This was a tremendous issue.
That’s because it gave a chance for artists David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire to just go to town with this issue.
Everything is so gorgeous, from the huge, menacing, hulking Bane as he drops a beatdown on a very passive Batman (but Batsy has got a plan, so don’t worry). The fight is ugly, it’s brutal, and it’s glorious thanks to the art trio.
Tom King also does something that few have done in a while…he is making Bane relevant again and in the utterly, intellectually brutal way that Bane is meant to be. King reminds everyone that Bane really does live up to his name, but is also an actual person by fleshing out his backstory.
The mirroring of Bane and Batman was a bit cliche, but it worked (though if he avoided talking about the mother it would have been better ’cause it made me have traumatic flashbacks to that stupid moment in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).
What King really does exceptionally well is differentiate Bane from the other crazies that plague Batman and Gotham. The rant by Bane as he pulverizes Batman was excellent and some of the best descriptive writing ever.
The Catwoman intrusion felt weird…kind of wish we had a different character intervening, since it feels she would still be running away considering the previous arc.
A pretty good middle chapter for this arc, I really wonder what’s going to happen next. Four Thwips!