Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bane: Conquest #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Kobra: Conquest

Written By: Chuck Dixon
Art By: Graham Nolan, Gregory Wright, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 6, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to check back in on Bane and see how his Conquest of the world...... or more importantly, his conquest on the criminal underground is doing, especially now that he's set Kobra in his sights.  Previously, we saw our title character going after the reincarnated Naja-Naja, after the previous one went and had himself an unfortunate accident.  With that, Bane hopes to keep Kobra unbalanced with no leadership, but Bane went and met his match....... Well, really, it seems that any woman who talks a little sweet to him in this series is his match because Valentina, a Kobra specialist got the drop on Bane and has him surrounded by Kobra agents while she took control of the Naja-Naja.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Bane's next move is and if he'll survive his own Maxi-Series.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Bane doing all that he can to regain the Naja-Naja, but even after Trogg and Bird knock Kobra's stealth jet out of play....... by driving a van full of explosives into it, Valentina still got away with the baby, leaving Bane to lick his wounds and ponder his next move in this criminal chess match.  

Too bad that Valentina is still on the offensive though because even though we didn't really see Bane take control of criminal organizations around the world, here we see he did and Kobra is systematically taking them out and leaving a survivor behind to tell the tale to Bane about how he's getting his ass kicked without him knowing about it.  This total shift in power in the criminal underworld does get the attention of more than just Bane though because we see that Batman is now on the case and will be making his reappearance in this series soon, but while the Caped Crusader is making travel arrangements, Bane is working on setting up an army to strike back at Kobra and as we see at the end of this issue, his first recruit is the former KGBeast.

That's it for this issue of Bane: Conquest and while the story continues to move in a really interesting direction, there isn't a lot going on in this book outside of the setup for the remaining four issue and what the landscape of those issue will look like.  Really though, it's enough for me because this second leg of this series has really caught my attention because of how fun it is and I can't wait to see what Chuck Dixon will show us next.  The art continues to be great in this issue and maybe even a little better than it has been, which is crazy to me and in the end, my biggest gripe is that we never actually got to see the Conquest angle of this series besides for us just seeing that it did happen with what we got here.  Who knows though, it might play out better this way because previously when we did see Bane going after the first crime family it was at that point that I started getting bored with this series.  So right now I'm just going to trust in Chuck.

Bits and Pieces:

Even for a setup issue, this installment to Bane Conquest continues to be fun and gets me excited for what's to come with the final four issues.  The art is as gorgeous as it always is and in the end I wish we would could have seen a little more of what's going on in this issue setup and to have Bane kick a little more ass.  Still a fun issue regardless.


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