I loved all Batman movies directed by Nolan. May be I still love them. But to me, they are no longer the best representative of the essential Batman spirit.
Batman, created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). There are countless standalone issues and series featuring Batman. The notable ones include The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight and Batman: Hush.
The most famous, however, would probably be the Knightfall saga. In this epic story, Bane breaks Batman’s back. It’s perhaps the most shocking incident after Superman’s death.
“I am Bane and I could kill you.”
“But death would only end your agony and silence your shame.”
“Instead I will simply break you.”
“Broken and Done.”
The story, complete in 3 volumes and more than 1800 pages long, feels a lot more epic than Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises or any other films directed by him. Of course, you can’t fit 1800 pages in 3 hours. But for this very reason, the Knightfall series has more depth and is more enjoyable.
Bane devises a strategy to set loose all of Arkham Asylum. He provides weapons to the criminals and utter chaos follows. Batman fights them as he always does, but it weakens him and Bane just waits for the right opportunity to strike. He breaks Batman but what happens then?
The knightfall saga includes three books:
Volume 1 – Knightfall
Volume 2 – Knightquest
Volume 3 – Knightsend
If you like Batman comics, go for it. If you don’t, still go it. You cannot possibly be disappointed
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