It’s been almost a years since DC Rebirth #1 relaunched the DCU, retconned a big chunk of the New 52 as the work of a super-villain, and teased a connection behind the entire chain of events to one of the best comic series ever written. Since then DC’s been pretty quiet on the subject for the most part, at least until now. It seems it’s time for the Dark Knight Detective and the Scarlet Speedster to search for the truth.
“League of Shadows” continues as Batman confronts Ra’s al Ghul for the truth about the secret offshoot of the League of Assassins which he always believed to be a myth. Detective Comics #954 sees the Dark Knight Detective bested by the Demon’s Head whose cryptic answers on further infuriate Batman. Offered no other choice but to trust Ra’s, Batman soon regrets that decision as he’s almost immediately betrayed and turned over to Lady Shiva and her cult.
The latest issue in the series continues to build up Lady Shiva as a major threat to both Batman and Gotham, a threat so powerful even Ra’s al Ghul is willing to cut a deal with his former subordinate rather than do battle with her. Ra’s al Ghul has gone to great lengths to keep the existence of the second League secret, but even now that they are beyond his reach he still choices Shiva over the detective.
“I am Bane” comes to a close with a bloody final issue as Batman and Bane square off in Arkham Asylum. Filled with narration and flashbacks filling in he events which led Batman to this final stand, the issue recounts why Batman has been willing to risk so much to see Gotham Girl restored, and why nothing will stand in his way to see that happen.
Batman #20 is a pretty brutal issue with Batman and Bane fighting to a near stand-still, and explaining the Dark Knight Detective’s recent loses to Bane. Eventually Batman comes out on top and prevents Bane from recovering the Psycho-Pirate and making good his threats to rain destruction down on Gotham City and all who Bruce Wayne holds dear. It’s a satisfying, if not altogether pleasant conclusion to the arc (although the mother/son theme isn’t very effective).