The more we get into the “I am Bane” story arc the more I love what Tom King is doing here. Sure there are issues that are lulls in the action department, but they all have substance in their own ways. This being the fourth issue into the story we still haven’t seen the full Batman vs Bane fight. However, King is laying out an epic tale in the mythos of Batman and Bane.
We see King quoting Dante’s Inferno when Bane enters Arkham Asylum, signifying his journey that he will take to get to Batman. Bane goes through Arkham seeing the likes of Two-Face, Solomon Grundy, Amygdala, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze and more. This is his trial, in order to get to Batman he has to go through them all, fight his way to the top. Along the way explaining how he was done with it all and Batman had to take Pirate away. Bringing this all upon himself.
Finally reaching Batman, we see Tom King use quote from The Argument of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell as Batman and Bane square off for their final fight. Once again showing the thin veil between good and evil, how the same circumstances created two men so different yet so similar. This has been a theme for this whole arc, with Tom King really hitting it home on this issue.
David Finch is doing some of his best work to date in my opinion on this title. His pencils are crisp and astounding. With help from Scott, Hope, Miki, and Bellaire on inks and colors this is some of the best Batman art since the New 52 run of Greg Capullo, that is no small feat. This story really lends itself to Finch’s style of dark and gritty, this is the perfect pairing of story and art.
While each issue has it’s ups and downs, with lulls here and there the overall story so far is solid. This will make for a great read in trade form while reading it in the issue format can be a bit frustrating. Either way I am still hooked and looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch, Trevor Scott, Sandra Hope, Danny Miki, Jordie Bellaire, Deron Bennett
Published by DC
Release Date: March 1st, 2017