[World of Bats] Batman Vol 3 #16-20 "I Am Bane"

Hello and Welcome to the World of Bats, the Batman Book Club!

This week we’re continuing our look at the (in)famous Tom King run by closing out his “I Am” trilogy, looking at “I Am Bane,” issues #16-20, with art by David Finch!

Links can be found down here:

Batman #16
Batman #17
Batman #18
Batman #19
Batman #20

Reading will run from 2021-11-06T05:00:00Z2021-11-12T06:00:00Z, but if you find yourself trapped in the depths of Arkham Asylum to protect yourself from a madman, you can always come back.

Looking forward to discussing these issues with all of you!

I know that many people gripe about the repetitive dialogue in this story, but I enjoy Batman’s singlemindedness.

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Bruce might not be the most well adjusted person, what kind of person eats a burger (a fast food burger at that) with a fork and knife :rofl:

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I’d make fun of Bruce for that, but I’ve often used a fork and knife for fried chicken, so I’m probably one to talk. :sweat_smile:

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The kind of person raised by this kind of person:

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I mostly like this arc. Part 3 might have gone a bit too hard into Bane being a twisted reflection of Batman, but I think it worked. The ending felt a bit anticlimactic.

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Yeah, I don’t know why, but I’m starting to get a feeling that maybe Bruce and Bane might have some things in common… :thinking:

I can kind of see what you mean by anticlimactic in terms of Batman vs Bane at the end – winning via headbutt and a “I’m Batman” does feel a little too easy, but I feel like the cat and mouse game between the two (somewhat literally with Catwoman’s assistance) and Bane going after all of Batman’s rogues were cool enough that I was satisfied with this arc in terms of action.

Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts! :smiley:

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Coincidentally a comic YouTuber I like recently did a video about a certain motif that’s introduced in this arc and it’s other appearances. :rofl:

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She makes some good points. The existence of Bat Burger in the DC Universe doesn’t make sense. Those punny menu names are great though :grin:

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I dunno – I can definitely see some enterprising a-hole making a Bat-Burger joint in Gotham City, and I could see it being appealing in other cities in a sort of Planet Hollywood kind of way. Maybe restaurants in Keystone and Metropolis can get relics like abandoned batarangs and used up acid spitting flowers, give people a taste of the Gotham life without actually having to live there.

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The Bat Burger scene is without a doubt one of my favorite Batman moments of the last decade.

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Possibly something to do with your Renegade Robins ribbing each other? :rofl:

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Bingo!