Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mitch Gerards, Clay Mann, Trevor Scott, Sandra Hope Publisher: DC Comics Trade Paperback: August 30, 2017, $16.99 Issues: 7, Issue Reviews: 595
8.6Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

The man who has physically tested the Dark Knight like no one before is back to finally break the Bat for good. Can a battered, exhausted Batman fend off one of his greatest foes? Plus, catch up with Catwoman as she and the Dark Knight battle a collection of villains and plan for the future! Collects BATMAN #16-20, 23 and 24.

Rating Collected Issues Reviews
Batman #16 25
Batman #17 29
Batman #18 29
Batman #19 22
Batman #20 28
Batman #23 29
Batman #24 34
  • 7.0
    blackmanta221 Mar 7, 2018

    Bane is easily one of my favorite DC comics villains, so it's no wonder I rushed out to buy this despite not reading the first 2 volumes. With a quick google search or two, I was all set to go. And what I noticed, is that while Tom King seems to have the characterizations of most the characters down, the one person who he seems to have the hardest time writing is Batman himself. King's portrayal of the Bat-family, and the Bat-Breaker himself are phenomenal, but Batman comes off as a charismatic, edgy asshole. But I digress.

    The main plot is rather thin for a 5-issue arc, but it does the job, and gives us a kick-ass Batman Vs Bane story. King draws a lot of parallels between Batman and Bane's childhoods, and it works very well, and proves why Bane is as great a foil to Batman as the Joker. Issue 19 is sure to make any Bane fan giggle with joy. However, the end of the arc falls short, with an anticlimactic ending, and lots of questions left unanswered, and leaving the bulk of the story feeling wholly unimportant. The book ends with a great Batman/Swamp Thing team up story, but has a similar ending problem as the main Bane story does. I'm still satisfied with my purchase for the abundance of Batman Vs Bane stuff, but I just wish there was something more. Something.

  • 10
    Gotham's Guardian Sep 2, 2017

  • 9.5
    Grifter Sep 6, 2017

  • 8.5
    Louis Feb 26, 2018

  • 6.5
    Dan Sep 29, 2017

  • 2.5
    MKW69 Aug 29, 2017

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