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Batman vs Bane

Article by Gregg Katzman

Batman #20 – by Tom King, David Finch, Danny Miki, Trevor Scott, and Jordie Bellaire – is the final chapter of the I Am Bane story arc. It’s a seriously vicious conclusion between the Dark Knight and Bane. No gadgets, no elaborate plans… just a brutal brawl between Bruce Wayne and Bane! Who’s left standing and how did they win the battle? Where will it go from there? To celebrate the action-packed issue, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of their best battles in the comics! For simplicity’s sake, I stuck to encounters between them in the primary DC universe.


*The following list is in no particular order*

Batman: Vengeance of Bane

Artwork by Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto, and Adrienne Roy

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Graham Nolan, Eduardo Barreto, and Adrienne Roy

Batman: Vengeance of Bane, which is written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Graham Nolan, is Bane’s first appearance and it reveals his harsh origin story. If you want to properly understand the formidable foe and what drives him, you must read this comic! While this issue technically doesn’t have a fight between Bane and Batman, it is the first time the villain confronts the hero! After following the Caped Crusader in the city, Bane finally revealed himself to the Dark Knight. The villain dodged a batarang and threatened the hero before making his escape. Unfortunately for Batman, their next encounter wasn’t as quick and painless…

Winner: N/A

Batman #497

Artwork by Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, and Adrienne Roy

Written by Doug Moench; artwork by Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, and Adrienne Roy

Despite not having super powers, Batman is one of the most impressive characters in the DC Universe – he’s constantly pushing the limits of both his mind and body. Thanks to years of studying and training, Gotham’s protector has what it takes to hold his own against, well, just about anyone in the DC Universe. Give the guy a little time to prepare and he can even make Darkseid back down. Impressive, yeah? Batman is still human, though, and unfortunately, that means he has his limits. Bane purposely set up a scenario which pushed the hero to his breaking point, both physically and mentally. By the time Bane revealed he was the mastermind behind all of the chaos, it was too late for Batman to stand a chance. Before Bane broke Batman’s spine, Batman himself was already broken. With Bruce Wayne incapacitated, Gotham was Bane’s for the taking… until Jean-Paul Valley said otherwise, that is.

Winner: Bane

Detective Comics #701

Artwork by Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna

Bane – cured of his addiction to Venom – challenged Batman! Bane actually took the edge at one point and started to drown Bruce; however, the act of trying to kill the hero slowly led to Bane’s downfall. The pain that Bruce experienced reminds him of the pain he felt when he lost his parents, so he took all of that rage and began to let loose. After a few good hits, Bane went down for the count.

Winner: Batman

Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs Bane #1

Artwork by Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Hanna, and Hi-Fi

Written by Peter J. Tomasi; artwork by Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Hanna, and Hi-Fi

During Forever Evil, Batman’s absence caused a power struggle in Gotham. As the villains roamed the city, Bane defeated everyone who dared to oppose him and then claimed he was the new protector of Gotham. Obviously, the Dark Knight eventually returned and quickly engaged his enemy. Bane just finished injecting himself with some Venom, but despite that advantage, Bane is unable to win the fight. The two exchanged some downright savage hits, but it’s game over once Bruce started swinging away with a stone statue.

Winner: Batman

Detective Comics #736

Artwork by Mike Deodato, Sean Parsons, and Pamela Rambo

Written by Larry Hama; artwork by Mike Deodato, Sean Parsons, and Pamela Rambo

During No Man Land’s mayhem, Bane returned to Gotham in an attempt to become its King. Batman pretty much said, “No way, Bane” and the two began to slug it out. Bane wasn’t on Venom at that point and the two basically went blow for blow. Batman landed a few solid hits in the end but it’s wasn’t enough to defeat the big guy. Instead of continuing the melee, Bane told Batman that a bomb had been planted under a soup kitchen, so the hero had two options: keeping fighting, or race off to save some innocent people. Obviously, Batman chose to leave the fight.

Winner: Stalemate

Batman: Bane

Artwork by Rick Burchett and David Hornung

Written by Chuck Dixon; artwork by Rick Burchett and David Hornung

Bane was determined to destroy Gotham. As you can imagine, Batman wasn’t totally cool with that, so he confronted the fearsome fiend. Bane got a few clean hits in, but Batman fired back, even knocking the big fellow down some stairs. The brawl ended there because Bane decided to bring a rocket launcher to a fist fight – not cool, man. After a big explosion, Batman dodged some debris and Bane vanished. Neither of them technically “won” the fight, but it definitely ended on a high note for the Caped Crusader. Nightwing, however, wasn’t so lucky in this issue. He took on Bane twice and both times he was swiftly defeated.

Winner: Stalemate (but Batman had the advantage)

Batman: The Dark Knight #7

Artwork by David Finch, Richard Friend, and Jeromy Cox

Written by Paul Jenkins; artwork by David Finch, Richard Friend, and Jeromy Cox

When Bane made his first appearance in The New 52, he was bigger, stronger, faster, and allegedly even smarter. In fact, he was so much more physically impressive that his encounter with Batman was completely one-sided. The Justice Leaguer tried to use some gadgets, but nothing stopped Bane. In the end, Batman only survived Bane’s onslaught thanks to a last minute save from the Flash.

Winner: Batman (thanks to the Scarlet Speedster, the Flash!)

Batman #13 & #18

Batman #13 written by Tom King; artwork by Mikel Janin and June Chung; Batman #18 written by Tom King; artwork by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire

Batman #13 written by Tom King; artwork by Mikel Janin and June Chung; Batman #18 written by Tom King; artwork by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire

In case you haven’t been reading the current Batman series (tsk, tsk), Bane and Batman have fought twice in the series. Both times, Bane demolished the World’s Greatest Detective, but it was all part of Batman’s plan – the dude always has a plan, doesn’t he? Well, I guess if he was unprepared he wouldn’t really be Batman.  Anyway, Gotham’s hero endured some major punishment to keep his dangerous enemy occupied while his allies executed their parts of the plan. I won’t spoil the rest just in case you’re a few issues behind or waiting for the trades.

How will their battle in I Am Bane’s finale go down, though? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out! I mean, technically you can get spoilers online, but come on, where’s the fun in that? Read the full issue for all of the context, people!

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