When he was introduced back in 1993, Bane was positioned to be a two-fold threat to Batman: he could match him mentally, and even moreso match him physically.  Thus, he became the man who broke the Bat.

Since Knightfall, Bane has had some ups and downs, going from one-note thug to compelling co-lead in Secret Six and back again.  For quite some time, it’s felt like nobody knows what to do with the character.

This May, two of his creators return to take him on once more.

Comic Book Resources is reporting an exclusive that writer Chuck Dixon and artist Graham Nolan will return to DC Comics with the 12-part maxiseries Bane: Conquest.  The series will “take Bane beyond Gotham” and reunite him with Bird, Trogg, and Zombie, his three cohorts from the Knightfall era.

Here are the solicit details:

BANE: CONQUEST #1

Written by CHUCK DIXON • Art and cover by GRAHAM NOLAN • Variant cover by KELLEY JONES

The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won’t stop until he stands at the top of the world of crime! For Bane, it’s all about CONQUEST.

On sale MAY 3 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 12, $3.99 US • RATED T+

Head on over to CBR for more information, including some insight from Chuck Dixon, and let us know what you think in the comments.