We have come to part 2 of the “Gotham Resistance” story tie-in to Metal. If you haven’t read part 1, check out my recap of Teen Titans #12. Again, I think I made a mistake in reading order. I read this after reading Batman: The Red Death, and this just seems slower in comparison. But it’s not. Not really. It’s a fine comic, telling the second part of a fine story.
Having got past Riddler, our merry band of “heroes” (Robin, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc) come across Nightwing. They fight a giant ice monster, and then follow some mysterious metallic ball that Nightwing has been following. Also, you should note that Nightwing’s head wound from an encounter with Dr. Hurt has reappeared. This chase leads them to Mr. Freeze, and more freaking ice giants. But more importantly, it leads them to an armory of the Court of Owls that is full of weapons made out THE metal. I assume Nth Metal, but I suppose Nightwing and Robin may not know what it’s called. Batman may not have told them that much info. If so, kudos to the writer, Tim Seeley for not for not randomly giving them knowledge. They come out of the armory all armored up, and are able to defeat Freeze. Nightwing is worried that if Batman is the gateway for Barbatos, then he might be the weapon.
Meanwhile, the Teen Titans are still trying to protect citizens when they run into the Suicide Squad, who are looking for Harley and Croc. They both run into the group of evil Robins with the “main” evil Robin. The issue ends with both groups having been possessed, maybe by the evil Robins. At least, that’s what I think happens. There’s definitely an evil version of the Squad and Teen Titans at the end, and only those that were attacked by the Robins. And the main evil Robin said the following, “the name of the dark is Robin, and he dwells within all of you.” We then don’t see them again until the end. So, I think something happened to them to turn them into the “dark” versions of themselves.
Next time, I will read part 3 before anything else. This issue did seem to flow better than part 1, but it does run into one of my pet peeves with cross-overs. When you have different writers writing each part, it’s going to be difficult to maintain consistency in story-telling. Here, the issue goes heavy into Nightwing’s inner monologue. A little too heavy, in my opinion. In a normal issue of Nightwing, that’s no big deal. But this isn’t a normal issue of Nightwing. It’s a crossover and a tie-in. It should be able to combine the other parts to form a seamless story. A writer sticking with their normal writing style may hinder that.
But anyways, part 2 of “Gotham Resistance” is fine. I am starting to be curious about where this story ends up, which is better than where I was for part 1. I do think it should have been told by one writer, but I also understand that logistics probably prohibit that.