Batman #85

DC Comics

Written by Tom King

Art by Mikel Janin and Hugo Petrus

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: City of Bane comes to an end and the Dark Knight proves that he can be more than what Thomas wants for him.


Just when Thomas thought he had the upper hand against his son by taking everyone he loved, Bruce proves to the old man that there are plenty of tricks up his gauntlets when he has Catwoman take down Thomas with a little help from the Ventriloquist.

In the aftermath of the fight, Bruce explains to Thomas how different he is from the boy he knew. The story then shifts to Batman making amends with Gotham Girl and offering her a gift. He also shows Cat his commitment to her as well as the city and says good-bye to an old friend.

The Story: I really wanted to like this issue. There are so many parts of this issue that are great, but put together, the story just felt anticlimactic. The Thomas/Bruce confrontation lacked a lot of the emotional depth that had been building throughout this story. The Bat/Cat stuff was great, but a little too long for this story. With this being a finale to the City of Bane, I wanted to see the reaction in the city to Bane’s defeat and how the city changes in the aftermath. The epilogue was absolutely effective and made me excited.

The Art: Mikel Janin’s art is sublime. The characters look amazing and Janin captures the atmosphere and tone of Gotham brilliantly.

Batman #85




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