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Dark Nights: Metal #3

DC Metal 3 coverScott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic power ballad continues with Metal #3.  If you are not caught up with the series, you can check out my reviews of Metal #1 and Metal #2.  We last left off with Batman inadvertently opening the portal to the Dark Multiverse, allowing the Dark Batmen to enter, and cause all kinds of chaos (check out Gotham Resistance or the Dark Batmen origins).

This story starts in a dream. Damian Wayne and Jon Kent are rocking out as their parents, along with Diana wait for the rest of the Justice League to arrive to celebrate their victory in the war.  But that celebration is short lived as they notice Bruce beginning to bleed in the shape of a bat.  As he says “Carpe Diem,” Barbatos springs from Bruce, leaving Superman to fight him, again.  Superman has been fighting Barbatos continuously for what has seemed like a lifetime, until Wonder Woman pulls him from a tower of people.  (more…)

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Dark Nights: Batman The Dawnbreaker

Batman The Dawnbreaker coverThe origins of the Dark Batmen, the Dark Knights, continues with Batman The Dawnbreaker.  In this issue, a Batman of the Dark Multiverse has a Green Lantern ring.  We have previously seen Batman gain use of the Speed Force (Batman The Red Death) and cybernetic abilities (Batman The Murder Machine).  So, how did the Batman of Earth -32 (negative 32) get a hold of a Green Lantern ring?  Simple, it chose him.

As the mugger kills Bruce Wayne’s parents, young Bruce realizes that he feels nothing.  Not even fear.  It is just a void inside of him.  A Green Lantern ring mistakes this lack of fear as overcoming fear, and selects Bruce Wayne.  Now having possibly the most powerful weapon in the universe, Bruce tries to get revenge on the mugger.  Initially, the ring resists, because it is prohibited from using lethal force.  However, Bruce’s will overpowers the ring, and the void that is within him begins to inhabit the ring.  (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…)

Dark Nights: Metal #2

DC Metal 2We last left off with this series learning that the Metal title was in reference to at least the Nth Metal, and was connected to a substance know as Dark Matter from a Dark Multiverse.  Batman being Batman decided to be all Batmany about it and rushed off on his own to try solve this crisis.  (It’s DC, we might as well call it a crisis.)

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic, Metal, continued this week with issue #2.  This issue continues the quick pace established in the first issue, weaving together action, exposition, and witty one-liners into another fantastic issue.  Here’s what you need to know about, though you should know that Damian is totally winning in this issue.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #56 – Batman Hush

In this week’s episode, I fill Anthony in on the Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee Batman story, Hush.  Originally appearing in Batman #608-619, Hush is great example of both Loeb and Lee’s finer work.  Loeb’s dialog is interesting and engaging, getting at the heart of what Batman is feeling and thinking during this story.  Lee’s artwork is as beautiful as ever.  We wrap up by spending a few minutes discussing Netflix’s Death Note movie.

 

DC Metal #1

DC Metal 1Not going to lie.  When I found out that DC Metal was going to be featuring Nth metal and dark matter, I was a little disappointed.  I was really hoping that the Justice League was going to forming a rock band and going on tour.  You can’t honestly tell me that you would not read that.

But anyways, this story starts with the Justice League on a recently created Warworld, and are forced to fight in Mongul’s gladiator pits.  They are pitted against creations of the Toyman, but he built into the robots an easy way out.  The League finds these buttons, go into the robots, and join up to form Voltron.  Or something.  But it was fun.  (more…)