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Batman Versus Bane Paperback – February 28, 2012

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About the Author

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Chuck Dixon began working in comics in the mid 1980's.  Dixon is well know for his work on such epic DC Comics stories as Knightfall, No Man's Land as well as writing Batgirl and  Bird's of Prey.  

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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401233775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401233778
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe and A-team for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers including Joe Frankenstein which re-unites him with Bane co-creator Graham Nolan. He is also the co-publisher of an ambitious line of graphic novels based on the American Civil War.

In addition to his work in graphic novels, Chuck is currently writing two different series of action novels. Bad Times is a series about a team of former Army Rangers who travel back in time in search of treasure and adventure. His Kindle-sensation Levon Cade books are dark tales of vigilante justice. Both are available now in paperback and through Kindle!

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*This collection only has Vengence of Bane and Bane of the Demon.*

I ordered this book because I really wanted Vengence of Bane. I thought $8.30 was a great deal since most back issues of this one-shot ranges between $15-$30 and any other Bane related comics they threw in there would have been a bonus for me. To my surprise, they also had Bane of the Demon, which to my knowledge, has never been in any collected form and a great deal since all four issues of that limited run are pretty pricey and hard to find. I wish they had the Vengence of Bane II and Batman: Bane one-shots in there as well, but I'm pretty happy with what I got. As I noted above, this collection only has Vengence of Bane and Bane of the Demon. If you want more of Bane, I recommend Knightfall Vol. 1 and 2, No Man's Land vol. 4 and 5, and Secret Six. If you have those already, than this book is perfect for your collection.

Also, the title for this collection is misleading since there really isn't any Batman vs Bane stories here. Batman and Bane do not fight in Vengence, and if memory serves, Batman is not even featured in Bane of the Demon.
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I enjoyed this collection. However, it was a Bane origin and backstory, peppered with Batman appearances. When I say peppered, I mean a grain or two. Batman and Bane do not fight, they give VERY BRIEF flashbacks of their encounters for a few panels that is it.

Mainly it is the story of his birth and his early life in the horror of the Santa Prisca prison, his introduction to Venom, his escape, and his connection to Ras Al Ghul and his daughter Talia.

Nothing exciting or new.
This should be titled Bane: Year One or Year One thru??????

If you are looking for Batman here, pick up another book.
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* Edit, 5/5: I just received Knightfall Vol. 1, and they have repeated Vengeance of Bane there. The paper quality is better for this trade, which may matter to some. Otherwise I'd personally recommend skipping this if you are going to get the new Knightfall trades (see my thoughts on Bane of the Demon below).


** This oddly titled trade collects Batman: Vengeance of Bane and Batman: Bane of the Demon 1-4. It also has three two-page origin summaries taken from various other comics. **

Advance warning: Batman Versus Bane does not feature much of the Dark Knight, nor does it have more than a fleeting moment of the two titular characters fighting.

Roughly the first third contain Vengeance of Bane, Bane's first appearance and origin. This is a personal favorite of mine and nicely builds Bane as a layered character and a serious threat. It is, however, in large part a prelude to Knightfall. So despite being a complete story (Bane's origin) you will be missing the larger tale (as well as the advertised confrontation of this trade) if you do not continue on to the Knightfall trades.

The second story here suffers even more from the above weakness. Bane of the Demon features Bane's quest to find information about his father, whose crimes doomed Bane from birth. He also faces off with another of Batman's greatest foes. This was ok, but I found Bane a bit out of character, nothing is really resolved and it reads exactly like what it is: a lead in to the stories Legacy and Contagion.

One other note: this trade DOES NOT contain Vengeance of Bane 2. Knowing this had VoB, I bought it with only a brief look at the contents, and had assumed it would include the sequel.
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Adventures that both precede and follow the "Bane broke Batman's back" episode. The first tale tells the unimaginably cruel tale of the birth of Bane, in a prison, for the crimes of his father (who, we later find out, is known to Ra's Al Ghul). It also introduces his gang - Zombie, Trogg and Birdy Colossimo (the dude with the blonde mullet). Then there's his first encounter with the Batman, which takes place after he wipes out two mob families (one of them includes three stooges that look like Larry, Moe and Curly). The cops bust in on the scene before these guys can confront each other, so it's really no big deal.

The next episode follows Bane on his return to Santa Prisca, first to kill the monk that once showed him kindness as he seeks the identity of his father, and then when he narrows his search down to one of four possible men based on the fact that three of them are dead, off we go on another wild goose chase (his ego won't allow him to consider that his real father might be among the three dead men). Great. Lots of scenes of Bane single-handedly taking on armies of armed goons... and killing them all. Nice. And so, he discovers a satanic sect of creeps linked to one of his possible fathers, and the trail leads him to... Singapore (it's amusing to consider the irony of how DC tends to create cities like Metropolis for New York and Gotham City for Chicago, while Marvel tends to go for real city names - except for Singapore, which Marvel calls "Mandripoor"). It's here that Bane intersects with Thalia and Ra's Al Ghul's people. He enters into bizarre deals with them, at one point bedding Thalia before she turns on him and gets all snooty, "you amused me, now you sicken me" (funny to see him get all soft and gentle.
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