Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bane: Conquest #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

The Enemy of My Enemy

Written By: Chuck Dixon
Art By: Graham Nolan, Gregory Wright, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 7, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I wasn't too hip on the first issue of this year long series because of not knowing what it really was, like if this was taking place in current continuity or if it was picking up from Chuck Dixon's 90's run of Batman or what, I do have to say that I remain optimistic that this will be something that I'll eventually get into because old Chucky boy was my favorite DC writer back in the day and I wouldn't want to think he lost a step or anything like that.  Anyway, in our first issue we saw Bane go through Gotham, looking for answers as to who was bringing a shit load of weapons into the city.  Eventually, after killing and beating a bunch of people, he was given the name Damocles, which led him to.......... Well, it led him to an ass whoopin'.  Yeah, Bane jumped the gun going after Damocles and Damocles showed us that he's no one to trifle with.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Bane's fate will be now that his venom is taken away from him and he's at the mercy of this Conquest villain.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Bane still putting up a fight against Damocles, who is just trash talking with every punch he throws and lands on our big bad hero of this book, but after Bane proves that he's no chump and knocks Damocles on his ass, playtime is over and Damocles orders the brute brought down.  Once Bane comes to, he finds himself in a prison, which initially seems a lot like Pena Duro, but comes across way more modernized and it even comes with a kind of friend......... or at least someone who will help Bane escape.  I'm talking about Batman, or for this issue Bruce Wayne, who we find out was on Damocles trail as well before being ambushed and put in the prison like Bane is now.  It's actually pretty cool seeing the two together and watching them be able to share a laugh about all the hell they've put each other through, but all the hardy har hars don't last for long because it's time for a little Shawshank Redemption............ or, just a smash through the wall and watch Bane kill everybody........... redemption.  

In the end, after Bane is tortured just to try and break him down, Bruce and him work together to make their way to the central command of the prison, as Bane is shooting everyone he sees and eventually, the two come across their costumes and promise each other that when they get out of their current situation, they will indeed be enemies again.  Yeah, this seems really simple, but it's fun and we get an idea that Damocles isn't the biggest bad of them all in this book and Bane's going rip through Damocles to get to whoever is pulling his strings.

That's it for this issue of Bane: Conquest and while it is a fast read that is mostly Bane and Bruce sitting in a prison, with intermediate flashbacks to Bane as a boy, this issue was actually a lot of fun and I don't know if it was simply because Bruce was in this issue that created a lot of tension/hilarious scenes, but if that was the reason, I hate to see him leave because he's exactly what this series needed after the not so stellar first issue.  The art in this issue was fun and I'm happy as hell to tell you that I'm actually looking forward to the next issue because if it keeps up this pace, this may be a really great ride.

Bits and Pieces:

I was surprised with how much fun I had reading this issue for as straight forward and quick as it was, but we had great interactions, it furthered the story and had fun art all the way through.  Hopefully the series continues on feel that this issue had because if that's the case, this throwback type series may just become something that I look forward to every month.  


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