Dark Nights: Batman The Murder Machine

Batman the murder machine coverBatman The Murder Machine is the second of Dark Batmen origin tie-in series for Metal.  It was written by Frank Tieri and James Tynion IV, and drawn by Riccardo Federici.  If you haven’t read Metal, then I suggest you do.  But know that at the end of Metal #2, Batman from the Dark Multiverse came through a portal.  The first origin issue was Batman The Red Death.  In that issue, a Batman was trying to steal the Speed Force from The Flash.  In this issue, Things aren’t so clear cut.

Here, we have a Batman that is constantly re-watching a recording of his rogues gallery killing Alfred.  The Justice League try to get him to come to terms with it.  Instead, he approaches Victor Stone about something he had been working on.  He had created scan of Alfred’s mind, but needed Cyborg’s help bringing it online.  Thinking Batman could use his father figure, Cyborg helps him.  Of course, things go terribly wrong.  (more…)

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Dark Nights: Suicide Squad #26

Suicide Squad 26 cover

Cover by Stjepan Stejic

We have come to part 3 of the Metal tie-in “Gotham Resistance” story.  For the previous parts, check out my reviews of Teen Titans #12 and Nightwing #29.  We last left our intrepid band of do-gooders (Robin, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc) having just defeated Mr. Fries.  They found another metallic card, and were continuing their search for Batman.

The issue opens with a scene showing Amanda Waller sending the Suicide Squad to Gotham, because things have gotten weird, and she does not know why.  I’m not sure why this was needed.  I think by this point, it was safe to assume that Waller had at some point sent the Squad to Gotham to check things out.  The only thing you really get out of it is Croc saying that Gotham isn’t his city.  This comes back up later on.  (more…)

Dark Nights: Nightwing #29

Nightwing 29 cover

Cover by Stjepan Sejic

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.   (more…)

Dark Nights: Batman The Red Death

Batman The Red Death cover

Cover by Jason Fabok and Dean White

With the release of Batman: The Red Death, we have our first of the Dark Batmen origin stories.  If you haven’t already, I encourage you to check out our recaps of Metal #1 and Metal #2.  Otherwise, this story may not make a whole lot of sense.

The Batmen of the Dark Multiverse seem to make up their own Justice League, or sorts, each with the power or a normal Justice League member.  So it seems.  This all may have been explained better elsewhere, I don’t really read news articles on upcoming stories.  First, I don’t like to be spoiled on any details.  Second, I shouldn’t need to have an explanation going in for the story to make sense.

Anyways, The Red Death has the power of The Flash, and this is the story of how he got that power.  (more…)

Terrible, but effective disguises

The following screenshot is from the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Vendetta.”  Killer Croc is trying to frame Det. Harvey Bullock for a couple of disappearances/murders. This is how he enters GCPD, to fool the officer on duty.

Batman TAS Vendetta Killer Croc disguise as Bullock

Looks just like Harvey Bullock, right?

Spot on, right?  There’s no way anyone would suspect that that person wasn’t Bullock.  Sure, the face is weirdly hidden, but look at the shirt.  Croc also has the hat, the jacket, and the correct tie.  It’s foolproof.  Actually, I am a little curious as to how Croc came across these items of clothing.  Did he walk into a clothing store in a different disguise and purchase these clothes?  I wouldn’t think he stole them from somewhere.  Wouldn’t want to raise suspicions.  So many questions, so few answers.