This review was submitted by Big B spouse Jeff Moggach almost a month agao. I would like to apologize to Jeff for taking so long to get it posted.

In anticipation of July 20th release of The Dark Knight Rises I thought I would get back to basics and brush up on my Bane lore, so I broke open Batman: Knightfall Vol:1 There is no easy way to say this, I really like the character of Bane. If you were to judge a book by its cover you would only see a villain who has made excellent use of his gym membership, but Bane is so much more then a guy out took Batman over his knee.

The statement “I Broke the Bat” is like a double edged knife. Bane hears stories of Batman, and having been hunted by a bat in his dreams since childhood and takes this as a sign to destroy Batman. Knowing a frontal attack would be folly, but needing to get a first hand look of the Bat’s Modus operandi he blows up a portion of Arkham Asylum setting free a good portion of Batman’s rogue gallery. Batman pushes himself to his upper most limits physically and mentally to capture the villains, with Bane watching in the shadows, and when the time is right he cripples the Bat.

What’s really awesome in this collection is that it shows an entire origin story of the Bane, including growing up since birth in a prison, his ideology, and training. Everything Bane endured has led him to the beginning of Knightfall. You see in Bane a darker reflection of Batman and believe that Bane is his equal in many ways to Batman

Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 is a great starting point to a complete collection of a cornerstone of Batman mythos. And getting 600+ pages for an outstanding price makes me look forward to volume 2.