Batman #23.4

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Graham Nolan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 9
5.5Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

Batman is gone, and the inmates of Arkham Asylum are running wild in the streets! Bane is in Gotham City with one goal...to take it over no matter who he has to break!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 26, 2013

    An awesome cover is just icing on the cake with this issue. Legends like Nolan and superstars like Tomasi really deliver a great read for readers new and old alike. The greatest strength of the New 52 (even though it creates a bit of a conundrum and possibly even headache for continuity buffs), is the fact that the Batman characters, for the most part, did not change. Bane is one of those characters. If anything, he became more brutal. More devastating. And at his very core, more evil. I cant wait to see what he does next. And, of course, who he kills first. This is the crown jewel of the fourth and final week of Villains Month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 26, 2013

    This issue might have the casual reader rolling their eyes but, but if you're a fan of the hulking villain, Bane's standalone is just the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 6, 2013

    Once again, Readers Den has managed to secure a 3D issue for us. With their 3D issues going for R47, these comic books are selling fast! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 30, 2013

    Though the art betrayed the darkness of the story, Killer Croc's one-shot remains a favorite among the Villains Month releases. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 25, 2013

    As Bane prepares to invade Gotham in the hopes of capturing the troubled city for himself (sound familiar?), it's easy to feel a bit cheated when you reach the final page. Considering the issue's lackluster story, the continuation of it in Arkham War #1 feels more like a threat than a promise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Jacob Torres Sep 27, 2013

    Bane #1 simply spent too much time retreading things. Tomasis writing was strong and Nolans art was a treat, but it felt like something youd already read before, because most of it you already had. This was definitely an enjoyable. If youre new to DC or havent been keeping up with Banes appearances in Talon Id strongly recommend picking this up. If youre a longtime fan, however, Id suggest giving it a read if you can. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 28, 2013

    This was an enjoyable issue but nothing special, having a little too much set-up work for the upcoming Arkham War series. It did however have some excitement as well as a lot of depth, but it didn't really do Bane justice, quickly summarising his origin, and not showing him in much action. Due to this I'd only recommend this to anyone who's either that big of a Bane fan that they can't miss it, anyone who's considering getting Arkham War, or anyone who has spare cash and is looking for something half decent to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 25, 2013

    I'll be honest, I liked this issue a lot more when I initially read it, then I started flipping through it again to do this post, and I realized that it feel into the same trap that many of these other issues fell into, and that's being generally enjoyable, yet pretty empty when you actually look at it from some distance. If you're interested in Arkham War, maybe look into it, but I can tell you right now that it's basically just Bane setting out for Gotham once again, and that's about it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Sep 25, 2013

    Bane's issue has all of the ingredients that should make me love it. Bane's my favorite villain, Graham Nolan provides the visuals and I really dig a lot of Peter J. Tomasi's work (I can't praise his opening BATMAN AND ROBIN story enough). Unfortunately, when all was said and done, I ended up feeling like the issue was just covering the basics and never really doing anything more than that. It randomly throws in Bane's origin story for those who don't know him well and everything else leading up to ARKHAM WAR plays out basically how you'd expect it to. It's not a bad comic -- it just doesn't really do much to make it standout, either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    WhatCulture - Costandinos Karalis Sep 27, 2013

    Batman and Robin #23 (or Batman and Nightwing #23) was a really good issue and helped some readers come to terms with Damian's death. If next month's issue is anything like that, you can expect a great review. Stay tuned for more! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 25, 2013

    It's an alright read if you're unfamiliar with the character, but I think most Batman fans will give this issue a rather lukewarm reception. Those who are heavily into continuity will find the numerous discrepancies between Bane #1 and Forever Evil #1 to be incredibly frustrating. Like many Villains month books, it's a good time for those who are just meeting these characters for the first time, but longtime fans will likely shrug Bane #1 off as a filler episode. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 26, 2013

    Batman #23.4 is not a great book.  Peter Tomasi's script doesn't give us much at all to enjoy here.  We get Bane's rehashed origin story and a lame lead up to Arkham War.  The art of Graham Nolan is great but can't make up for the lack of any real story here.  I'd rather punch a little girl than read this again. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 25, 2013

    Graham Nolan does a good job on art, but nothing to write home about. With so much exposition the script isn't doing him any favors, and while the story is clear and easy to follow, there really isn't much action to speak of. Namely it's dull because the script is dull. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Sep 26, 2013

    Bane doesn't fare well in this Villains Month Issue. Thank god it's almost October Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 25, 2013

    This is hard for me to recommend for anyone, except for die hard fans of the character. Enjoying the artwork of Graham Nolan again is a treat, yet it is fascinating to wonder why Tomasi brought such a subpar script to this story. Flip through this for the pictures, avoid the words. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 28, 2013

    A rather pointless kind of read, largely devoid of the complexities that make Bane such a great character and Tomasi such an admired writer. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Sep 26, 2013

    Villains Month had its moments, but Im glad to see it leave. Bane is a shining example of some of the mediocrity that this gimmick brought us. As a huge DC fanboy, I would love to see DC focus on creating incredible content instead of crappy covers and shorting stores to create scarcity. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    This issue must have a few tubes missing because Bane was feeling weak! Read Full Review

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