Publisher’s Summary: “City of Bane” begins! Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist—including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane’s program—and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least not the Batman anyone knows. It’s like someone has replaced the real Gotham City with a twisted funhouse-mirror version of it.
After breaking the Bat, Bane’s taken control of Gotham City, and, in Batman’s absence, he’s reshaped it in his vision; the villains have taken over, and there’s only one man who can stop them..and that man’s busy getting his groove back…
It’s taken quite some time for us to get here–more than seventy issues–but Tom King has successfully ushered us to the City of Bane; and, while I can’t say that I enjoyed every step of our journey to this place, i’m glad we’re here. This new Gotham City is as exciting as it is unsettling, and although I am eager for Batman’s inevitable rise, I’m looking forward to spending more time in this well-crafted nightmare.
Tony S. Daniel does a phenomenal job in rendering some of the most well-known figures in Batman’s rogues’ gallery throughout the issue. Each character feels fresh, yet familiar, and, although there isn’t a great deal of action in the issue, Daniel packs a great deal of energy into each and every page of Batman (2016-) #75.
The best is yet to come in this arc, regardless, “City of Bane” is off to a great start.
With Batman away, Gotham City has descended into darkness, and, with Bane standing at the helm, there’s no telling if the Dark Knight will rise and reclaim his city.