Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SPOILERS: Forever Evil - Arkham War #6

So the villains attack Bane, all hoped up on venom, and bring him back to Arkham (which he allows). Then the venom begins to have side-effects on everyone, because they can't handle it, where Bane can, and he beats everyone. Penguin shows up, and makes Bane an offer, supplies for the Arkham inmates. Bane agrees, but on two conditions, first, he never sees another one of the Arkham inmates in his city again, and two, he keeps Scarecrow. So then Bane goes full on The Dark Knight Rises with his fluffy coat, strings Scarecrow up as a message, and there you go, he wins Gotham.


The Good: 

Art was nice. There was some great action scenes too. Pyg hopped up on venom sounds more like the Pyg I know and love.

The Bad:

In the preview posts I did for this issue, I pretty much described exactly what happened in this issue, weeks in advance. It was entirely too predictable, and like I feared, just really didn't amount to much in the end.

Also, how does everyone know William Cobb by his name? I get that Bane would know, since he worked with the dude, but all the Arkham inmates address him by name as well, which I just found odd.

The Bottom Line:

This issue fits perfectly with the series as a whole, predictable and just doesn't amount to much. That said, I don't think any of this was necessarily bad, outside of some particular characterizations from issue-to-issue, but it wasn't great. If you enjoy Bane being a badass, then there's something to enjoy here, but just don't expect it to be a big shocking conclusion, as it's pretty much just more of the same.



  1. I liked the ending, thought it set up the fight with Batman well, and I liked the series as well because, like you said, it showed Bane being a badass... That being said, I hope Bane gets put on the shelf for awhile after the Aftermath issue.

    1. Yeah, I feel like he'll be given a rest.

    2. If you really think about it, besides the Penguin, he's the only Batman villain that has had constant coverage on.

  2. Overall, this whole series was kind-of fun as a big dumb fight-em-up comic, but that was definitely not what I was hoping for when this was announced. When I think of all these Batman villains facing off against each other, many of them meant to have some sort of psychological flaw that is comparable to the hero, I was expecting more of a psychological game of manipulation. Game of Thrones with colorful villains and super-science.

    That said, I kinda loved when Bane put on the TDKR coat at the end.

    1. Yeah, that was my main problem with it, I just wish it had more substance.