Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1

Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Scott Eaton, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 30, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 4
5.9Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

The title says it all! FOREVER EVIL is over! Now, Batman has returned to take Gotham City back by force! The only thing standing in his way? BANE! Get ready for the grudge match of the year!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 1, 2014

    The finale to one aspect of the Forever Evil mega event. I loved it, excluding the fact that it came out a little bit ahead of (or behind?) schedule. That being said, it doesn't really change or ruin the ending of the main event series. DC did that all on their own with Previews this week. But that is not the point. The point is that Eaton and Tomasi deserve their own ongoing book about the inner-workings of Arkham Asylum. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Apr 30, 2014

    If you saw the cover of the issue and exclaimed, "YES!" then odds are you'll be pretty pleased. Basically, Tomasi gives us exactly what we were expecting: Batman's return and a big brawl with Bane. It's not one of the most elaborate fights around, but it's straightforward, savage, and a damn good time. If you simply want to enjoy a slugfest and see Gotham slowly return to its status quo, it's safe to say you'll be happy with this one. Expect anything more than that and you'll probably finish the read feeling pretty mediocre about it. So, do yourself a favor: shut off your brain and enjoy the punches. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen May 1, 2014

    These two elements make Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1 a better comic that it should be, even though it remains void of an emotional anchor (save for the happiness of Gothamites upon Batman's return). Unfortunately, readers knew Batman would survive Forever Evil, even without reading the final chapter. Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1 is nothing more than an action comic " entertaining, but offering little outside the imagery. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 30, 2014

    This comic is the equivalent of Roddy Piper and Keith David duking it out over putting on a pair of sunglasses in "They Live", but not nearly as much fun.  At most this could of been an interesting discussion between Jim Gordon and Batman about how Batman took back Gotham from Bane, but as a comic it's really not worth the $3.99 cover price, unless all you expect is a slug fest, and if that's the case then buy away.   Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 1, 2014

    The storytelling flaws here are frustrating, because occasionally it seems like Tomasi does have a great handle on Bane. This issue is at its best early on, when Bane is patrolling his city, dealing with looters the Old Testament way, and meting out his peculiar version of justice and mercy. Both this issue and Arkham War could have been great with a more introspective and cerebral approach. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 1, 2014

    As with the initial issue of "Forever Evil: Arkham War," there just isn't enough here for me to sink my teeth in to. Batman is fighting Bane again, only this time in a one-shot, so the tension is deflated almost immediately. Bane, like Doomsday for Superman, was once the ultimate foe for Batman. Now, he's just another nutjob with a different gimmick on a rotation to engage in fisticuffs with the Dark Knight. At least I know I can find memorable Batman tales from Tomasi in "Batman and Robin" each month to help balance out the forgettable adventure presented here. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III May 1, 2014

    What starts out as an interesting take on a story about a new protector of Gotham City quickly devolves into a punch fest of little consequence. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 3, 2014

    Batman against Bane seems like something we might see a lot, but that probably isn't really the case. This is a good one-shot to pick up and check out if you like a good fight. I can't say the book is anything above average or even memorable but it does provide a level of entertainment. Proceed with caution the four dollar book. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 15, 2014

    KOOM! WHAAM! NAARGHH! FRAMMM! That about sums up Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane #1. This one-shot prologue to Arkham War sees Batman defeat Bane and catch any other remaining bad guys effortlessly. There are no consequences to be found, even in the action. It's just a foregone conclusion that Batman's going to win and can't be stopped. He takes some incredible hits, but shows no injuries or the slightest signs of fatigue. The story gives you nothing to think about. It's all about the big fight scene, which isn't terrible. The book was better than expected, but still nothing I would ever go out of my way to read again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Watsonian May 1, 2014

    This book is strong on action and little else. If you can get passed the way in which (SPOILER ALERT) Batman defeats Bane, then you may enjoy this book. The ending, albeit predictable, is a nice little ribbon of irony tied on to the gift that is the approaching end of Forever Evil. Yet, somehow, this book seems like it could have been skipped entirely. One take away is that this book leads to yet more inconsistencies with Bane in the New 52, further overexposing him as well. Heres hoping hes left on the sidelines for a few years until someone comes up with a good story for him. Been a while since that happened. Read Full Review

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