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Now on with the show! I'm going to continue my walk down memory lane with old Batman comics. Because I can. I remembered seeing the Vengeance of Bane comics on Amazon but I never bothered to buy them. I mean anything I needed to know about Bane was in the Knightfall novelization.
Just before "The Dark Knight Rises" came out though I went to the DC website and they had both Vengeance of Bane comics on sale for 99 cents each. So what the hell, I decided to read them.
The first part is set before the Knightfall storyline. It details Bane's origin story. On the island of Santa Prisca (a made up Caribbean island) the evil junta have recently crushed a rebellion. Bane's father was part of it but not captured or something. (That part isn't explained.) According to the island's law, his son then has to serve the sentence. Except he doesn't have a son--yet. His wife is pregnant and when she gives birth to a boy, the infant is forced to live in the prison.
A couple of years later, his mother dies in captivity. The cruel warden releases the young boy into the general population of the prison. After one inmate hassles him, the boy kills the inmate in brutal fashion. The warden gives the boy the name Bane since he considers the child a bane to his regime. Then he throws Bane into solitary confinement for years.
While in solitary, Bane envisions himself becoming a perfect being, both strong and wise. His only enemy is fear, epitomized by a giant bat. So Bane sets himself to ridding himself of fear and perfecting his body.
Years later he's released back into the general population, but now he is a big strong man who also devours books to improve his mind. Then a scientist shows up at the prison to conduct some experiments on inmate "volunteers" with a supersteroid known as Venom. The warden sees how the Venom has killed everyone it's injected into, so he signs Bane up in the hopes of getting rid of him.
Of course it doesn't kill him. Instead it only makes Bane stronger. Not only that, but some plastic armor shields are grafted beneath his skin to help make him more impervious to damage.
An inmate named Zombie who works in the infirmary and who remembers Bane from his youth swipes some of the Venom and figures out how to replicate it. With the formula in hand, Bane breaks out of the prison with the help of two other buddies: Bird and Trogg.
Bird was a low-level player in Gotham City and he tells Bane that Batman runs the city. So Bane decides he's going to destroy Batman. First, though, he goes to the city to see about getting some Venom made and helps Bird settle a score. This draws the attention of Batman. Bane stays out of sight, observing his prey and waiting to strike...
This was an interesting read though as I said it's not really essential. Bane's backstory is probably implausible in a number of ways, but this is a comic book, so whatever. Still, this first part might be good reading if you want to see the origin of the character in the movie.
After getting out of solitary, he puts his plan into action to get out of the prison. Once he's free, his plan isn't to take revenge on Batman, who at this point is back to being Bruce Wayne. Instead Bane wants to find the people making Venom and destroy the drug once and for all. Then he plans to go back to Santa Prisca to take revenge and to perhaps find his father, who might be alive.
Bane locates the people supplying the city with Venom, but as he's fighting them, Batman shows up. They work together to take on a couple of dudes hopped up on Venom. Strangely Bane has no interest in fighting Batman, while Batman is very interested in fighting him. You think Bruce took getting his back broken a little hard? But the roof starts to cave in before they can fight and Bane escapes to head back to Santa Prisca, which is the subject of another series of comics, which I didn't bother to read, at least not yet.
The second part wasn't all that interesting. I suppose I didn't really care about Bane redeeming himself and becoming less of a villain. It was kind of like "Godfather III" in that way. Then of course you get gypped of a Bane-Batman rematch. That does happen years later but whatever.
I wouldn't recommend buying these on Amazon, where they can go for $8-$10. I mean for what they really contribute they aren't worth more than a couple of bucks.
Friday is a guest post that for once isn't written by the Grumpy Bulldog!