Batman: No Man's Land: A Novel

Batman: No Man's Land: A Novel

by Greg Rucka
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Batman: No Man's Land: A Novel by Greg Rucka

GOTHAM CITY: a dark, twisted reflection of urban America. Overcrowded, overbuilt, and overshadowed by a continuous air of menace, this gothic nightmare is a breeding ground for the depraved, the indifferent, and the criminally insane. It's also the object of one man's obsession. Witness to the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne has dedicated his life to protecting this city, taking a form to inspire hope in the innocent...and fear in the guilty. He is the masked vigilante known as the Batman.

Now the battlefield has changed. Leveled by a massive earthquake that left thousands dead and millions more wounded, Gotham City has been transformed into a lawless wilderness — a No Man's Land — where the survivors are turning against one another, and where the city's protectors are torn by a crisis that may consume them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671774554
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 03/01/2001
Series: Batman: No Man's Land Series
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The author of four novels about professional bodyguard Atticus Kodiak — Keeper (nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America), Finder, Smoker, and Shooting at Midnight, Greg Rucka has been writing since he was eight years old, and hopefully is improving with age. A longtime comics fan, his first graphic novel series was the suspense thriller Whiteout, published by Oni Press and nominated for three Eisner Awards in 1999. Since that time he has been a contributing writer for DC Comics and an active participant in the Batman series of titles.

Born and raised in California, he earned his undergraduate degree at Vassar College and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Rucka is 29 years old, has two tattoos, and rides a motorcycle.

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Batman: No Man's Land: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
There’s got to be a reckoning, Harvey.  My first Batman novel, I don’t know how many of these I’ve missed, but I’m glad I didn’t miss this one. This book is based upon a comic storyline, also called No Man’s Land. I’m not sure which is better as I’ve only read the novel. After loving the Christopher Nolan Batman films and playing the last few Arkham City video games, the idea of Gotham as a rogue state appealed to me. I don’t know if the creators derived any inspiration from this story, but there are similarities. After an earthquake and basically being written off by the government, Gotham descends into feuding territories controlled by quarreling gangsters. What follows is a guerilla war for dominance where the police fight to take back each city block. It’s a cool concept. It worked in The Dark Knight Rises and it’s just as compelling in book form. I’d never read a book by Greg Rucka before, but he’s a strong writer and all of the characters feel appropriately authentic. I came away with admiration not just for the writing, but also for the adult, serious way that the story is handled. It’s obvious that Rucka respects the Batman property and that DC was smart to place it in his hands.
gj460659 More than 1 year ago
This is in my opinion the best batman story that focuses on other characters.  Gordon, nightwing, Huntress all the villains this really examines those characters in ways I haven't read anywhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story just seemed to flow and plus you're reading about Batman so of course it is gonna be awesome
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a quick and hard to put down title. Being a fan of the Batman comics, I was really excited about a reading a novel full of such challenges for our caped crusader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book, and it is amazing!! Yeah, Batman seems to be doing nothing for Gotham when you see what's going on around him, but he is the one making everything happen. When I read the end I wrote a serius letter to Joker. I hope he gets it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joker is my favorite in this book. Rucka really captures his insanity and sadistic views. I also like the dark theme throughout the book it really captures what Batman was originaly supposed to be I think Rucka should have put the Riddler in the book and focused more on Batman rather than Gordon, but overall a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It puts you right in the action
Guest More than 1 year ago
The main character in the book is Gordon, not Batman. The book feels like it is leading up to a climatic battle that never happens. The high light of the book is the Joker. I would only recommend it to serious Batman fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a hard core Batman fan I'd have to say this is the best novel of Batman I've ever read. You get into the mind-set of the characters and understand their pains. You feel Batgirls anguish with the new Batgirl, the love between Nightwing and Huntress, and the pain Batman feels when Gordon no longer trusts him. I felt like I was there every minute. This was just a book I could not put down until I was finished. Even then I had to read it again. This book is strongly recommended for hard core Batman fans. The suspense will keep you on the edge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Batman: No Man¿s Land is an action-packed drama based on DC Comic¿s Batman by Greg Rucka. Gotham City has gone through a violent earthquake that caused billions of dollars in damages and no repairs in sight. The United States has declared that the murder capital of the world, home of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, will no longer be part of the U.S. and have destroyed all forms of access into and from the island. Now, when Gotham is in need of a hero, Batman fails to take the call, it¿s up to Oracle and her agents, and what¿s left of Commissioner Gordon¿s Police force, to save Gotham. Ever since the beginning of ¿No Man¿s Land¿, the survivors of the earthquake or just others who stayed behind have formed gangs and returned to their basic animal instinct, chaos. Adding to Gotham¿s troubles, the most dangerous & psychotic criminals are free and have taken territories. This is by far the best book ever written based on DC Comics¿ Dark Knight: BATMAN. I recommend it for it¿s multiple points of view, background information for those of you with no knowledge of the Dark Knight, and for it¿s nonstop dramatic situations that keep you wanting for more. I guarantee that after reading this book you will also become a BATMAN fan wanting more of him, never being satisfied with the few books there are out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although i may not be the greatest batman fan i really though each and every character portrayed in this book had very descriptive personalities. Seriously the best action novel i have ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book, with charcters coming alive. I'd also like to point out that this Gotham City during the earthquake reminded me of New York after 9/11. The best Batman book ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greg Rucka, popular Detective Comics writer, produces a stunning novel about Batman and his world, which has recently been ravaged by an earthquake. Not only does Rucka dive head first into detailed story but also manages to get you inside the heads of Batman, his compatriots, and the sadistical criminals who remaind in Gotham. The best book I've read in a while. It got me back into Batman comic books with a vengence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page, the first sentence, the first word I was sucked into the mysterious and dangerous world of NO MAN'S LAND. The letter from Oracle (BATGIRL) to her DAD (Commisioner Gordon) Really made me feel as though I was walking the streets of Gotham. Thank You George Rucka!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that 'No Man's Land' is the most impressive novel in Batman's world. It gives the reader a piece of the wonderful environment surrounding Gotham, Batman, and the Joker. The reader will find surprises every ten pages. Mr. Rucka did a great job! Moreover, this novel gives five more reasons for hating Joker--the greatest villain in the comic universe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rucka created a masterpiece.He captured everyone's personality almost, if not, perfectly. The theme is very interesting. It could possibly be a good game,now that I think about it.A movie would be good too, but then,I always think good books like this could be a good movie.I didn't know until i read the book that Lex Luthor was in the Batman world....But im not a major superhero cartoon fan.A good book that in some parts you can't put it down but in other parts I would lose interest.All in all it's a great book worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rucka uses his skills as a detective writer and his familiarity with the world of the Bat to chronicle the No Man's Land. The characters of Gordon, Dent, Montoya, Essen, and all the other characters from Gotham are vividly captured in this novel. Most especially convincing is the personality of Batman. The transition between the Bat and his Bruce Wayne self is well done. The book faithfully follows and greatly expands on the NML storyline from the DC Comics. The plot twists and turns through the dark alleys of Gotham, never letting the reader go until the final page. For Bat fans everywhere, this is a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no man's land is a great book for the batman lover. It makes all of the charaters as sadistic as they should be. If you love batman then this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect tale of survival of the fittest. It has fighting for food, shelter, safety, and even territory. This a great book for all you Risk and Batman fans alike.