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Batman #82

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Not Credited
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: November 6th, 2019

Batman battles Bane in a showdown for Gotham City.

Batman vs Bane in Batman #82

Tom King and Mikel Janin overdeliver in issue #82 of Batman. The stage had been set in the last few issues for a monumental showdown, and the first few pages of Batman #82 can’t help but give a reader goosebumps. With Thomas Wayne and the Ventriloquist lurking on the horizon, Batman shifts his focus to the man who once broke him, in a showdown for Gotham.

Writing

Batman #82 (DC Comics) main cover by David Finch
Batman #82 (DC Comics) main cover by David Finch

Tom King is more than in his bag from the moment you crack open this comic. The stare-down and stakes laid by both Batman and Bane as they square up are chilling and exciting. We get what I feel is a very on-brand service to each of the characters in this trio’s showdown, something King has excelled in during his time on the title. The fight is absolutely brutal, but never overdone; nor does it feel idle. It feels like the brawl could end at any moment, at the drop of a hat, and that alone deserves a hefty pat on the back to the writer. King’s truly going out with the loudest of bangs, and Bruce Wayne’s character is benefitting from it.

Art

Mikel Janin is one of the best in the game at his craft. The facial expressions with which he draws his characters give every beat and punch an extra bit of flavor. Once again, the opening few pages give the entire book a certain feel, and Janin’s panels make the reader itch for the brawl to begin. It’s the cutaway panels, extremely cinematic in their execution, that help the entire issue become a bonafide hit. Janin’s worked with King before, but this may be his masterpiece. The final few pages are every bit the game-changer the open is. Janin leans on the emotions built by King to carry home his scenes, and the issue benefits all the more.

Jordie Bellaire‘s colors bring a vibrant consistency to the pages, and underline some of the visceral blows that are peppered throughout this issue. Bellaire is the color-grading editor to Janin’s cinematographer here, and it gives the overall story the exact flush it needs to reach perfection.

Overall

King has cemented himself amongst the great Bat-writers of the 21st century with “City of Bane”. He also reminds us that you cannot ever attempt to expect what happens next on his titles. Janin, as usual, works well with King and helps punch home every piece of this phenomenal story. King has done wonders for Bane as a character, reminding us just how much leg-room there is to truly work with the villain. There is nothing lacking within Batman #82, and that is what one expects on a Batman title. With King turning his sights to 2020’s Batman/Catwoman, he has roundly changed Bruce Wayne for the better. One can only wait with bated breath to see how “City of Bane” truly wraps up.


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