"City of Bane" begins! Bane's minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist-including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane's program-and Batman is nowhere to be found. At lea...
"City of Bane" begins! Bane's minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist-including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane's program-and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least not the Batman anyone knows. It's like someone has replaced the real Gotham City with a twisted funhouse-mirror version of it. Meanwhile, the real Bruce Wayne is on a spiritual quest to regain his fighting spirit after his showdown with his father in the desert. Can the people of Gotham hold on until their protector is strong enough to come to their rescue? Plus, what does Lex Luthor's scheming mean for Gotham City when Bane and the villains are already in control? This extra-sized anniversary issue kicks off a new multi-part storyline that ties together all the threads of the first 74 issues of Tom King's epic BATMAN run!
There are a lot of bones in King’s Batman closet at this point. He desperately needs ‘City of Bane’ to deliver and complete his Batman run on a high note. But so far Tom Kings only introduced two things to Batman he can call his own. A Low T take on the character and Gotham Girl. Not the kind of legacy any writer wants to leave behind. On the bright side, the last four pages of Batman #74 are excellent. Can King save his Batman reputation with mega-hyped ‘City of Bane’?
I’m a big fan of Tony Daniels. His visuals are a welcome change to Mikel Janin who, while very good, grew stale on Batman the past few issues. I really appreciate Tony Daniels smooth line art. He’s great at making characters feel engaged in his scenes. Something I personally think Janin struggles with. I like the page in the Batcave with Flashpoint Batman and the Ventriloquist. Everything is framed perfectly. The establishing shot flows seamlessly into the character interactions.
It’s been for-damn-ever since the last time we've seen the Batmobile in the pages of Batman. The Batmobile is one of the best supporting characters in Batman lore and was i..