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A novelization of the story line was also written by Greg Rucka and released as hardcover in January Plot summary[ edit ] Gotham City suffers the results of a magnitude 7.

In response, the US government declares Gotham a " no man's land ," destroys all bridges leading to the island and sets up a military blockade to prevent people from entering or exiting.

Gangs and various supervillains Batman had battled over the years swiftly carve up the city.

Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1

The city's police 's commissioner, James Gordonand several members no man s land batman his department, who dub their gang the Blue Boys stay behind to protect civilians. Oracle and Huntress also end up on the inside. Bruce Wayne leaves the city to lobby the government to continue aid to Gotham, but fails.

Gordon and his men wait for Batman's return, but he disappears for months, leading the police to believe that he has abandoned Gotham.

A bitterly disappointed Gordon denounces Batman and refuses even to speak his name. Huntress attempts to keep order, fashioning a Batman costume.

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She soon discovers that no man s land batman fear her more as Batman than they do as Huntress and succeeds in holding territory of her own. When Batman returns, he allows her to continue to use the costume. However, when she fails to hold off Two-Face and his army of men and loses Batman's territory, she abandons the costume.

Batman and the police work separately to reclaim Gotham, piece by piece, by battling and subduing the gang leaders and then marking the reclaimed territory with graffiti.


However, a schism erupts between Gordon and SWAT Lieutenant William "Billy" Petit, whose militaristic, take-no-prisoners methods shock and outrage Gordon; the Blue Boys subsequently break into two separate factions, with most of Petit's officers siding with him to form the Strong Men.

Various subplots emerge through the battles.


Poison No man s land batman takes up residence in Robinson Park, and Batman — after helping her defeat Clayface 's attempts to control the park and thus Gotham's fresh fruit supply — allows her to remain there as long as she cares for various orphans who had retreated to the park, as well as distributing food to the rest of the city.

Watching him cheerfully manipulate people and events into the complete meltdown he hopes for made my skin crawl.

Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 1 by Bob Gale

I try not to expect too much from these big event books, but this was really a solid offering. It helps that the event itself was such promising ground for telling no man s land batman like this. The plot is familiar to those who've played the recent "Arkham City" game which takes a similar approach though it only segregates part of Gotham rather no man s land batman the entirety of it.

But the supervillains of Arkham roam Gotham freely now and recruit gangs whic A major earthquake hits Gotham chronicled in "Cataclysm" and the US Government takes the unprecedented not to mention highly unlikely approach to the disaster by quarantining the city and annexing it from the USA - the result?

But the supervillains of Arkham roam Gotham freely now and recruit gangs which fight for territories of Gotham like in "Arkham City". If you can get past the improbability of the scenario - I mean it would be like the US abandoning New Orleans after Katrina - then you're in no man s land batman for a helluva first book.

Bob "Back to the Future" Gale does a fine job of writing the first story arc in this massive series, setting the stage for what is to come. He establishes the wasteland Gotham becomes and the lawless, terrifying place it descends to without regular food or supplies coming through.

He introduces the mysterious figure of Batgirl and doesn't introduce the Batman until the very end, focusing instead on the rival gangs run by Penguin and the other rogues, Barbara Gordon, who creates a new network of information without the aid of computers, and the fight back to restore the city led by Commissioner Gordon.

She promptly kicks his ass and breaks him by saying that he must be miserable as well getting an extremely unconvincing Don't You Dare Pity Me! Quakemaster was the name of a Silver Age Batman villain who used his architectural knowledge for evil.

The version seen in NML is a reboot of sorts. The Joker kills Sarah Essen when he finds him with the babies. Batman shows The Joker standing triumphant over the ruins of Gotham.