Monday, March 7, 2016

Batman: Knightfall (DC Direct)

Batman: Knightfall
DC Direct

Three in a row based on the Caped Crusader? We promise to take a break from Batman after this one - Probably not a long one, but a break nonetheless.

Knightfall is hands down one of the greatest Batman stories ever told. Jean Paul Valley's portrayal of Batman as a ruthless vigilante that would go to any means necessary to stop crime (to and include murder) was jaw dropping at times. Then on top of that you also get the heart of the story itself which was Bruce Wayne having his back broken by Bane. The story delivered on so many levels!

Of course to get that whole story, one would need to stick with both monthly Batman titles being published between 1993 and 1994 - Batman and Detective Comics (respectively). The entire story spanned across a trilogy known as Knightfall, Knightquest and KnightsEnd - Or as they are unofficially referred to in their trade paperback collection as, The KnightSaga.

To sum this all up - If you haven't read it, you should.

Somewhat late to the party, but still well received was DC Direct's line of figures based on the trilogy. The biggest shame here is how small the series was. Personally, we would have loved to see a rogue of villains released here. It was the perfect opportunity to incorporate classics such as Penguin, Joker, Riddler and more as they all appeared in the comic series during this particular story.

 Batman - Jean Paul Valley*Nightwing

Bane and Catwoman are the two most highly sought after figures in the series. As such, they can garner between $50.00 and $70.00 each, mint on card. The remaining figures are typically priced between $20.00 and $30.00, but the reality of the matter is that the average going price is around $15.00 for them.

Mask of Tengu Batman*Catwoman*Bane

The entire KnightSaga has not only been collected in trade paperback versions numerous times over, but it's also available in novel format - Written by Dennis O'Neil. For those not into reading, fear not. You can also enjoy the story in audiobook format.

To sum this all up (again) - If you haven't read it, you should...Or at the very least listen to it.

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  1. I'm glad that I picked up Bane and Catwoman when these were released. I have the Mask of Tengu Batman, too, but I haven't ever grabbed the others. Might have to check on the asking prices for them.

    1. Not a whole lot of reasonable offerings for the two on ebay at the moment. Only the expensive dealers holding out for more.



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