Well, the Nolan trilogy has come to an end. And I'd like to take a moment to look back at one of the stories that absolutely blew my mind as a kid: Batman Knightfall. If you've read my previous blogs (and shame on you if you haven't!), you would know I had a gradual leveling up in terms of my comics reading. Growing through the ranks of Muppet Babies through Archie until finally arriving at Batman.
I in all honesty thought it would be similar to the Batman series. I mean, it HAD to be funny, right? I mean, Beetlejuice and Mr. Mom was going to be Batman! I thought it would be a modern day camp fest. First scene of the movie? Gotham full of jackasses and a hooker hitting on a 12 year old....yeah. Needless to say I was not expecting that.....and it blew me away! What followed was a dark and gothic masterpiece that to me still holds up today. And that's when I began with the more "grown up" comics, though eventually throughout 1990 getting ready to move to Puerto Rico I had stopped almost completely buying comics knowing I wouldn't be able to haul everything with me (as a matter of fact, my entire collection stayed behind). But in 1991, I started all over again. And it started, of course, with Archie and Batman.
At that point I had missed out on A LOT that happened. I started buying again by the time Tim Drake was introduced and his first mini-series had already came out. I was getting into the groove again, buying Batman, Detective Comics, and the occasional Legends of the Dark Knight whenever it came to the drug store. Then suddenly in 1993 the unexpected happened: the death of Superman.
And after months of agonizing and debating, the landmark issue finally came. The big one. The issue where the bat was broken.
As the story progressed, just before Knightfall started Batman had taken under his wing the aforementioned Azrael, Jean Paul Valley. So pretty much at this point, we all knew it, we all knew he HAD to become the new Batman. And that he did. As Bruce Wayne was mending his broken back, Azrael took over as Batman in an attempt to make Bane think he failed at outing Bruce as Batman. Of course Bane didn't buy it for a minute. And then, after Jean Paul was starting to go a little kukoo, that's when things got REAL.
With Bruce and Alfred away Tim was pretty much left alone with this psycho. And eventually the big fight we were all waiting for had finally arrived. The payoff. It was Bane vs what we all affectionately called AzBats!
But that withstanding, I still have the entire original Knightfall issues. And when I really want to feel pumped up, I take them out of my box, put on some Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cranberries, Stone Temple Pilots, Sound Garden, and Alice In Chains, bust out the snacks, and dig in deep into a part of my youth that I will never forget for the rest of my life, and all is good with the world.
That's it for now, it was a tad long, but I hope you all enjoyed it to some extent. Hope you enjoy The Dark Knight Rises and stay safe, everybody, until next time!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr