Debriefing #11: ‘Knightquest: The Crusade’ part 2

Knightfall: The Crusade Part 2
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench
Artists: Graham Nolan, Vincent Giarrano, Bret Blevins, Mike Manley, Jim Balent
Colorist: Adrienne Roy

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Vol. 2, discussing the latter half of The Crusade and Robin #7.

Jean-Paul Valley’s career as the Caped Crusader continues as Bruce Wayne remains missing in action. Our new hero struggles with the demons wrestling inside him, pushing him to some extremes and thus compromising Batman’s image. More villains take their shots at the new Batman, among them Corrosive Man, Abattoir and the Joker, the latter whom obtains the help of some notable film connoisseurs…

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Debriefing #10: ‘Knightquest: The Crusade’ Part 1

Knightquest: The Crusade Part 1
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench, Jo Duffy
Artists: Graham Nolan, Vincent Giarrano, Mike Manley, Jim Balent
Colorist: Adrienne Roy, Buzz Setzer

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Vol. 2. Because of the length of the volume, this section will discuss the first half of Knightquest: The Crusade, going up to Catwoman #7.

Jean-Paul Valley, under the mantel of the Batman, has defeated Bane. But this is just the beginning as the new Batman begins a crusade against crime. His excessive methods and more elaborate and militaristic gear makes Jean-Paul a much more lethal and ruthless Batman. And with a new Batman, a new set of villains begin to pour into Gotham. Continue reading

Debriefing #9: ‘Knightfall: Who Rules the Night’

Knightfall (1993) Part 2 (Who Rules the Night)
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, Alan Grant
Artists: Graham Nolan, Klaus Janson, Jim Aparo, Bret Blevins
Colorist: Adrienne Roy, Klaus Janson

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Volume 1. Given the length of this volume we are discussing the second half of this book, the story arc known as Who Rules the Night.

Batman is broken. With Arkham’s finest still on the loose, Gotham still needs its dark crusader and Bruce Wayne passes the mantel onto Jean-Paul Valley, a man from a troubled past as Azrael, a brainwashed assassin. Will the cape and cowl set Jean-Paul on the path to redemption, or will the newfound power drive him to become a merciless crusader? Continue reading

Debriefing #8: ‘Knightfall: Broken Bat’

Knightfall (1993) Part 1 (Broken Bat)
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench
Artists: Norman Breyfogle, Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Graham Nolan
Colorist: Adrienne Roy

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Volume 1. Given the length of this volume we are discussing the first half of this book, the story arc known as Broken Bat which ends with Batman #497.

A new threat enters Gotham City. The man known as Bane unleashes the inmates of Arkham Asylum upon the city, leaving Batman on a never-ending crime-fighting spree as he tries to stop the all out war waged by his rogues gallery on Gotham. Continue reading