Batman Knightfall Vol 1 by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon and Alan Grant. And about a hundred other people.
I was pretty excited to read Knightfall. After all, to anyone as fangirlie as me, who has spent hours reading up on Batman mythology, the story of how Batman’s back was broken is pretty legendary.
And it was good.
There was also just a lot of it. Like a lot, a lot, a lot of it. Like this book is over 600 pages and I’m only 1/3 of the way through the story. There’s a hundred pages of Bane’s back story, which is sympathetic but I’m not sure I’m ready for a study of what drive people insane. Or at least, not one this long and repetitive. Bane then releases EVERY SINGLE VILLAIN Batman has ever locked up and we have to watch him systematically rounding them up while pushing Robin (Tim Drake) away and becoming increasingly exhausted. And then, when DC could think of literally no other way to possibly torture him, Bane finds out his identity, comes after him and breaks his back. Which is almost a relief ’cause it’s a change the in story.
Then Bruce, because he’s the world’s greatest detective, puts Jean Paul Valley in the Batsuit, despite the fact that he was programmed to be a crazy person. Worse still, he never even asks Dick. And that’s just not cool man, not cool.
Inevitably Jean Paul looses himself in the suit and the power and his programming and the violence, Bruce goes off on a mission to save the woman he’s truly, deeply, madly in love with this week and poor Tim’s left to fix everything.
So mostly, this story makes everyone but Tim look bad.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of the story. I wouldn’t take Bruce getting his back broken by Bane out of the canon ever ’cause it’s great to see him as a human, fragile and defeatable. It’s nice to see him fight a villain who actually plans and thinks ahead and is strategic but it just feels like too much to me. Too heavy. Too long. Too many episodes. I’d rather a few good fights instead of going to such extreme extremes to make Bruce look good before breaking him. But maybe that’s just me.
Last movie I watched: Blackfish. Documentary about how orca whales aren’t meant to be at SeaWorld. Beautiful. Also sad. But very beautiful.
Last TV episode I watched: BSG! BSG! BSG!