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This comic takes place during the time that Gotham was declared to no longer be part of the United States, after an outbreak of plague, an earthquake and the standard constant supervillains attacks just cause Congress (with some prodding from Azrael villain Nick Scratch and lobbyists working for Lex Luthor) to say that rebuilding the city would be just too expensive. So they told the citizens of the City to get out and move elsewhere, Bludhaven for example, or they'll be trapped inside there along with the Joker and Co. when they seal it off from the rest of the country.

Some people chose to stay though, because they had no where else to go, because they thought that it would be a great adventure or they thought that it would be a great opportunity. One of those who decided hang around was Alfred, who thought that just because Bruce Wayne happened to disappear after failing to convince the government to not abandon his city that SOMEONE had to help the people there.

The frame device of the story is Alfred attempting to entertain a bunch of kids with a story about a Squire (basically himself) who is attempting to use his skills to help people while awaiting for his Knight (guess who) to come back. But despite Alfred basically saying that he'd been able to help a lot of people using his skills as a medic, spy and actor, a kid with horrible 90's hair indignantly says that the "Squire" sucks because he isn't out being exciting and beating up bad guys like a proper hero.

This being in the pre-Damian DCU, Alfred only puts up with a bit of the kid's kvetching before telling of the one time that the Squire actively tried to copy his master's role,

Date: 2012-04-25 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jaysonbyron
I've never read the whole of the earthquake event, but a lot of the bits and pieces I HAVE read have all been pretty good. Gonna look into getting my hands on the whole shebang.

Date: 2012-04-25 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
You're in luck--they recently started re-releasing the trades after many of them being out of print. Volume 1 came out in December and Volume 2 a few weeks ago.

Date: 2012-04-25 06:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jcbaggee
No Man's Land was a really great idea that didn't overstay it's welcome. Definitely worth reading.

Date: 2012-04-25 01:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraesil
Batty looks positively scary in that last page there.

Date: 2012-04-25 04:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
I can just hear him screaming "My Parents Are DEEEAAAD!"

Date: 2012-04-26 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] shadur
Actually, in this case it's more an expression of "Get away from my surrogate father RIGHT NOW and what I'll do to you will /merely/ hurt a lot."

Date: 2012-04-29 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gerardotejada
I can hear him saying "oh no, you are not about to do that to MY DAD"

Morrison has that hearth touching scene when batmans says Dad to Alfred.

I loved this arc, It gave us a lot of clasic characters.

Date: 2012-04-25 05:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] coldfiredragon

Date: 2012-04-25 06:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lascoden
Who was it that said that Alfred was Batman's Batman?

Date: 2012-04-25 08:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lascoden
Wait, "batman" is an actual title?

Date: 2012-04-25 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lascoden
Oh my god, how did I not know this? The extent of my knowledge of the British Armed Forces is that lieutenant is pronounced leftenant. That makes even more sense now, like a double meaning. Cool. Thanks for the info.

Date: 2012-04-26 09:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraesil
You forgot "Colonel is pronounced Kernal".

Date: 2012-04-26 09:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraesil
Wait, and these two just happen to be unrelated, or is one based on the other?

Date: 2012-04-26 11:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eyz
Hey!...I never saw this in my No Man's Land tpbs!!! >__


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