Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance by Joshua Williamson

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Title: Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
Author: Joshua Williamson (Writer), Scott Snyder (Writer)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Days: The Road to MetalDark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder, and Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising are the first three events. This is the fourth and last.

We start out with Bruce Wayne talking to his granddaughter. She is interested in all of his stories, which he has written down over the years…not to be forgotten.

Superman went into the Dark Multiverse in order to save Batman. While he is there, the Justice League is doing their part back on Earth. However, “The One Who Laughs” aka “Joker Batman” separates them, brings them into the Dark Multiverse, and creates their own worst nightmares.

 

I really loved that each section of the book represented a different member of DC comics and the battle they had with Batman’s nightmares (some Batman versions of themselves). My brain is completely random, so the different trains of thoughts keep me entertained.

 

One member of the Justice League defies all odds and helps to rescue the Justice League, all of them banding together against the Batman Nightmares. On the other side of the Earth, the Teen Titans and the Suicide Squad join forces to defeat Nightmare Robin. 

Gotham has turned into a giant mountain surrounded by multiple rings. Each ring represents Batman’s greatest rogues. Robin is on a mission to get to the center and defeat all of his father’s rogues. Will he make it? 

I really enjoyed this event and how it intertwined previous comics into it. However, as a standalone, it doesn’t leave the reader fulfilled because it doesn’t end with this event, but in another comic. I wish the resolution was present in this addition. Also, I feel it should have ended with old Bruce Wayne and his grandchild finishing the story.

Expected publication date is July 3, 2018.

Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising by Peter J. Tomasi

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Title: Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
Author: Peter J. Tomasi (Author), Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Tyler Kirkham, Ethan Van Sciver, Dan Abnett (Illustrator), Frank Tieri (Illustrator), Carmine Di Giandomenico (Illustrator), Tony Daniel (Illustrator), Ricardo Federici (Illustrator), Francis Manapul (Illustrator), Philip Tan (Illustrator), Riley Rossmo (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Days: The Road to Metal and Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder are the first two events. This is the third.

Barbatos rules the Dark. If Batman can rid of the Light, Barbatos has promised to bring Bruce Wayne’s parents back.

The truth is, we’re only here because the world was dark enough to dream us into existence. Because deep down, it needed us. To protect them from themselves.

Batman has multiple personality disorder in this event:

  • Flash Batman “Red Death”stole his reality’s Speed Force from The Flash (one of my favorite superheroes and I would want his super power).
  • Cyborg Batman “The Murder Machine”: bent on killing everyone with the many Alfred clones.
  • Joker Batman “The Man Who Laughs”never taking anything seriously and always the last word. The evil mastermind of the group.
  • Green Lantern Batman “Dawnbreaker”set on destroying the man who killed his parents. He quickly becomes a hero until his willingness to kill takes over.
  • Aquaman Batman “The Drowned”a female sea creature.
  • Wonder Woman Batman “The Merciless”: vows to kill Ares and destroy his helmet, but ends up choosing himself as a god and wears the helmet. 
  • Doomsday Batman “The Devastator”: monster who thinks that Superman is the problem.

 

No one is beyond saving.

The Joker plans to make something out of the best traits of both himself and Batman. When Batman killed the Joker, a new strain of Nanotoxic was released from the dead body. This virus makes the victims more like the Joker. Whoever killed the Joker, would become him.

 

 

The Laughing Batman (aka the Joker Batman) is the ringleader of this big circus. So why are all of the other Batmans following his lead? They believe that helping will make them heros (how easily misguided they were). The world is dying. Detective Chimp is on the case. Will he be able to solve the crime before it is too late?

I wanted to love this. I really did. And I really like that the “Dark Knights” were versions of other DC heros we have come to love over the years. I’m kind of lost about why Detective Chimp has a role, really. But then again, I’m not a big fan of monkeys. It had me loving it until the last 50 pages. 😦

The expected publication date is June 26, 2018.

 

 

Book Reviews

Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal) by Scott Snyder

Title: Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal)
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I liked this comic much better than the first in the event, Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder. Everything tied together and didn’t have your brain going in a million different directions. Action-packed scene after action-packed scene, Snyder left me wanting more after each one.

Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, is once again our narrator, but we finally understand the reasoning behind his “diary”. We find ourselves back in the dark universe of Batman. Honestly, he is kind of depressing in this event. He is still hiding things from the rest of the Justice League on his journey to find the Nth metal. But is Batman being used by the powerful god Barbatos to create a portal to Batmen? 

Batman, being his selfish self in this event, gets lured into a trap and it’s up to the Justice League to save him. Clark Kent, aka Superman, to the rescue. Kent comes to find an older Batman (I’m still curious to know how Batman aged and then was his good ol’ self again later. Some clarification would be nice). While the Nth metal is the goal, will new discoveries be uncovered to depict a weapon in disguise?

Probably the best lesson learned from this comic is that true friendship lasts. No matter what wrongs were made, the Justice League has each others’ backs. And I love the tie-in of the characters (Aquaman and the Flash make my knees weak).

One thing I wish I could change…I wish there was more Joker and less Hawkgirl…I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but the whole time I was thinking, “Shut up, Hawkgirl! You act like you’re the smartest, but how many times have you died?!” Although I love the Joker, the Joker Dragon was a little much, I have to admit.

What will happen next with the Dark Knights? Will the Jusice League be able to stop them with this new metal?

The expected publication date is June 12, 2018.

 

Book Reviews

Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder

Title: Dark Days: The Road to Metal
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), James Tynion IV, Jim Lee (Illustrator), Andy Kubert (Illustrator), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Batman and the rest of the Justice League (Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, etc.) are back at it again in this new DC Epic! 

Batman is being sketchy. So what exactly is his secret? Is it war or something else?

The beginning of the comic starts with a new theory that Batman is up to something. But what could it be? As Batman goes on his journeys, we begin to discover the truth behind his beginnings. But how is it all related to the other characters? Carter, aka Hawkman, recounts this brief history before one of his premeditated deaths. 

The Joker is after a precious metal that dates well back into the history of Earth. By delving back into the history of the bat (and other symbols…one including our Hawk friends…could this be how the rivalry came about?), we see the powers of this precious resource. So how can it be obtained now? Can it be manufactured or is it indigenous? Will Batman be able to find the roots to this mystery before the Joker and his gang?

One thing that I found unique and haven’t seen in any of the other comics I’ve read before (I’m not super experienced) is that there are references to other comics throughout, which help the audience gear up for some big event that is coming next. 

As usual, probably the best thing about comics is the artwork. This rings true to this comic. Bringing in the older issues really makes it unique when describing the current event and gives the reader a background to the story, especially if they haven’t read the historical issue in the past. 

Not having read some of the previous comics, I can see how this may be a little confusing as a standalone and to someone only just beginning their journey into comics.

The ending…ah! For those of you who know me, you know I love my Gotham villains. And of course, my favorite, the Joker is back at it in this issue! Mind blown of how I think it will all come together in the next issues. Hello conspiracy theory!

Can Batman exist without Joker? What will end up happening to Batman? How are all of the other heroes related? We will have to read the other comics to find out!

The expected publication date is May 22, 2018.