Monday, March 17, 2014

Forever Evil: Arkham War #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Scot Eaton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 5, 2014

The Dark Bane Rises

Well it's St. Patrick's Day, and I have work tomorrow, so that's a no go for the inebriated loco.  Which means I have time tonight to catch up on Arkham War, finally because it's embarrassingly late.  Don't worry people after this we'll be all caught up, (with the exception of ARGUS, but don't ruin my moment) and ready for the final issue when it comes out.  Last issue Bane tangoed with an army of Talons, or a large group of them, you decide on what constitutes an army.  Bane took them down, and their regenerative abilities would wipe out the mind control Scarecrow had whammied them with.  In the end Scarecrow dupes all the Arkhamites into inhaling his aerosol venom, (this particular version of venom will be very limited) and the crazies go out to give Bane some of his own medicine.  Let's check out what happens next.

Explain It!:

Bane sheds his Batsuit to spend a little time bandaging up all his wounds he received from the Talon attack.  But he won't have long to relax.  The venomed out Arkhamites are making their move on Blackgate Prison.  The fight is quick, and it seems that Arkham finally has the upper hand.  Scarecrow signals for Man-Bat, who swoops in picks up Bane, and flies him off.  Bane has had enough, he'll let them take him wherever they want, just so this war finally ends.

As you could expect, Man-Bat drops him off in front of Arkham Asylum.  The rest of the Arkhamites soon follow by helicopter, and fighting continues.  Don't worry though, Bane knows their secret about the short life span of Scarecrow's venom.  So he fights the good fight (just like the best Canadian rock band, Triumph) and just waits the venom out, until finally he is the last man standing.  Before Bane can do any serious damage to the crazies beginning their withdrawal, Penguin shows up to strike another deal.

Now that Bane has won, Penguin wants to stock Bane up with anything his men and him will need, in exchange for the Arkhamites.  Bane agrees to his terms, with one exception, he keeps Scarecrow.  In the end Bane strings up Scarecrow, dresses in his outfit from The Dark Knight Rises, and decides after all of this, that he doesn't want to leave Gotham and set his sights on the rest of the world...............  Even though that was the plan from the beginning, and just seems like a major cop out, now that we've gone through all the war games.  But it is what it is, I guess I'll just have to wait and see how it all ends.  But come on!  He has the army, the Talons, and all he wants to do is dress like Tom Hardy, and look upon his destroyed city....... Come on.

Bits and Pieces:

So like the last battle plan that fell on it's face, this new strategy to beat Bane actually falls further on it's face.  Does that make sense?  About as much sense as Scarecrows battle plans.  With one issue left, I don't really see this mini going anywhere good, and can't believe a story about all the Gotham baddies can actually leave a bad taste in my mouth.  Oh well, I'll have to wait till the last issue to pass a total judgement on this series, but it seems that each issue keeps letting me down, more and more.


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