[World of Bats] Return of KNIGHTFALL!

Welcome to the World of Bats, the Batman Book Club!

There won’t be an immediate theme for this month of November. Instead, we’re going to catch up on some runs and events that we’ve been reading through in the past! So we’re going to start with one of the longest delayed and one of the most influential Batman events, Knightfall!

Here are the issues that we’ll be reading:

Showcase '93 #7 (First Story)
Showcase '93 #8 (First Story)

Batman #498

Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #17
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #18

This will be the current reading for 2021-11-01T05:00:00Z2021-11-06T05:00:00Z, but if you find yourself on the Batcave bed with a broken back, or wake up one day in a Scarecrow outfit not knowing where you are (and really, who hasn’t been there?), you can always come back.

Let us know what you think of these issues down below!

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I haven’t read much featuring him, but I generally like Jean Paul’s appearances. What happened to him? It seems like he doesn’t show up in more recent comics

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He was in the recent Justice League Odyssey and also has a current story in Batman Urban Legends. Jean Paul also made a few appearances in Batman: The Adventures Continue.

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That’s good to know. Sounds like he’s been around and I’ve just been missing him

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He is one of the characters that kind of come and go. Before JLO I feel like he was pretty much MIA. I could be wrong though.

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Jean Paul was also in James Tynion’s Detective Comics run from almost the beginning, though he only became part of the team after Tim Drake “died.” Funnily enough we’ll be talking about that run and some of his most important beats there pretty soon…

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This is a fun story and I thought Scarecrow was quite menacing as the main villain. Anarky was interesting, I think I’m more familiar with him from Arrow than from comics. If not for the fact that they mentioned it a couple of times, I could have forgotten that it wasn’t Bruce wearing the cowl

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I somehow missed this thread altogether.

The Two-Face story has always felt a little clumsy to me, as if the writers realized that they’d forgotten one of their main villains and had to slap together something to make up for their oversight. Even Klaus Janson’s art isn’t doing it for me. (I think his rough, erratic style worked much better for Gothic.)

Batman #498 is essentially a transition issue with nothing of interest going on in it. But, you know, a filler issue is sometimes necessary for pacing purposes, and the issue offers plenty of Jim Aparo’s hilariously awkward framing, which I’m all for. (Who said that you had to go back to Adam West for your Dutch angle fix?)

Shadow of the Bat gives us one of the best Scarecrow stories to ever grace a Batman comic, as far as I’m concerned. And while the Showcase art felt distracting and inappropriate, the artwork here by Bret Blevins is stunning and completely in-line with the content. Oh, and Anarky is here, too, but who cares?

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