Tom King continues the last story arc of his Batman run, “City of Bane“, with a chapter that simply threw followers a serious twist, in a fairly stunning cliffhanger. Batman #82 actually and figuratively steps into the ring that problem #81 arrange, as Batman and Bane de-mask themselves and take away all of their typical advantage-providing devices (Utility Belt, Venom serum) so as to have a no-holds-barred combat inside of Arkham, with the intention of proving whose metropolis Gotham actually is. Well, that combat will get as soiled as you may anticipate, and intends with a serious twist at somebody intervenes in the Batman vs. Bane combat, with deadly outcomes!
Warning: Major Batman #82 SPOILERS Follow!
The Batman vs Bane combat is as hard-hitting as chances are you’ll anticipate from these two longtime nemeses. Catwoman is the solely witness available, although Bruce Wayne tells Bane that that is “Not her city. Not her fight. No help.” The two begin scrapping, however because it seems (and was teased in problem #81), Batman has discovered an necessary lesson: he does not need to do issues alone anymore, and his enemies’ assumption that he is nothing however an indignant loner is a false impression that Batman can weaponize – and does.
It seems that Batman was completely mendacity about dealing with Bane alone: Catwoman is there to be his tag-team companion in whipping Bane’s ass (actually)! Not solely does Catwoman be a part of the fray and put some severe smackdown on Bane – Bruce pulls a Die Hard-style transfer of taping two Batarangs to his again, which he pulls throughout the combat so as to reduce Bane up. However, even with the mixed efforts of Batman and Catwoman’s tag-team – to not point out a number of soiled combat techniques – Bane nonetheless proves to be a formidable opponent, and Catwoman finally ends up getting badly damage when Bane kicks her right into a wall, knocking her out chilly and probably injuring her worse than that. Bruce retaliates by smashing Bane’s face into the flooring repeatedly till the villain is only a bloody pile of pummeled meat – however Batman is not stopping there. As punishment for Bane’s reign of terror over Gotham, Batman decides it is time for some payback by breaking Bane’s again as a approach to cease the villain for good with out injuring him.
However, simply as Bruce raises Bane up in excellent reversal of the iconic “Bane breaks Batman’s back” scene from the ’90s, Thomas Wayne arrives at Arkham and shoots Bruce proper in the stomach. The elder Batman wastes no time turning on his evil ally, as Thomas shoots the injured Bane point-blank in the head, seemingly killing him.
So is Bane gone for good? Tom King now has Batman followers on the edge of their collective seats, ready for that reply.
Batman #82 is now on sale.