim Gordon, Robin, Film Freak, Zsasz, Bane, Batman, etc.
BAM, POW, KA-BOOM, this novel is good but falls short just like the Scarecrow’s plan.
Jer gives it 3/5.