[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Tom King
Pencils: David Finch
It’s Batman vs. Bane with the fate of not only Bruce’s allies, but all of Gotham City hangs in the balance! Can Batman defeat Bane one on one? Or will this be the last night of The Batman?
King comes out swinging in this issue and I absolutely love it! Soon as the page is opened we’re immediately thrown into the fight between Batman and Bane, all while Bruce is recollecting his thoughts over the last few weeks. Bruce has been through a lot in his fight against Bane for the last few issues, and King does a great job of bringing that up. He reminds you just how high the stakes are in this issue, and he also reminds you just how important Batman is to the preservation of Gotham.
I have nothing negative to say about this issue. I actually read it twice just so I could try to find a negative! That’s how good this issue is. David Finch lends a hand to the awesomeness of this issue with great art as well. Each blow between the two foes is given with great detail as we see a bloody and tattered Batman still giving his all against his lifetime foe.
This book to me will go down as a classic in the matches between Bane and Batman. King did a wonderful job of increasing the stakes in each issue, as we saw Bane and Batman play mental games with other as well throughout the entire series! I’ve stated before I’ve always hated whenever Bane was written as a simple “monster.” To me he’s way more than that and we see it all here in this series and makes it great read.
Correction: This review previously mentioned Chris Priest and credited him with writing this book. It has been updated to give proper credit to Tom King.