Reading Batman #59 was just soul crushing. I have never felt so much hate and contempt for Batman from any writer before reading King's sad excuse of a run. So much stupidity, inconsistencies, and absurd mischaracterization. King truly does not get any of these characters or the Batman world as a whole.
He still thinks he is being clever and meta by having the characters lampshade their own quirks and other things they are known for, but all that accomplishes is making it seem as if the characters are actors pretending to be Batman and the Penguin, who believe that they can break character at any moment to get a laugh out of their audience. I have never read a Gotham less authentic and fake. Who knows that might end up being the big twist at the end.
Also, King's obsession with marriage rears its head once again. He wanted to draw parallels between the Penguin and Batman, and did not know of any other way of doing it aside from killing Penguin's none existing wife
King's Batman continues to be laughably written. Batman is always portrayed as a bumbling idiot who is completely clueless to everything happening around him, and with the emotional maturity of a 5 years old. That entire scene with Bane and Gordon was nothing short of wretched. King has zero understanding, love, or respect for any of these characters or the world they inhabit
Plus Bleeding Cool just posted this :
I obviously disagree with the notion that Batman will die in 100, I think that will occur in 75. However if King's story is to have any meaning then Bane has to deliver the final blow. If Gotham Girl does it(even at Bane's behest) then this whole build up would amount to absolutely nothing.
Hey, this actually makes a lot of sense. King seems to have an "end" in mind, he just does not know how to get to it. He knows he wants to do it in at least a 100 issues, but that is all he knows.
He is obsessed with the idea of doing something with Batman that he will be remembered for. He wants to be the guy who had Batman married or the guy who returned Bane to his former glory. Something that would look good in a headline.
That is why there is so much filler in this run that is supposed to be so jam packed not even a 100 issues are enough. That is also why there are so many ass pulls in his writing. He writes Batman like a moron, but he seems to think that him pulling the "I AM BATMAN" meme is his get out of jail card.
With that being said, I disagree with the article insinuating that people just don't get the brilliance of King's run. His run is by far the worst that I have ever read, and no end will ever justify the terrible writing plaguing the title since its beginning. Bane nominally returning to his former glory won't amount to much when his entire time was spent making nonsensical plans about ruining weddings.
It's sad to see people still trying to push this tired narrative about how the readers are simply not evolved enough to understand King's writing.