Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bane: Conquest #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

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Written By: Chuck Dixon
Art By: Graham Nolan, Gregory Wright, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 2, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When this strange Maxi series pops up each month it really throws me off because where I loved Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan in the 90's, that that era has come and gone and trying to bring it back here just seems forced.......... which also seems weird to me because I'm stuck in the past and usually love that shit.  So yeah, Bane: Conquest has been a reviewer cliche for me, where it's been a roller coaster ride of emotions because where I wasn't too hip on the first or third issue, I found myself really digging the second.  Hopefully that trend continues here as we see what Bane has planned for the cybernetic inch worm of a man: Dionysus and what that character's criminal empire of information will do for our venom-ed up main character.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins on the road to Russia, where Bane and his crew are going to find out what kind of facilities and power Dionysus really has at his command, but it seems that we're not through with guest stars being thrown at us because Catwoman is also in Russia, where she's captured by the police, who seem to want to use Selena, rather than incarcerate her.  Yeah, we've got a bunch of families and gangs who are in power in this story and the police want Catwoman's help in infiltrating the Kaluga Vor and leaving behind a eavesdropping device, but wouldn't you know it, Bane is going after the Kalug Vor too.

Yeah, after Bane, Trogg, Bird, Zombie and Dionysus show up and inspect their new lair, Bane goes and has his buttons pushed by Dionysus, when the half-pint monster man beats him in a game of chess and the two decide to see which is really better in a situation, brains or brawn.  This leads to Dionysus saying that he'd be able to take out the Kaluga Vor using his contacts and information before Bane would be able to take them down using his strength alone.

In the end, after Bane infiltrates the Kaluga Vor apartment building, we see that Dionysus isn't about playing fair and probably wants a little payback for being transported halfway around the world in a cat carrier and alerts the authorities to Bane's location, saying that there's a terrorist cell there, but it doesn't really matter because Catwoman has made herself known to Bane as well and to say hello, she sets off the security alarms......... So yeah, Bane seems double fucked.

That's it for this issue of Bane: Conquest and where I was hoping that this series was like the Star Trek movie series in that only the even numbered installments were good, I found myself bored to tears during this issue and feeling like I was missing a lot of what was going on because I didn't know certain Russian terms for things and hell, even with Bane's Spanish, I felt lost, but I can't really be upset at a book because I'm not worldly enough, it was just a bit of a hindrance to me when reading this issue and the real flaw in this issue is that Bane doesn't come off smart at all here and really just wants to flaunt his physical power.  I still love the art in this book and will always dig Graham Nolan's style, but the story just is treading along, while I just think how many more issues I have until this series is over.

Bits and Pieces:

Where I was hoping that this series would finally pick up now that it seems we have the catalyst for the "Conquest" angle to this book, instead we see Bane playing games and losing at them, while we try to figure out Russian terms and slang.  This issue just isn't that interesting and while I continue to love the art in this book, the story already feels like it's gone on too long.



  1. Maybe a trade paperback issue would be more suitable for this story.

  2. I hate that they're treating Bane like some sort of dumb brute. The thing about Bane that made him so interesting is that as well as being a physical powerhouse he's also an intellectual one too.