Bane's back and he's ready to give his particular brand of villainy back to you -- the people.
The character is already starring in the current "I Am Bane" arc of Tom King and David Finch's "Batman" series, and CBR has the exclusive first word that writer Chuck Dixon and artist Graham Nolan, two of the most prominent Batman creators of the 1990s, will return to their creation in DC Comics' upcoming 12-issue series "Bane: Conquest," scheduled to debut in May.
In "Bane: Conquest," the title villain will reunite with Bird, Trogg and Zombie, his henchmen that have been mostly missing in action since their introduction in the 1993-1993 "Batman: Knightfall" arc, but who re-surfaced as part of the "I Am Bane" storyline. According to DC's official description of the series, Bane will take his criminal ambitious out of Gotham, in search of "new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush."
"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, who created Bane with Nolan and Doug Moench, said in a statement. "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."
Designed as both a physical and intellectual match for Batman, Bane was first introduced in 1993's "Batman: Vengeance of Bane" one-shot, which led to his major role in "Knightfall," which culminated in Bane breaking Batman's back -- one of the most famous images from superhero comics of the 1990s. Unlike many '90s comic book creations, Bane thrived in subsequent years, with appearances in both the Batman comics and series such as "Secret Six." Though Bane's first live-action appearance was a minor role in 1997's critically maligned "Batman and Robin," the character was famously and rather uniquely played by Tom Hardy in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" (and people are still impersonating that voice today).
"It’s very exciting to return with Chuck to a character we so love and are so identified with," Nolan said in a statement, adding that this will be the "ultimate Bane adventure." "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" also marks the highest-profile superhero comic book work from Dixon or Nolan in recent years, though the two have collaborated with each other as recently as 2015's "Shadow Tiger" from Graphic India. Dixon has stated in the past, including in the 2014 Wall Street Journal op-ed "How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman" that he wrote with artist Paul Rivoche, that his position as a conservative comics creator (which has included writing the 2016 graphic novel adaptation of "Clinton Cash," a book highly critical of Bill and Hillary Clinton) has at times made it difficult for him to get work in the comics industry.
"Bane: Conquest" is scheduled to debut on May 3, with a cover by Nolan and a variant by Kelley Jones, another major creator from the '90s Batman books. The full solicitation text and a look at the first issue follow 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+