Bane creators Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan are teaming back up for Bane: Conquest, a 12-issue maxi-series — and yes, they’re aware of the Trump comparisons.
DC Comics has announced that Dixon and Nolan will re-team on the series that will find Bane looking to build a global criminal empire.
He’ll be joined by his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie — everybody’s favourite trio of henchmen named after 1960s rock bands.
Of course, Dixon and Nolan introduced the characters in Batman: Vengeance of Bane all the way back in January 1993, and worked together on most of the character’s significant early appearances in the Knightfall and Legacy crossovers.
“Always happy to be re-united 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.”
“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. Dixon, Nolan, Bane…what’s not to love?! This is, without a doubt, going to be the ULTIMATE Bane adventure!”
You might recall that Bane was in the news back in January, when viewers of Donald Trump’s inauguration noticed that the new President actually quoted Bane in his inaugural address.
The comparison wasn’t lost on Dixon or Nolan, who were interviewed about the speech by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Is he like a Batman villain? In many ways he is,” Dixon said. “But our last guy in that office often reminded me of a Bond villain. So there you go.”
Both men are political conservatives, and both men voted for Trump, although Dixon sounded noticeably more gung-ho about it.
“I was and am a supporter,” Dixon said. “Trump got my support when he announced during the first GOP debate when he said to the world that he’d written checks to almost everyone else on that stage at one time of another. You could almost hear the comic book style “GULP!” from all the others. It was a galvanizing moment. I really do think he’ll go to work on my dearest political desire to see the federal government shrunk down to a manageable size. Will he succeed? The deck is stacked against him. But it’s a noble fight and I wish him the best.”
Nolan, for his part, is taking a more cautious approach.
“I am willing to give the President the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “Let’s see what he does before we lose our minds. He couldn’t be worse than the entrenched establishment we’ve had for many years.
“I’m a life-long registered Republican but the party of Reagan has left me and others behind. They have lost their identity so now I think of myself as a Constitutionalist. I voted for Cruz in the New York primary because of his adherence to constitutional principles. I voted for Trump in the general election.
“If the President comes through on his many promises, a stronger more robust economy, a more affordable and better healthcare system, respect from our allies and fear from our enemies, then yes I think this is the right step. If not, well, the beauty of our republic allows us to kick him out in four years.”
Politics aside, Dixon and Nolan are both great creators, and I’m looking forward to seeing them get back together for Bane: Conquest. The first issue will be released on May 3.