Tom King has crafted some of the best stories in Comics to date, whether it be his Vision Series, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis (It’s a hit or miss with some fans but still was a good story.) But his current take on Batman has been one a lot of the DC fans talking, from the War of Jokes and Riddles to Catwoman leaving Batman at the Altar; We’re seeing Batman in the fight of his life, Bane was the man who broke the Bat’s Back but Bruce’s Father from another timeline has teamed up with Bane. Can he face his Father? Or will he hang up the cape and cowl? Time for our review!
Everything is upside down, the Criminals have become the Law and Hugo Strange has become the Commissioner! Tom has flipped Gotham upside down and it is wonderful, Thomas Wayne’s entrance was masterful, both artistically and figuratively. Gotham-Girl in her own twisted way mirrors Robin (past and present company) but with each chapter showing the city-dwelling even more into Chaos, we turn to Bruce and Selina on the other side of the world and whether you want to call it recuperating or a way to rekindle the romance. Tony Daniels, Mikel Janín and the other artistic team have done an exquisite job on each layout, panel, and fight sequences, etc were done beautifully.
Tom and his creative team doesn’t rely solely on shock value to get the point across, in certain points of the story it can drag onward but they show that Bane isn’t messing around, he proved that he can be a bigger threat than any of the rogues in his gallery and yes, I am going to go out on a limb and say that he is showing that he can be a big of a threat as Joker can be.
With Batman being successful and the issues selling out and going into Second Printing, Tom King is sending a message to Batfans and Comic Readers and that message is “If you thought the first four issues were thrilling and shocking, you haven’t seen nothing yet!” Stay tuned for the next review installment of the Event known as the City of Bane; Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!