Bane: Conquest #2 REVIEW

Bane: Conquest is a darkly entertaining story that takes the luchador of Santa Prisca away from Gotham and focuses more on his journey. In the second issue, Bane has been captured by a cult leader by the name of Damocles; while he is trying to find a way to escape he comes across an unlikely ally named Bruce Wayne.

Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan return after the first issue of Bane: Conquest to deliver another solid offering; this one is filled with action and beautiful art, but on top of that we get to see something we don’t too often — and that’s a team-up of Bane and Bruce Wayne. Their history together obviously isn’t a good one, but it works here and it’s something that’s really enjoying to see especially since Bane hates Bruce so much. The action in this issue is pretty intense and the reader will find themselves sympathizing for Bane. There are a number of flashback scenes that are probably the best part of this issue. Bane is an underestimated villain and has an interesting origin that needs to be seen to truly comprehend his character. Bane as a child is one of the saddest things to have ever been read in comics and getting a little piece of that in this issue is a true delight.

Bane: Conquest isn’t mind-blowing so far, but I do have hopes for this as I always enjoy a good Bane story. Seeing a Bruce Wayne and Bane team-up is also exciting: the two both hate each other but also both want to escape and stop Damocles. Damocles so far is a promising villain and can hold his own without having his dirty work done by a bunch of goons which we’re so used to seeing. I also want to add that the art is nice and simplistic. It’s not mind-blowing but it’s just fine. My real only complaint about the art is that Bane looks like a normal good looking man, which is not the choice I’d expect anyone to go with. I feel like Bane should be more grizzled, worn out, damaged. This Bane could be in any comic book and you wouldn’t know it was Bane until it was made known. It’s a small complaint but it’s just something I think Bane shouldn’t look like.

The writing and story are pretty good so far. There are a lot interesting lines between Bruce and Bane but a couple times where the issue moved pretty fast and looked like it was missing a panel or two. For instance there was a page where the prisoners get their food and Bane immediately starts eating as fast as he could, which is understandable given his situation, but after Bane gets a warning from Bruce to slow down, Bane just drops unconscious. It almost looked like it was straight from an episode of Family Guy. It was more comedy than it was shocking. There was no dramatic shock to Bane’s face realizing he may had been poisoned or choked. One panel has him eating, and the next panel shows him on the floor but there was no transition to it. It just felt like something was missing and that happens a few times in this issue.

Minor complaints aside this already seems like an exciting story that will definitely add some character to Bane. Bane is a villain who never gets enough focus in my eyes and Bane: Conquest is well on its way to adding another storied chapter to his history.

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Injustice 2 #1 Review

Injustice 2 #1 from start to finish is one exciting book; it takes place in various locations and features various characters. Don’t let the thought of that drive you away though — even though there are multiple stories to follow in this issue there’s a good amount of time spent with each story to ensure you understand who each person is and what is yet to come in future issues.

There’s some great storytelling courtesy of writer Tom Taylor that delivers some emotional and powerful dialogue. The conversation with Batman and Superman is a genuine work of art and has some captivating moments; you’ll catch yourself reading over it again and again because of how well it was delivered on the page.

Injustice 2 does well in ensuring the reader that even if you haven’t read the previous Injustice books, you can start fresh here. There are some minor details that may be a little confusing when you come across them, but it’s pretty self explanatory for new readers.

This book is important to read especially if you’re a fan of the game. There’s so much more to a story that a video game can only show a portion of. This comic book will lend more story to the Injustice 2 narrative and aside from telling more of a detailed story, you get to know and understand more about your characters and their personal journeys.

Injustice 2 #1 is an excellent issue all around that leaves the reader with laughs, cliffhangers, and jaw dropping moments that level the playing field for the upcoming game. This is a comic that even someone who has only played the games and never touched a comic could enjoy and find themselves picking up the next issue in excitement.

The Flash #21 Review (Spoilers)

The conclusion of Batman #21 had everyone in shock as The Reverse Flash vanished for an instant and upon his return he claimed he saw “God” before what looked like something sucked away his life force and he died. This book opens with the crime scene in the Batcave and already im hooked in. A lot of great writing in here which I thought would be an tough to follow since Batman #21 was so well written..

This books got a few emotional scenes that make you remember who Batman and Flash are under those masks. While staring at Thawnes corpse Barry looks up and simply says “its over mom”. That line alone was like if that chapter of Barry Allen’s life was finally closed and you felt that relief yourself when you read it. Josh Williamson and Howard Porter really do an amazing job at opening up the DC Universe giving you a gorgeous visual of what exactly has been taken from time.

This being a Flash book doesn’t seem to hold back from really diving into Bruce Wayne’s character. We’ve all seen Bruce’s parents get gunned down so much that we’ve become so used to it that we have no emotional sadness to feel for him. Seeing it so much doesn’t have that same effect as it did when we first seen it so when we hear Bruce talk about his parents being dead it goes through one ear and out the other.

This book really brought that feeling back in a big bad way. Batman has a wonderful moment with Flash when he tells him that after the button had that reaction to the Psycho Pirates mask, he saw his fathers ghost. When Barry asks him how could he recognize him as his father in a Bat suit? Bruce gives the perfect response with “I would know him anywhere” then explains how his father carried himself a certain way and even recognized his voice. This panel alone shows you just how much his parents meant to him and he’ll never forget a single thing about them.

And if that wasn’t enough for you after Bruce and Barry travel through time and end up crashing and landing in a familiar cave, Batman instantly recognizes it as the place his dad found him when he was a kid, and it looked like it did when he first started patrol. Batman thinks he went back in time, but he sees Joe Chills gun and knows they never recovered it from that night at the crime scene of his parents. Bruce hears a voice behind him and discovers that they are in Flashpoint and Bruce is reunited with his father Thomas.

This ending was so emotional especially after Reverse Flash destroyed his fathers letter he wrote him in Flashpoint. This was easily one of my favorite Batman stories of all time. None of this was expected and im itching for the next issue.

Batman #21 Review

Since the game changer DC Universe Rebirth we’ve been eager to find out how and why the DC universe’s timeline has been altered, and who the cloaked mystery man is that is collecting and keeping familiar faces captive. It all began with that last panel in Rebirth with Batman holding up the infamous bloody button that belonged to none other than The Comedian from The Watchmen. 

This first issue of the four part series “The Button” starts with Batman #21. This was the perfect start for this particular type of story. Rushing probably one of the biggest events to happen in the DC Universe would be a bad move, but starting at a steady pace but also giving the reader just enough to fill their geek heads with excitement. Tying this story directly back to Flashpoint was a fantastic thing to see and it reminds readers just how far back this goes and just how serious this event is. 

Tom King does a great job of  bringing Flashpoint and Rebirth together in this issue. Holding this issue together with little amount of characters to use. Jason Fabok once again nails the visuals in this issue. Much more lighter tone than the “I Am Bane”, but its still proves that you can say so much by saying nothing at all. Both work so well together again to tell a great story while both not mirroring each other.

Everything you need to start a good story is in this first issue. This is this the first to many events I assume so covering everything in this four part would be underwhelming. From beginning to end this issue gives its all. It has heart, action, suspense, and when it ends it has you begging for just one more page.