Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Batman #20

"I am Bane" comes to a close with a bloody final issue as Batman and Bane square off in Arkham Asylum. Filled with narration and flashbacks filling in he events which led Batman to this final stand, the issue recounts why Batman has been willing to risk so much to see Gotham Girl restored, and why nothing will stand in his way to see that happen.

Batman #20 is a pretty brutal issue with Batman and Bane fighting to a near stand-still, and explaining the Dark Knight Detective's recent loses to Bane. Eventually Batman comes out on top and prevents Bane from recovering the Psycho-Pirate and making good his threats to rain destruction down on Gotham City and all who Bruce Wayne holds dear. It's a satisfying, if not altogether pleasant conclusion to the arc (although the mother/son theme isn't very effective).

With Bane defeated, the Flash shows up next issue to begin the investigation into a blood-stained button and the secrets lurking behind Rebirth and the shitstorm known as the New 52. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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