City of Bane chapter eleven! The end is near as one victory leads to another defeat. The penultimate issue of Tom King’s Batman goes deep on one of Bruce Wayne’s most formidable foes.
- Writer: Tom King
- Artwork: Jorne Fornes and Jordie Bellaire
- Lettering: Clayton Cowles
- Publisher: DC Comics
Summary: As Batman reclaims his city from Bane, can he regain his sense of family? More specifically, when a man who is your father from another dimension has torn everything down around you, what will it take to build it back up? Especially when that man is currently staring you in the face and threatening to punch it. The final battle for Gotham City…and the cowl of the Caped Crusader…starts here!
Overall, King does a fantastic job explaining Thomas Wayne’s psyche during this event and sets up the final conclusion to the ‘City of Bane’ arc. While this issue basically pauses the ongoing story in the middle of the climax to provide exposition, the exposition it gives is essential to understanding the story as a whole. Jorge Fornes delivers some beautiful art in this issue. Showing familiar moments from different angles and perspectives gives a fuller sense of those moments to readers of the series. The layout of the panels is fantastic and there are some brilliant uses of shadow and negative space that make the characters pop.