Who has thoughts on Bane Conquest?
I greatly enjoyed it, but I’m not 100% sure the comic is actually good. The problem is that Chuck Dixon’s 90’s Bat Family comics were my gateway drug for comics, so I’m wearing some major nostalgia blinders with Chuck Dixon revisiting his creation, Bane, along with Bane’s original artist, Graham Nolan.
Though this is a maxi-series, it reads more like an ongoing comic with Bane developing his own set of allies, villains, and friendemies. The last first six issues tell about three mini-arcs while the last six issues tell one continual story. There’s a thread going between the entire series, but if I was told this was pitched as a possible ongoing, I wouldn’t be surprised.
There’s a major continuity lapse with this series. This launches directly after the I Am Bane story in Batman where Bruce beats the crap out of Bane. We then have Bane Conquest which was marketed as springing off of I Am Bane, but there’s no apparent connective tissue. (Minor Spoilers) At the end of the series, Bane is still free, and yet when we see him next in the Batman book, he’s in Arkham. It seems they wanted the marketability of thing it to Batman without the actual legwork of connecting it.
I thought it was a fun adventure start to finish. My only criticism is that it’s a bit shallow. There’s almost nothing of any real depth about it. You see a good character moment for Bane at the very end, and that’s about it, but who says comics always have to have some deeper level. I think we could do with more simple adventures, and any fan of Dixon’s Bat Family stories will feel like they are coming home with Bane Conquest.
Fun fact. With Bane Conquest #5, Chuck Dixon became the most prolific comic book writer of all time having written more comic books than anybody.