Art By: Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza, Allen Martinez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 11, 2013
The Big Bad Bat
Oh man, it's Bane's Blackgate brawlers, versus the amorous Arkham assassins. As far as alliteration goes that might not be the best, but hey a fights going down! Clayface gets frozen by Emperor Penguin (Blackgate), But then he gets wrapped up in Poison Ivy's venomous vines. It seems like it's all over for Emperor Penguin, until Bane shows up and proves that he has no qualms in hitting a woman. Oh god it's brutal. Even though Emperor Penguin is apparently saved, I don't think he's going to remain grateful. Bane knocks him out, and takes him to the Penguin. If you remember Bane made a deal with the Penguin, the Penguin would give Bane information about the loose crazies of Arkham, in exchange for Emperor Penguin being brought before him. Deal done, and I wouldn't want to be Emperor Penguin anytime in the near future. Now that Penguin's all paid up, Bane wants information about Scarecrow, and his Talons that were stolen from him. Penguin tells Bane that Scarecrow is at Wayne Tower (which we know isn't the true anymore now that Croc runs the Tower), but nobody is afraid of Bane, and all his physical intimidation isn't anything to someone who has lived in Gotham with Batman around. Bane is not amused. Batman is what puts the fear into these nut jobs, huh? Well this gives Bane an idea. He goes back to Blackgate, and starts working on resurrecting Batman. On the rooftops Bane dawns a Batman cowl, and screams to the heavens "Batman Lives!"
Bits and Pieces:
Being a Batman fan it isn't hard to fall in love with a title like this. Watching all our favorite villains going at it, is a fanboy dream come true. But being midway through I'm starting to get a little bored. There are some great visuals in this book, and a lot of WTF moments, which make me squeal like a six year old girl. Maybe I'm a little impatient and want everything now, I don't know, but this is a fun book, and you should check it out, because from what I see, it can only get more exciting for here on out.