With the Justice League away, the super villains of the DC will play, especially the Batman villains. The Arkham crazies took over Gotham, dividing the city as they see fit... until Bane arrived to take over. Despite Scarecrow leading the charge against him with Venom-powered Arkham crazies... Bane would defeat them all and take Gotham as his city. But now Batman has come back....
The comic opens with Commissioner Gordon thinking about how Bane now runs the city, making it dangerous even though the large evil has already passed. Outside a random guy is auctioning off food, water and medicine to the desperate people in the streets. Bane comes in and slams the guy in a back breaker. He tells the people that the power has returned to them and throws the goods at them.
Cobb shows up and informs Bane that with the satellite feed and news back up soon any army will be coming to Gotham and they can't stand up to them. Bane tells him that the Talons and his own soldiers are already an army. Cobb also scoured the city for weapons and has a bunch ready for Bane and his men. Just then a kid steps up and asks Bane for help.
The child says his mother fell over and she needs medicine since they ran out during the blackout. Bane steps inside his home, and soon steps back out. He tells the kid to bury his mother, and to never seek help again or the wolves of the world will seek him out.
|Did.... did Bane just kill the boy's mother??|
Bane is hooked up to more Venom until Batman suddenly arrives in his hideout and calls him out. Batman says they took down the Crime Syndicate and now he will take him down. Bane says in his absence, he protected the city from the likes of the Scarecrow, Croc and Clayface. As they fight, Bane leaps out of the window with Batman in his clutches. Batman kicks himself out of his grasp and uses his grappling hook. Bane says Batman relies on his toys, and Bats fights back saying he relies on his Venom. As they fall, Bane lands hard and survives the fall. He says he'll burn in hell before he fears Batman. Batman dives into him yelling out that he is hell.
The two fight it out and Bane bashes Batman against the wall with a giant M from a fallen building. He then tries to drown Bats in a nearby fountain. Bats grabs one of the stone cherubs from the fountain and beats Bane down with it until it falls apart. He then punches Bane with a hammerlock punch. Bane staggers and then drops to the ground, defeated.
Bruce Wayne and Gordon discuss the help they'll be doing as the city starts rebuilding itself. Bane will be locked in Arkham and facing detox as well. Gordon says they have a lot of work ahead of them and Wayne says they rebuilt Gotham before and they can keep doing it until they get it right.
Wow.. talk about short and to the point. After a few examples of how Bane was running things and how Gotham has degraded itself under new management... Batman basically comes in saying 'So you rule Gotham now? That's cute.' and the kicks his ass and throws him into Arkham. That's... basically it.
Their fight was pretty cool, I mean Batman beat the crap out of him with a fountain cherub. Though I wish it was a bit longer. Animated fights always seem so much and longer and cooler, with epic fight scenes sometimes lasting 5 minutes or so... while in a comic we have a few panels, a 2-page splash-page and the hero stands victorious. Wish the big fight between Batman and Bane was longer.... but still... he beat the crap out of him with a fountain cherub. Awesome.
I guess the only thing really worth of mention was the scene between Bane and the kid. Dude. Did Bane just step inside and kill the boy's mother? Or was she already dead when she collapsed? There is absolutely no indication of either scenario, leaving things completely up for the reader to decide. I know Bane is ruthless, hates weakness and blah blah, but did he really step inside and kill off a poor defenseless sick woman? Geez. I'm glad the kid didn't also ask him to check on his father and kid sister.
Either way, good issue to wrap things up for how Forever Evil affected Gotham City... I guess after this we'll see how things start to get back to normal. Oddly enough the final issue of Forever Evil was delayed so we actually got to see 'The Aftermath' before the actual end of the Forever Evil story.