Batman began the City of Bane event in Batman #75, with Gotham's villains taking over Gotham under the command of Bane, and the cross-dimensional-travelling Thomas Wayne Batman, with Gotham Girl as his Robin. Despite featuring front and centre on the cover, Bane hardly appeared in the issue himself, only as a final narrator and then appearing on page only at the very end. And with Batman #76's cover featuring a full Bane lifting Bruce Wayne's Batman up high, ready to have his back broken, one might have suspected more from Bane – and Batman in this issue.
But no. Bruce Wayne is unconscious the entire time. And Bane does not appear once. It's all about the impact these people are having all around them as everyone comes out to play.
Including Kite Man.
Still being portrayed as the Charlie Brown who grew up to be a super-villain. While Gotham Girl masters her one punch against a superhero who disobeys his government's orders and crosses the border.
As apparently, the entire US government has done as Lex Luthor arranged and is staying out of Gotham. And, for some reason, Bane is staying out of this comic.
Only this one, mind, as Harley Quinn #64 has its own DC Year Of The Villain event crossover, in which Bane has decided everyone in Gotham be naked.
But full-face masks are okay though. But it is weird how Harley Quinn #64 reflects the cover of Batman #76 more than Batman #76 does…
BATMAN #76 YOTV DARK GIFTS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Tony S. Daniel
"City of Bane" continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven't yet signed on with Bane. It's all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don't want to play along- and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne's aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city.In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
HARLEY QUINN #64 YOTV DARK GIFTS
(W) Sam Humphries (A) Otto Schmidt (CA) Guillem March
Harley's tried everything to avoid Lex Luthor and his stupid "Offer"-she's destroyed half a dozen of Lex's drones, she's changed her name, her cell phone number-she even faked her own death! Why won't this bald, pasty-faced weirdo take no for an answer? Harley Quinn takes on the crossover event of the summer in this comic-within-a-comic take on "DC's Year of the Villain"!In Shops: Aug 07, 2019