Dark Nights

Dark Nights: Batman The Devastator

Batman the Devastator coverDC’s Dark Nights event continues with Batman the Devastator, written by Frank Tieri and James Tynion, art by Tony S. Daniel, Daniel Miki, and Tomeu Morey.  With the previous 5 of the Dark Batmen, they have taken on the powers of other Justice League members.  Things are a bit different with the final two.  Here, The Devastator doesn’t take on the powers of Superman.  Rather, he has infected himself with the Doomsday virus.  The timing of the issue jumps around a bit.  It starts with shortly after the events of Flash #33, which part 1 of the “Bats Out of Hell” story line.  It then goes to yesterday on Earth-0, then the past on Earth -1, then back to yesterday, and ending up today.  I’ll tell the tale in chronological order for simplicity.  (more…)

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Dark Nights: The Flash #33

Flash 33 cover

cover by Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright

The second of the Dark Nights tie-in crossovers, “Bats Out of Hell,” begins in The Flash #33.  We last left off in Metal #3 with The Flash helping Superman get to where Batman is being held, while the rest of the heroes have split up to find deposits of the Nth metal, as that seems to be able to defeat the Dark Batmen.

This issue actually picks up a little bit before the end of Metal #3.  The Flash and Superman are running to gain energy to open the portal.  The Flash is very hopeful that this is going to work.  Superman thinks he can save Batman, and The Flash believes in Superman.  Of course, anyone who has read Metal knows that things go horribly wrong.  But The Flash doesn’t know, so it builds a bit of anticipation in that, we know the plan has already been shot all to hell.  So, how else will things go awry?  (more…)

Dark Nights: Batman The Merciless

Batman the Merciless coverThe 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…)

Dark Nights: Batman The Drowned

Batman the Drowned coverThe 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…)

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…)

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: Green Arrow #32

Green Arrow 32 coverWith the release of Green Arrow #32, the “Gotham Resistance” story line comes to a close.  You can find the previous parts in Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, and Suicide Squad #26.  We last left our heroes as they were trying to escape the Dark Robin, with Croc staying behind to attempt to hold him off.  They were about to be in the Mad Hatter’s realm when Mr. Terrific showed up, bringing fair play back and everything.

Mr. Terrific helps them escape through a portal, and fills them in on nearly everything that has been going on.  He tells them about all of the Dark Batman from the Dark Multiverse.  He tells them about the metal cards that the Batman Who Laughs has been handing out to Batman’s enemies for them to reshape Gotham.  He tells them that he believes their plan is to change the frequency of enough people at Challenger mountain, and this will cause the Earth to cease to exist in this Multiverse and go to the Dark Multiverse.  (more…)