Batman: Vengeance of Bane
Dixon, Nolan, Barreto
Reviewed by bluedevil2002.
COVER: Glenn Fabry does an excellent painting of Bane with Batman in the background. You can see the grittiness of this new villain.
STORY: Excellent. Dixon really wrote a story to get the reader to care about this new villain who seems to come from nowhere. Even though Batman doesn't appear until the final few pages, this book is definately one of the best and most important issues in the Batman canon.
ART: Graham Nolan was the best Batman artist in the early part of the 1990s! There were only two inkers who I think worked really well with Nolan during this time. One was his regular Detective Comics inker Scott Hanna (who can ink almost anyone!). The other was right here, Eduarto Barreto. The art is very clean and smooth, and they are still able to pull off that dark, dreary mood. The colors were good. No overuse of either hot or cold colors, which is always a plus.
OVERALL: Like the main story, top notch quality. A good one-shot that is a tale in its own, and a prelude. You come away, knowing this character. Now, on to Knighfall. Original price wasn't bad either, only $2.50. Even better when you can get a signed copy for only $1. (Like me :))