Bane, the venom-fueled, beast of a man who once Broke The Bat, is back in a new and exciting, twelve-issue series, Bane: Conquest, which, since it is being written and illustrated by his co-creators, Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (respectively), promises to be a fan favorite. Bane: Conquest #1 is a solid debut issue, but it will leave fans feeling torn.
“The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.”
I say that readers/fans will leave this issue feeling torn because the Bane that Dixon and Nolan give us is much different than the Bane that say Mitch Gerards and Tom King gave us in the “I Am Bane” arc of Batman, and whether readers will be fond of Bane: Conquest #1 depends on which Bane they prefer. Then again, regardless of which Bane is your Bane, this is still a very good—very entertaining comic book.
Bane: Conquest #1 is packed with action, and its straightforward, easy-to-digest plot makes this book easy to enjoy. Having Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan working on this series adds to its credibility, and provides a certain nostalgia that long-time fans will appreciate.
My only complaint about the issue is that it doesn’t feel (for me) that the Bane I’m reading about is both a physical and intellectual match for Batman. Time have changed quite a bit, the tough have gotten tougher and the intelligent have gotten more intelligent. Perhaps introducing this series so soon after the release of the “I Am Suicide” and “I Am Bane” arcs wasn’t the best idea.