Writer Tom King recently concluded his introductory arc on "Batman" -- titled "I Am Gotham" -- where he added new characters Gotham and Gotham Girl to the Batman mythos. In the fallout, Gotham is dead and Gotham Girl is still reeling from the effects of being under the Psycho-Pirate's spell with psychiatrist Hugo Strange pulling the emotion -manipulating villain's strings.
The end of last issue revealed that behind both Strange and Psycho-Pirate's actions in Gotham City was none other than the powerhouse villain, Bane. Now, with Batman intent on curing Gotham Girl, he's on a collision course with the King of Santa Prisca.
Bane's appearance in upcoming issues of "Batman" will mark his DC Rebirth debut. King recently tweeted an image of Bane and Psycho-Pirate in Batman #9, from artists Mikel Janin and June Chung where Bane appears to be holding court with the Psycho-Pirate. To make the image even creepier, Bane is sitting atop a mound of human skulls. Whatever they're discussing, it leaves Bane with an evil grin on his face in one silhouetted panel.
Batman 9. Bane.
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) September 12, 2016
The synopsis for Batman #9 reads, “I Am Suicide” part one! Batman has always been crazy…but this? This is suicide! In order to retrieve Psycho-Pirate and save Gotham Girl, Batman must recruit a team from Amanda Waller to break into the most impenetrable prison in the world and steal from one of the Dark Knight’s greatest foes…Bane. The next great Batman story begins here!"
Batman #9 arrives in stores October 19.