Batman #18 - "I Am Bane, Part Three"

'It was Andy Khouri, my editor on “Omega Men,” who asked if I knew his origin. I was like, “Yeah, he was raised in a prison.” And he was like, “No. Do you know his origin?” And I said, no, I guess I don’t remember. And he told me that not only was Bane raised in a prison, but he was stuck in a cell for 17 years that flooded every night. And he had to tread water while eating fish that were biting at him and leeches that were sucking off of him and then the water would go down. He’d almost die every night. It reminded me of Conan pushing the lever around. The will to have gone through something like that is the only thing that could challenge Batman. And then I became obsessed with him.' -- Tom King

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Batman #17 - "I Am Bane, Part Two"

"1. Cassandra 2. Dick 3. Bruce 4. Damian 5. Kate 6. Helena 7. Jason 8. Duke 9. Stephanie 10. Tim" -- Tom King, ranking fighters

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Batman: Nosferatu

This is an Elseworlds storyline that combines Batman with the films Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It's a sequel to a comic called 'Superman: Metropolis' which combined Superman with (not surprisingly) Metropolis; I'm a fan of Bats, Nosferatu and Caligari, less so Supes and Metropolis so I'm just going to share this one.

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[personal profile] thanekos2017-02-17 08:37 pm

Batman #17 this week continued the assertions of Bane.

They came with the same matter-of-fact effectiveness as the one he'd made at the end of #16.

They were well-aimed blows at Batman, struck with the precision befitting their striker.

They were elegant ones to see- the ease of their effect was the only thing a bit jarring about them.

One of them was a particularly neat illustration of that.

It happened amongst ruins. )

Batman #16 - "I Am Bane, Part One"

"The thing with Bane is that he can defeat Batman. Unlike the Joker, unlike the Riddler, unlike Mr. Freeze, the evidence is that Bane has defeated Batman. I remember as a kid reading Bane breaking Batman’s back and throwing him off the building. I remember how shocking that was, and how everyone in my school talked about it. That was the one thing that owned the comic book conversation that year." -- Tom King

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Batman #15 - "Rooftops, Part 2 of 2"

'Continuity, I think a lot of people scoff at it. "Oh that's so stupid. Story is more important than continuity." To me, continuity is the heart of comic books. That's what makes it real. If you're not telling a story that stands on the shoulders of the giants before you, it's not real. You're just writing into the air.' -- Tom King

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Batman #14 - "Rooftops, Part 1 of 2"

"She knows that Bruce Wayne is a mask. She knows being this playboy character is a façade. Batman is The Bat, and he knows that Selina Kyle is a mask — the Cat is who she is. And they’re not ashamed of that. They’re not the people that they were born to be. They’re the people that they chose to be. They’re the only two people that see each other as they truly are. That’s the core of their romance. Your soulmate is the person that sees everything that everyone judges you on and loves you still." -- Tom King

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Batman #13 - "I Am Suicide, Part Five"

'Batman readers are the smartest readers in the world. I don't have to hold their hands. I don't have to give them the training scene of the team coming together. They've seen that in a thousand things. They can just assume that's there. I want to skip to the action and the tension. I think you see the intelligence of the readers in the reaction. I mean, the reaction to Catwoman was vitriol. Like, I got people who hated it, saying this is out of character. This is terrible. This is not who this woman is. And I was like, "Yeah, you're exactly right. I agree with all of you."' -- Tom King

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Batman #12: "I Am Suicide, Part Four"

"When I was a kid, especially in junior high, when I was 10, 11 years old, which was the same age as when Batman’s parents died, I was really depressed. I had a real cloud over me. Suicide was a thing. It was on my mind. It seemed like an answer to things. And in all honesty, it wasn’t friends that brought me out of that. I was a fat nerd. I didn’t have a lot of friends. It was comic books. The fact that there were heroes in the world was very important to me..." - Tom King

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Batman Annual 2016 - "Good Boy"

"You use that 75-year history to make it awesome. That’s not a weakness of this character, the fact that everything’s been done before. That’s a strength. You can build upon all of that. I can have a scene with Kite Man—a one-page scene in issue #6—and it’s so much fun and wonderful because Kite Man’s a character from thirty years ago that fans remember fondly. You take that history and you make it work for you." -- Tom King

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Batman #11: "I Am Suicide, Part Three"

"I think Batman and Catwoman’s relationship is going to be key to the series moving forward, and I don’t think it will be what you expect it to be." - Tom King

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Batman #10-11: "I Am Suicide, Part Two"

"I know I can write a book where someone stares out of a window and thinks deep thoughts. I know how to do that. But with Batman, I’m trying to do a big genre thing that will appeal to me when I was 12 and me now, where I just want to go outside and punch the sky. It’s hard, and against my own nature." - Tom King

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Batman #9: "I Am Suicide, Part One"

'The John Ostrander/Kim Yale “Suicide Squad” run is my favorite ongoing superhero comic of all time. I basically wanted to pay tribute to that.' - Tom King

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