Bane, the back breaking foe of Batman, has been at the center of events on the solo Batman series since it kicked off it’s DC Rebirth run last year. That spotlight isn’t going anywhere as two of the hulking criminal’s original creators Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan are returning to pen a 12-issue series called Bane: Conquest in May, according to Comic Book Resources.
Currently the criminal mastermind is taking on Batman and his allies in Tom King and David Finch’s “I Am Bane” arc in Batman. The new limited series will find Bane teaming up with his former henchmen Bird, Trogg and Zombie (who all have returned in “I Am Bane”) and heading out to find new enemies to crush and new cities that aren’t Gotham to conquer.
“Always happy to be reunited with Graham and this is an especially heady experience returning to our most significant contribution to the Batman mythos,” Dixon said. “The best aspect of this project is that it’s not a cameo or nostalgia tour for Graham and I. It’s more like we’re back after all this time to work on a truly epic story about Bane and we haven’t lost a step.”
Dixon, Graham and Doug Moench co-created Bane in 1993’s Batman: Vengence of Bane which was a one-shot that introduced the foe who was supposed to be a physical and intellectual foil for the dark knight. The first appearance led to Bane’s eventual role in Knightfall which brought about the iconic moment when he broke Batman’s back.
“It’s very exciting to return with Chuck to a character we so love and are so identified with,” Nolan said.“DC has allowed us to return him to his roots, bring back old friends and create new characters that will rock Bane and Batman’s world.”
Bane: Conquest #1 arrives on May 3. The first issue solicitation & preview pages are below.
BANE: CONQUEST #1
Written by CHUCK DIXON • Art and cover by GRAHAM NOLAN • Variant cover by KELLEY JONES
The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.
On sale MAY 3 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 12, $3.99 US • RATED T+