Written by Tom King
Art by Tony S Daniel and Mitch Gerads
Colors by Tomeu Morey and Mitch Gerads
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The City of Bane begins and a new Dynamic Duo patrols the streets of Gotham.
A police cruiser speeds its way through the streets of Gotham on its way to a crime scene and the two detectives assigned to the case already have a suspect in mind, Two-Face. The detectives, Joker and Riddler, emerge on the scene and contact police commissioner Hugo Strange that its time to call in Batman. Thomas Wayne emerges and immediately goes after the villain with his new sidekick.
At the same time, a lone figure makes his way through the snow to find an old teacher. One who could help him remember. Unfortunately, he will not get the answers he needs there, but he will be found by the one person who can help him to heal.
The Story: Tom King throws the reader right into the thick of it as he begins City of Bane with a city firmly in control by the villains of Gotham City. The story is dynamic and engaging. The characters are all interesting and the plot moves with a pace that makes it impossible to predict what will happen next. The surprises and plot twists King introduces are fantastic and I can’t wait to see what other surprises City of Bane has for both the Batman and the reader.
The Art: Tony S Daniel and Mitch Gerads bring their A game to this issue and their talent is unmistakable. Daniel has a mastery of detail and it comes through not only in how great the characters look, but in all the small details you can’t help admiring in the backgrounds. Gerads delivers some beautiful noir styled gritty art filled with style and tension.