Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The seeds of the ultimate betrayal have been planted and a plan years in the making will be discovered by a master detective.
The narrator of this issue has one thing that he wants to emphasize, he admires the complex plan that Bane has devised to break Batman once and for all. It’s a plan that will utilize stealth, guile and a strategy that no one has ever attempted before. Bane’s plan is intricate in its plotting and it promises to both bring the Dark Knight to his knees, but to establish who will dominate Gotham going forward.
The details of how Bane has used Bruce’s greatest fears and deepest desires to craft the plan is laid out and as the narrator reaches the finale of his analysis, he has one one question. How can he help?
The Story: Tom King gives the reader everything that we have been reading and digesting for months and with one smooth stroke, manages to surprise the audience once again in a story that those who faithfully read already know. Everything King has laid out over the course of the year begins to come to fruition in this issue and the circumstances that bring the players together is both compelling and infinitely interesting.
King is threading an intriguing and daring needle with this storyline and I continue to be interested in where it goes next.
The Art: Both Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes bring daring and beautifully detailed visuals to this issue. There are moments of brutal beauty as well as great detailed character moments that draw the reader in.