15 thoughts on “Batman: City of Bane Part 1 by Tom King

  1. What could I possibly say that I haven’t said before about Tom King and his very Freudian destructive impulses? I do wonder why they keep him on Batman (I’m quite sure DC will come to regret this decision if it doesn’t already…) One of the two stars clearly belongs to the artistic team, so… I feel for you, Lashaan, I really do! 😜

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    1. Hahaha it was quite a rollercoaster of a Batman run. Even Grant Morrison’s run didn’t feel this divisive… At least the next volume is his last while James Tynion IV continues to write Batman since issue #86. Hopefully he finds a nice groove and knows how to write a good one… Consistently. 😛

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  2. Yep, I had a feeling that you would definitely not be enamoured with this volume Lashaan (and part 2 will most likely not change your mind). I wasn’t enthralled with City of Bane myself and had higher expectations and I think perhaps the reduction of issues in Tom King’s Batman run – even though he will be spinning things off into Batman/Catowman – hurt it.

    I did enjoy the majority of King’s run though and although Tynion’s run so far has been decent it’s more run-of-the mill than anything revelatory. It’s only early days to be fair and I look forward to seeing how Tynion’s long term story plans turn out but I do find myself missing the deeper and more thoughtful quality Tom King brought to the book. It’s going to be interesting to see how Batman/Catwoman pans out and how it’s received given how divisive King’s work on Batman became.

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    1. Yep. I’ve lowered my expectations as much as I can for this finale ever since you mentioned that you weren’t enthused yourself, knowing that you appreciated his run much more than me. If anything, I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on his Superman: Up in the Sky graphic novel with Andy Kubert! Have you read it? I look forward to exchanging notes once I get around to writing a review!

      I haven’t yet dared try Tynion IV’s Batman yet as I continue to compile the single issues upon their release. I really do hope that he’ll find his groove and give us something original soon… I think I never gave any of his work a solid five star yet. They always seemed to get stuck at 4: decent but not mind-blowing/thought-provoking…

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  3. Wow, you’ve had a bad run of Batman lately. Here’s hoping it turns around soon. And as you said, at least it had some great artwork. Can’t always make up for a lack of story, but it’s something.

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    1. Yep. It’s always going to be like this. The good always comes with the bad with an iconic character that has been around for 80 years. It all just depends on the writer and how he perceives the character. But you do remind me that I should try and pick up something that I know will be good, just to remind me that good Batman stories do exist despite the modern stories! 😛


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