Sunday, November 17, 2013

Forever Evil: Arkham War #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 13, 2013

Banes, And Penguins, And Man-Bats, Oh Shit.

Continuing the Forever Evil side story I was looking forward to the most.  Bane's raising an army, and all of the Arkham inmates will feel his might.  Or we'll side peddle till the last issue, find out here if this shatters my expectations and leaves me crying for a Arkham War we deserve.  So join me in Arkham War #2.

Explain It!:

We begin this story with Bane's forces trying to take out the resistance in Man-Bat's sector.  But what they didn't count on was for Kirk Langstrom to give people his Man-Bat serum as well, but what they really didn't count on was for these Man-Bats to have automatic weapons.  Man-Bat 1 Bane 0.

In another part of the city, The Penguin meets up with Bane.  The two discuss their future working relationship.  Since we see now that Penguin is playing both sides of this war.  Bane expects him to keep up appearances with the Arkhamites, and when the time is right betray them.  Penguin agrees, but in return he wants one of Bane's newly acquired men from Blackgate Prison; Emperor Penguin.  Bane agrees to these terms as well, and the two are about to part ways, when Penguin let's a little knowledge bomb on Bane due to their new found friendship.  Apparently during this meeting, Scarecrow, and the rest of the Arkham inmates are raiding Blackgate prison to take Banes advantage away.  They're transporting the statis pods of the Talons out of Banes hands.  Bane is furious, and almost takes these frustrations out on Penguin, but calmer heads prevail.  Bane leaves Penguin to go defend his stronghold.  Now that Penguin is done with that meeting, he walks over to a van parked on the road, and opens the door.  Inside Commissioner Gordon, and Officer Pierce were attempting a secret stakeout of the two villain's meeting.  So much for that.  Man the Penguin is on top of this city, I vote for him to win this war, I don't think that's the way it works but I'll still vote for him.  But back to the busted stakeout, Penguin tells the two officers, that the temp Warden of Blackgate is still alive, and gives them away to rescue her, during the battle for Blackgate.

Inside Blackgate Prison chaos explodes, as the city's worst criminals, and biggest psychotics have a Hunger Games scenario without all the teen angst.  Outside by the loading dock Scarecrow is securing the freeze tubes that keep the Talon's in their big sleep.  The Man-Bat gang is harnessed up, and breaking off into teams of two to haul each tube to Mr. Freeze's labs.  But what they didn't expect was for Bane to come a runnin, and ruin their day.  The Man-Bats take flight with their cargo, but Langstrom is too slow, Bane grabs him breaking one of his wings, and keeps at least one of his Talons.

During the frenzy Gordon, and Pierce make their way into Blackgate dressed as inmates, and free the warden.  They make their escape, in an antique police car that wasn't affected by the worldwide blackout.  As they make their way out, they are stopped by Bane, who gives the warden her assistant back, claiming that they temporarily want the same thing.  Bane's playing the angles now too.

Bits and Pieces:

We get a lot of action in this issue, but not a lot of substance.  Besides for a conversation between Bane, and The Penguin, we are given no new information to keep this story moving forward.  But I really have a hard time faulting this title for anything, because it's just an awesome concept, and the artwork has the ability to give your eyes an orgasm.  With two issues down, and four to go I'm sure it'll come to a head in a big way, and I can't wait.


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