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Batman - One Bad Day: Bane #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.


Bane broke the Bat – he’s one of the only villains to ever truly vanquish the Dark Knight – but is that all he’s ever accomplished?

Decades from now, Bane is a washed-up wrestler reliving his glory days in the ring, defeating someone dressed like Batman every day.

But when he discovers that there’s a new source of Venom in the world, he’ll do everything he can to shut down the facility it’s coming from for good and make sure that no one takes the poison that ruined his life.

An epic saga set throughout Bane’s life, expanding on the hopes, dreams, regrets, and failures of one of DC’s most legendary villains, brought to you by the iconic creative team of Joshua Williamson (Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Flash) and Howard Porter (The Flash, Justice League).

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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: One Bad Day – Bane #1 is another excellent addition to the one-shot series. It’s a comic that truly matches the personality of its subject, filled with violence, pride, and venom.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Another great addition to the One Bad Day series, a story full of darkness and sorrow that highlights the darkness that flows through Bane’s veins, a definite recommendation to any fan of the Gotham world.

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Batman One Bad Day: Bane is a fascinating character study. Its a story about an old man (even if Bane is not old in years) who sees his life as a failure even though he did something incomparable. Williamson, Porter, and Morey have taken a villain who did what none had done before him and turned him into a broken individual withering in the light of his own success.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Bane spares his ill-advised “Fan”’s life and instead forces him on a road trip with him to hunt down the source of the Venom and finish it off. This has a feel reminiscent of Breaking Bad if they were trying to eliminate drugs rather than sell them, and it also plays nicely into this issue’s big theme—it actually has a lot of sympathy for Bane and treats him as the antihero of the story. This is a man who had one moment of triumph decades ago and it’s all been downhill since. Williamson digs deep into the history of the character—even involving a character from the very first story involving Batman and Venom. The flashbacks to Bane and Batman’s final uneasy partnership add some fascinating layers to the long-time rivalry, and actually make me think Bane could work really well as an anti-hero if he was allowed to get out of Gotham. Of all the one-shots so far, this is the one—along with John Ridley’s Penguin—that feels the most like an evergreen story giving a villain a much-deserved spotlight.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: An entertaining and often engaging story from Williamson. It takes an interesting journey with the character and allows for the character to evolve in an interesting way. I like how Batman is utilized in the story as well as how his connection to Bane has evolved. Definitely an engrossing read that made me appreciate the character more.

    The Art: Porter delivers some beautifully detailed art in the issue. There is a lot of action in the story and Porter is able to give both the personal story and the action a great, unique look.

  • 85

    Multiversity Comics

    It’s a solid-one-shot story that showcases an ex-addict’s battle with survivor’s guilt after sobering up through the lens of a usual villain.

  • 80

    Batman: One Bad Day’s latest installment tackles not just Bane, but the decades of history that surround the character. Batman fans who have been following since Bane’s initial introduction in “Knightfall” are well aware of how unevenly he has been used and the story does a good job of trying to encapsulate all the different aspects of the character from his early days as a calculating behemoth in peak physical and mental condition to his addiction storylines with the fictional Venom drug. It even goes so far as to spell out how breaking Batman’s back has stuck around with the character no matter what other writers have attempted. Thankfully, the ending seems to finally close the loop on Bane’s seemingly eternal struggle against Batman, Venom and his own inner demons. It won’t be the last time we see Bane in a Batman comic, but it feels like a fitting end if they closed the book on him here.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman: One Bad Day: Bane is more than meets the eye, sometimes the bad day that shaped our lives can happen on our best day. I recommend briefly re-reading more of Bane’s early stories, and Batman: Venom. Then dive into this steroidal cocktail of Bane!

  • 79

    Zona Negativa

  • 77

    Graphic Policy

    I generally like the concepts of the “One Bad Day” stories which focus on Batman’s rogues adding a bit of depth to their characters or setting them up for a new direction. This one has Bane somewhat retired and now wrestling. Written by Joshua Williamson, the story is a bit to hit over the head in some many ways, beginning with the wrestling aspect. There’s the duality of what’s real and what’s fake, something that’s been danced around with the character in the past. There’s the whole “wrestling” with who he is. The issue has Bane attempting to finish eradicating the world of Venom as he recounts his and Batman’s adventures to do so. The art by Howard Porter is pretty good and takes the comic from a borderline eye roll in it’s parable to a bit of fun, a comic you can enjoy while relaxing during an afternoon. It’s not bad but Bane is a character that really has so much potential and this issue breaks things down in a way to simplifies his pathos instead of building upon it to return him as the juggernaut character he should be.

  • 75


    ‘Batman: One Bad Day: Bane’ #1 is one of the stronger additions to the One Bad Day series. However, some rushed story keeps holds it back from being a truly great standalone.

  • 70


    I don’t have many complaints about the story itself and I enjoyed reading it in the moment. However, I don’t think it’s something that will stick with me. The One Bad Day concept is terrible and Howard Porter’s art isn’t my thing but I don’t think either of those complaints break the story. Some people will love this comic and others will be indifferent, but I don’t see anyone hating it. If it sounds like something that will interest you, I say give it a go!

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    While there are a few wonky issues with the plotting (like Bane’s miraculous, off-panel recovery from a broken back), the story overall is pretty solid. Where this book suffers the most, however, is in the art. Morey’s colors give Porter’s pencils sort of a dusty, Western vibe during this book’s best panels, and at their worst, there’s an overall cartoony feel to the art. In any other book, Porter’s art could fit, as Porter has a zany style that defies more grounded character designs. In Batman: One Bad Day: Bane #1, Porter’s wild and unique style undercuts the tone, sometimes in direct contradiction to the weight and emotion Williamson and Wands bring to the scene. It makes for an inconsistent read and lessens what should be a tear-worthy impact.

  • 50

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