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Batman: No Man's Land (1 of 2)

by Greg Rucka
Oct 1, 2011
6 Hours
978-1-59950-798-9
Ages 13+
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. Forever scarred as a child from witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne has dedicated his life to protecting this city from its many predators, taking a form to inspire hope in the innocent...and fear in the guilty. He is the masked vigilante known as the Batman.

With Police Commissioner James Gordon, these two men have always fought to preserve law and order, side-by-side, struggling against a pervasive and relentless criminal element, working together to hold the line.Until now.

Leveled by a massive earthquake that has left thousands dead and millions more wounded, Gotham City has been completely cut off from outside aid, transformed into a lawless battleground -- 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.

Gotham now teeters at the edge of the abyss...and Batman is missing.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Richard Rohan
Starring Richard Rohan, Karen Novack, James Konicek, Julie-Ann Elliott, Thomas Keegan, Danny Gavigan, Yasmin Tuazon, Greg Gorton,Susan Lynskey, Terence Aselford, Nanette Savard, Scott McCormick, Alyssa Wilmoth, Nick DePinto, Drew Kopas, Michael Glenn, David Coyne, James Lewis, Alexander Strain, Thomas Penny, Joseph Thornhill, James Keegan, Christopher Scheeren, Kimberly Gilbert, Dan Sonntag, Faith Potts, Joe Brack, Ken Jackson, M.J.Casey, Liz Demery and Bradley Smith
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Richard Rohan
Dialogue Editors Temesgen Wubneh
Sound Designers Temesgen Wubneh
Original Theme Music Dan Sondak
Additional Original Music Dan Sondak
Cover Illustrator Joe DeVito
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

For any fan of he comic by William (Posted on 2/20/2019)
I loved this comic when i first read it and this was just as enjoyable. Well acted and well done overall. Worth the listen.
Fantastic!!! by Aaron (Posted on 11/5/2018)
Honestly this is the best Graphinc Audio has done. Story is compelling and sucks you in. Voice actors are perfect for their part.
It is Great by Stephen (Posted on 10/20/2018)
Batman: No Man's Land Part 1 of 2 which is taken from the 2000 novel adaption by the talented Greg Rucka (which I have not read)which is taken from the 1999-2000 Batman Crossover Story-Arc by the same name (which I have read almost of) is interesting, funny, thrilling, action-packed at times and generally close to its source material which told by both the Narrator and Barbara Gordon (AKA Oracle) and has good voice acting and sound effects and music as well and i recommend it for fans of Batman, This Story-Arc, Greg Rucka, and Barbara Gordon as well
Review for both parts by Cameron (Posted on 9/5/2018)
Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best pieces of Batman media out there. Incredible performances, brilliant writing, just superb. Truly “a movie in your mind”
Great by Jason (Posted on 8/25/2018)
I will admit first that Batman is one of my favorites. This first part of the story doesn't have a ton of Batman in it. However it still works very well. Barbara Gordon is one of the "narrators" to the story giving you all the information you need to know on how the story got to this point in the form of journals as a record of what happened(s). At the start of the story the city is in ruin and Batman is nowhere to be found. When he does come back into the story he has to start over with new tactics. So while there is not a lot of action and Batman is not in it for a good portion (compared to the second part) it's still good and interesting. The performance was great (voice acting, sound effects, and music)
GA's best Batman adaptation by ZJ (Posted on 8/12/2018)
This is one of a few essential Batman stories. Of all the DC titles GA has adapted, this one provided them with the best source material to work with. Greg Rucka’s novelization of his own work in the pages of the Batman monthlies over the course of one year is probably the best super hero novelization I’ve read to date.

A series of disasters in Gotham City, capped off by the massive earthquake known as the Cataclysm, has left the city in ruins. The rest of the U.S. has written Gotham off as a lost cause and voted it out of the union. Gotham City has become something akin to the New York City of Escape from New York. Numerous criminal factions, including those run by Penguin, Two-Face, and Black Mask, as well as some of Gotham’s street gangs are vying for control of the city. Batman is nowhere to be found. Jim Gordon, Sarah Essen, Renee Montoya, Harvey Bullock, and a rag-tag band of other GCPD officers who were either brave enough or foolish enough to stay in Gotham are fighting to maintain some sense of order and protect those unfortunate citizens who remained in Gotham because they could not afford to leave. Also involved in the fray are the former Batgirl turned Oracle, Barbara Gordon; her protege and the current Batgirl, Cassandra Cain; and the Huntress.

There is no shortage of conflict in this story. As the violent struggle among the gangs for territory escalates, a schism forms in the ranks of the Blue Boys, the rechristened remaining members of the GCPD, between those who still believe, or want to believe, in maintaining order and humanity at once and those who believe that order can only be held through brutality. Likewise, Oracle and Huntress have very different ideas about how to fight back against the criminals who all seek to reshape Gotham in their own respective images. Not least of all, against the backdrop of ruin and rising violence, Cassandra Cain struggles with herself over the person she wants to be and the person she was programmed to be before ever putting on the Batgirl uniform.

Though this story is confined to the territory of Gotham City, it covers much more terrain than just the physical area in which it takes place. It spans across the lives and through the minds of principle and secondary characters alike. In that way, No Man’s Land is an extremely character-driven story and is slow-paced, but it greatly rewards patience. It’s slowness is deliberate, insuring that the story is solidly constructed, and the story ends on a plateau that should leave any listener eager for the second half.

If my comments about things like the acting, music, and sound design of GA productions are repetitive, it’s only because the team consistently lives up to a high standard. This adaptation of No Man’s Land is no exception to that rule. I grew up in the 90s watching Batman the Animated Series and the voices of Kevin Conroy and Bob Hastings are the definitive voices of Batman and James Gordon, but the voices of Richard Rohan and James Konicek run a close second. Likewise, the performances of Karen Novack as Oracle, Julie-Ann Elliott as Montoya, and the performances of all other cast members are excellent. Between the skillfulness in storytelling, and the unwavering production values, No Man’s Land is easily the best of GA’s Batman adaptations.
Incredible! by Sofia (Posted on 8/10/2018)
Simply incredible. I loved the performances, especially Karen Novack as Oracle. Without giving much spoilers, my favorite parts were: the first time Oracle saw the new Batgirl (and had a conversation with Batman about it) and the whole situation involving the first contact between Cassandra and Batman. Two very intense moments.

Also, Harvey in love was kind of cute.

Anyway, highly recommended.
classic story by Chip (Posted on 8/10/2018)
I've been a fan of No Man's Land since it was originally announced in the comics. I have all of the comics, read the novel when it originally came out, and then found the GA production. It was my first entry into Graphic Audio, and it did not let me down.
The Real Batman by Derrick (Posted on 8/7/2018)
This novel was amazing. I've read the original, but this one with the audio effects and the actors, wow, It was worth listening to even though I knew everything that was going to happen. GraphicAudio does it again. I look forward to listening to the other books that I've read to see what GraphicAudio can amaze me with.
Wonderful adaptation! by Matthew Matthew (Posted on 7/8/2018)
Batman: No Man's Land is quite a story, and it was amazing to hear it in GraphicAudio! The acting is great, (especially The Joker), and the story was compeling!
Awesome by Kyle (Posted on 7/6/2018)
Not much to say other than perfect batman audio book.
Both Parts 1 and 2 are Excellent! by BRYAN (Posted on 4/11/2018)
You will not be disappointed with either parts 1 or 2 of this story. Its a very engrossing 10 hours- even more so if you are a Batman fanatic like me. The voices clearly are harkening to Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill of Animated Series, which is obviously never a bad thing. Lots of great apperances from the Bat-Family too. Great acting, great effects. Strongly recommend this 10 hour total epic.
Great by zach (Posted on 4/10/2018)
A year's worth of comics across multiple titles condensed into this but it's no less epic. Great!
A Batman's Fan Must! by David (Posted on 2/7/2018)
Amazing graphic audio. Great stories around all the big Batman villains and the different take on the Gordon-Batman relationship was absolutely superb. Just an awesome gritty Gotham story where the Dark Knight saves his city.
The Best!! by Deon (Posted on 12/26/2017)
I have loved comics ever since I could hold them. So naturally, any time I can get an audio adaption is even better. Batman No Man's Land is the absolute greatest DC comics audio i have heard since the BBC production of Batman Knightfall. The story spans two volumes and had me hanging on each one. I can't say enough how good this is and that it should be heard by enthusiast and casual fans alike. Great job GA team!
Batman No Man's Land YES YES YES by Theresa (Posted on 9/23/2017)
I thought it was great the way the story explained some things about batman and his history and others. I am a huge GA fan LOOOVE the music and the voices. Thank you for all the hard work done on these books. Could hardly wait to listen to the 2ND one.
Batman: No Man's Land 1 & 2 by Chris (Posted on 8/18/2017)
This was the first GA I ever listened to and it set the Bar Hi!!! have been looking for something like this for a long time! It's such an amazing story line with amazing voice actors. I can't say enough about this! Hats off to everyone who had a part in this one!!!!!!!
Blown. Away. by Anthony (Posted on 7/28/2017)
I have a 6 hour commute to work (don't worry I only commute once a month) and was looking for something to help pass the time. I came across NML on a bookshelf at my local bookstore and, with zero expectations (I am a Batman fan but have never read the comics this story is based on) I popped the first cd into my car.

Simply put, I was blown away. I felt transported back in time to the golden age of radio dramas. The production values all the way around were first rate. The narration and exposition are thorough without being clunky, and the acting reminded me mostly of the arkham video games, in the best possible way.

What intrigued me most was that, in part 1, the majority of the pov characters were females: Barbara Gordon, Renee Montoya, Cassandra Cain, etc. Ms. Gordon's VA in particular stole the show in my opinion, and her experience when she first encounters the new batgirl literally gave me goosebumps.

I suppose the biggest compliment I can give is this: by the time I got to the end of part 1, I was perfectly ready to turn around and drive another 6 hours so I could listen to part 2.
Perfection by Ryan (Posted on 7/21/2017)
What can I say other than that it really IS as good as everyone says it is. The production is flawless and the story is incredible.
While the story is the result of decades of history and long time bat-fans will be thrilled by all the characters and storylines from the bat-family's past, it's still accessible to newcomers. It's also great as an introduction to the audiodrama format. This was the first GA production I ever listened to and it's still the best.

Do yourself a favor and listen to this now!
Perfection! by Daniel (Posted on 6/30/2017)
As a frequent purchaser of GA productions, this is by far my favorite and I recommend this to others! It is absolutely fantastic; compelling and enthralling. The only thing that comes close is Part 2...which is also incredible! This is so good I've listed to the series multiple times.
Batman: No Man's Land (1 of 2): The Hero is missing by Sam (Posted on 5/24/2017)
Huge nine month cross over the Batman books in the original publication back in 1999. I read and love it then and enjoyed listening to this faithful adaptation. I highly recommend both volumes.

If you have not read the story this CD captures all the thrill and excitement as the Batman Family and Gotham Police Department bring back a fractured Gotham City from destruction and despair from a devastating earthquake.
Batman by Andrea (Posted on 12/20/2016)
I honestly wasn't sure if I would like this or not, but I decided to give it a try based on all the positive reviews. Well, it started off a little slow, but it did not take long to capture my interest! Before I even finished part 1, I was ready to get part 2. Great book, seriously! I really enjoyed it. I applaud the voice actors. Well done!
Just godda luv ol' Battsie... by Sheriff Scarlet (Posted on 11/15/2016)
Well, just who can't stay away from a good ol' Gotham story. It seems no point in re-typing the story line here. However, 'No Man's Land' is simply no exception to his legacy. It bears the typical marks of a story of that dark world which Wayne keeps under (moderate) control. The story is tight, with all the usually flamboyant coloured characters. The effect of Graphic Audio's 'A movie in your mind' goal certainly achieves the effect of allowing you to portrait a story within your mind in clarity.
Many thanks G/A..
Batman No Man's Land by Jeremy (Posted on 8/27/2016)
This has always been my 2nd favorite novel of all time. And it was my 1st GA book. I was blown away by the amazing talent of this team. They have done such an amazing job with this book and I listen to it over and over. This is their best Bat title. Do not pass this one up.
Dark, Multifaceted, and Gripping by Rob (Posted on 6/16/2016)
More than a Batman story, this is a great Gotham story, told from multiple points of view. Many characters get a chance to shine in this tale and it really makes Gotham feel like a real place, populated by fascinating people - good and bad. Terrific voice acting and sound design. Well done!
Yep by Bill (Posted on 3/18/2016)
Very good
Everything!!! by JOSEPH (Posted on 11/19/2015)
This story has everything I love about the whole bat-mythos
Started slow but picks up by Christopher (Posted on 11/15/2015)
Batman's absence and the amount of setup leads to a slow start, but it picks up and by the end I couldn't wait to start Part 2
good story by douglas (Posted on 11/8/2015)
this one had me hooked from the start
More Batman by Patrick (Posted on 9/26/2015)
I liked and understood why Batman was absent through most of this audio book but, like all stories more Batman is needed. That being said, the story arch for Commissioner Gordon and Oracle are full of exciting twist and turns. A fantastic beginning to an awesome story.

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