Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bane Conquest #1 Review

Story: Chuck Dixon / Graham Nolan
Art: Gregory Wright / Carlos M. Mangual

๐ŸŽถ So sit right back and you'll hear a tale ๐ŸŽถ 

Bane is heading out to the open sea to find someone that is trying to destroy Gotham. And that's how this story is set up. Seems like kind of a Batman-ish thing to do, but we'll go with it. So Bane and his couple of partners find a giant boat out on the water and Bane kills everyone on board. Then they realize that the boat is carrying plutonium warheads, which means there's someone back in Gotham trying to destroy the city. So Bane will work his way backwards through the crime organization to figure out who it is

And now .. I crush your skull! ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”จ 

Bane crushes some skulls and talks to his teddy bear that he's had since he was a baby. Eventually he finds a dude named Chango, who tells Bane to head over to Qurac. So Bane does that, attacks all the armed guards, and is taken down by some dude named Damocles.

The Sword of Damocles ๐Ÿ—ก️

Okay, so I did some research on Damocles in this issue, because it seemed like kind of a significant reveal. Damocles is a super villian from an alternate universe. He has a sword that can create energy constructs. And other than that, not a ton of information out there on him.

So how was it?  ๐Ÿค” 

The issue was good, albeit a little bit forced at times. I wasn't really sure what to expect from a Bane story and this one wasn't super dissapointing. It also wasn't super impressive either. I feel like the concept of Bane trying to save Gotham City is a little bit off to me. It just doesn't seem like something that the super villian would care about, so I'm a little bit confused on the motivation of our main protagonist here. I'm also confused on when this story arc is supposed to take place, but hopefully that will be revealed to us sometime in the future.

Sum it up! 

Watching Bane go out on the open sea, crush some skulls, and meet up with Damocles was fun, but I don't know if it's enough to carry a mini series. There was inklings of a Batman cameo in this book, so that might help down the line. The artwork was pretty good and Dixon is giving Bane a little more depth as a character along the way.

6.5 / 10

Ben DuPey | NCR

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