With Justice League coming out this weekend, we thought we would discuss a Justice League story. We picked Mark Waid’s Tower of Babel. This story appeared in JLA 43-46, with the trade including some other issues, including a weird story about sentient bacteria. So, enjoy this story that may have cemented the calculating, distrusting Batman.
The origin stories of the Batmen from the Dark Multiverse continues with Batman The Drowned. Previously, we have had The Red Death, The Murder Machine, The Dawnbreaker, and The Drowned. With The Merciless, Batman has gained the power of Ares, the God of War.
Generally, I love Peter Tomasi’s writing. And let me just off the bat (ha), that this is a well written issue. I have no problems with the story. It all makes sense. My problem stems from something that they decided to leave out of the issue. In past reviews, I frequently preach that storytellers should show, and not tell. It is something I was taught, and was an idea that stuck with me. Sometimes, alluding to, or hinting at, works. Here, Batman’s internal narration is used to surprise the reader, and it does not work nearly as well as if we had actually seen the scene describe. (more…)
The origin stories of the Batmen from the Dark Multiverse continues with Batman The Drowned. Previously, we have had The Red Death, The Murder Machine, and The Dawnbreaker. With The Drowned, we are introduced to Bryce Wayne, and she has gained the powers of Aquaman. Well, in her Earth, it was Aquawoman. It is a gender-swapped Earth.
We meet Bryce Wayne sometime after the death of her love, Sylvester Kyle (get it, a male Selina Kyle). Sylvester’s death was “caused” by Rogue Metas, who I assume would be that Earth’s Justice League. I use quotes there because what exactly happened is not clear. And there is reason to believe that she may not be telling the full story. Normally, I would want to see what happened. A page of action. But I actually like the mystery here. It is played upon later in the issue, when we see what lead to Bryce gaining the powers of Aquawoman. (more…)
Scott 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…)
The 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…)
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…)