Friday, July 20, 2012
Batman - What's in a Name? - J.D. Coughlan
SET-UP: Batman is fighting Bane (just to keep things topical) in an abondoned factory, and Bane is giving him the usual villain speech: "We're so alike, we're both driven by the same thing, we both impose our will over others," etc. Note that Bane is not on Venom here, so not as large or strong.
Panel 1: Batman, previously on the ropes, gets his second wind. Lying on the floor, he kicks Bane in the shins powerfully.
BATMAN: I am sick of justifying myself to murderers and madmen!
Panel 2: Batman flips over backwards, kicking Bane in the face on his way.
BATMAN: I have known tragedy...
Panel 3: Batman lands on his feet, cape still flowing as part of his arc. Bane rubs his face, enraged.
BATMAN: ...but I am not driven by it.
Panel 4: Bane lunges for Batman, but Batman deflects the punch with one hand while driving the heel of his other hand into Bane's jaw.
BATMAN: I am not pain. I am not vengeance. I am not my parents' deaths.
Panel 5: Batman sweeps his foot under Bane's feet, causing Bane to fall.
BATMAN: I am something which had no name until I gave it one...
Panel 6: Bane is on the ground now. Batman kicks him in the face hard.
BATMAN: I AM BATMAN!
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