I Am Suicide is an interesting story arc to say the least. Each issue has a completely different feel. The first was all build-up, showing a rag tag group of Arkham Asylum inmates that Batman recruits to take on Bane. The second focuses a lot on Bane’s past, the third focuses on Catwoman’s mindset, and the fourth is a straight action scene, with the entire narration being a letter Bruce wrote to Catwoman. That issue stirred a minor controversy when it first released, but I had no problem with it. It’s also been a bit of an unpredictable story arc. This issue makes everything clear though.
Written by Tom King, Batman 13 shows Batman’s plans coming to fruition. Each member of his team had a role in his plan from the start, and this issue makes all of those plans perfectly clear. It’s best if I don’t spoil what they are, but it’s creatively genius. The Ventriloquist’s moment might just be the best of them all. Catwoman’s moment is good too. In the end Bane is defeated, but it seems to only anger him, ending this comic with an intense teaser. It’s hard to talk about this comic too much without spoiling what’s going on, and most of the fun is discovering Batman’s plan for yourself.
Mikel Janin’s art is great. Bane’s dark chamber is perfectly creepy, with Bane’s pile of skulls on a stage-like platform and the cage walls. The action flows well from panel to panel. Bane looks very intimidating with his angry glares and his naked muscular body, with creative shadows and angles to cover up his naughty bits. You can tell through the art alone that he’s disturbed but sane at the same time. June Chung’s colouring is usually tinted a dark brown, which perfectly suits the dark and somewhat disturbing tone, while it’s bright and colourful outside of Bane’s fortress.
Again, it’s kind of hard to describe this story arc in too much detail without spoiling the fun, but of the comics I’ve read since June, this is the most unique story arc. I mean that in a good way. I still wouldn’t call King’s Batman run as good as Scott Snyder’s New 52 run, but it’s getting close. I’m excited for when Bane will show up next – it’s already been advertised in the solicitations. This series is an easy recommendation for Batman fans.