VENGEANCE OF BANE from 1993.
Bane more or less marks the end of me paying attention to superhero comics. Not just Batman, but superhero comics altogether. Sure, I was still getting the oddball thing like the MARTIAN MANHUNTER miniseries from the mid-90s and SANDMAN and HELLBOY, but I’d punched out long before that. So I don’t get Bane as a believable menace at all (unless he’s drawn by Kelley Jones.) A whole big one-shot about how Bane is this total badass and destined to break Batman is all so much noise, particularly given it being written by Chuck Dixon who’s never been better than average in my book.
But I like Eduardo Barreto, even when he’s just inking. So there’s some fun stuff to look at and the lines are great. Plus it’s from ‘93 so it’s all DEATH OF SUPERMAN everywhere you look and you know how that went over.
Though you do get Bane stabbing a giant bat with a sword. I guess that’s cool, right?