Review: Bane: Conquest #5

by Joshua Raynor
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Chuck Dixon

Artist: Graham Nolan



It’s Bane vs. Catwoman—the rematch! Sure, they’ve got a common enemy, and they might be better off working together…but nothing gets under Bane’s skin quite like Catwoman’s claws.


As with all of the issues in this series so far, the art is one of the best parts.  Graham Nolan is a fantastic artist, and the way he draws these characters brings life to every page.

I loved the addition of Catwoman to this story.  First we got Bane teamed with Bruce Wayne, and now we got Bane teamed with Selina Kyle, and unlikely pairing.  I always enjoy seeing her pop up in books, and I can’t wait to see what she does next in this series, and how Bane will deal with her and how she almost screwed up everything for him and his crew.

Another thing I’d like to mention is how much use Bane’s henchmen got in this issue.  This is the most we got from them over the five current issues.  The relationship between Bane and his three lackeys is something you don’t see very often.  There is mutual respect there, and with that respect comes the necessary loyalty to keep a tight knit crew like this together.


I wasn’t really a fan of the Russian characters in this issue.  Their dialogue was awkward and choppy.  This would make sense if they were speaking broken English, but all of their dialogue was translated from Russian, which, to me, means it should have sounded like normal speech.


Overall, this was a pretty good issue, which is obviously leading to something bigger.  Dionysus will hopefully be dealt with next issue, allowing Bane to move on to taking over Gotham for his own.


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