By: Sydney D
Okay, so there are equally as great if not better storytelling out there in the comic book multiverse (sorry, couldn’t help myself), but Dark Nights: Metal does bring a fresh take on the ideal of multiple universes and the- until now- unanswered question of “Well are there worlds with dark versions of our fearless heroes??”. And the answer is hell yes, but not only that but with an exception to Barbatos, Bruce Wayne is the baddest of the bad.
Now I can see the ones who only watch the movies or haven’t touched a DC comic in years scratching your heads. Don’t worry I was both of you when I first read about the comics (having taken a comic book hiatus in 2010 and again in 2016), so to catch you all up here is what happened to lead to this point: (Disclaimer: I copied and pasted the following quote from here, to get a even more in depth idea of what happens just read the comics)
“Hal Jordan is summoned by Ganthet to investigate a dark presence that he senses on Earth, the location of which is revealed to be the Batcave. Upon his arrival, he meets Duke Thomas. As they investigate, they stumble upon a hidden room in the Batcave, where they hear a mysterious voice that lures them in. This leads them to a cell where Batman has imprisoned the Joker.
Meanwhile, Batman has been investigating random frequencies that have appeared across the Earth, which he believes are a part of a bigger mystery that he has been investigating for years regarding mysterious metals and dark energy. He enlists the help of Mister Terrific to collect more data from Earth-Two. After discussing with him, he realizes that he needs to use the Anti-Monitor tower at Superman's Fortress of Solitude to further his investigations.
Batman continues his investigation by seeking Hephaestus, the Greek god of blacksmiths, in Athens, but learns from Wonder Woman that the Greek Gods have abandoned Earth. However, she has been given a weapon forged for Apollo called the Sunblade, that she has been instructed to give to Batman. This leads him to an encounter with Talia Al Ghul, where he is able to trade the Sunblade for a dagger forged by the wizard Shazam. It is made of one of the metals Batman has been searching for.
Back in the Batcave, the Joker has escaped his cell, and appears to have deeper knowledge of the unraveling mystery. He proceeds to smash a machine that Batman has built, claiming that it will herald the end of the world. A fight ensues, which where it is revealed that Duke is a metahuman with the power to become luminescent and see light constructs of his surroundings. It ends when the Joker suddenly disappears. Batman returns and explains that he needed the machine to peer into the source of visions had been seeing from the dark multiverse. Duke is able to use his newfound ability to see a blueprint of the machine. Hal gives him his Green Lantern Ring, so that he is able to reconstruct it. This ends with Batman receiving a vision of complete darkness, while a group of dark figures exclaim that the seal has been broken and that the Dark Knights are coming, implying that Batman opened up a door to the dark multiverse. “
Now that we are all caught up and ready to rumble, I can now explain to you why I think Dark Nights: Metal is an awesome comic book series. (Note: It’s technically a story line, since the story line crosses over several actual comic book series. But for the sake of grammar, space, and my sanity, I’ll refer to it as a series.) Time to break out the bullet points!!
Introducing the dark multiverse, opens up new opportunists for story lines and comic series. For one, I heard a theory here**, that the dark multiverse resets itself after being destroyed. And in the comic book itself TBWL hints at the idea that the dark multiverse is just a reflection of the light multiverse. A perversion of reality. So with the introduction of the dark multiverse we now have at least seven years worth of new ideas and takes that can be introduced.
** I actually could not find it, but I do know it was on CBR's website!!
5. NO MORE TROPES
Not that DC is famous for sticking to tropes or anything, because they're not. BUT, for the most part the good guy saves the day in the end. In this comic, there actually looks like there is no way to save the day at all, short of time travel (Barry why haven't you thought of that yet???). The Justice League is without their leader, some people are dead (I'm trying to keep this spoiler free), and the only choice is to fight and lose or just give up and lose. So I think it will be pretty interesting to see how this goes. I mean obviously there is either going to be a good ending, or bad. That's ever story, I am just simply looking forward to how Scott Snyder approaches it.
6. The Batman Who Laughs
Did ya'll really think I was going to make and end a list without making an entire bullet for this guy???
I'll be the first to admit that I- like 90% of DC fans- hold Joker in my top five favorite villains. When he's interpreted right he is a psychotic mastermind that doesn't care. So of course I've imagined what it would be like if the Batman and Joker ever combined. Between fan art you can find online and unique cosplay, it's crossed everyone mind once or twice.
So I can happily say I am not disappointed with Snyder's version of a Batman/Joker hybrid. It's downright frightening, and I love it.
Having Joker's nonexistent morals combined with Batman's intellect and inside knowledge about the Justice League* is something nightmares are truly made of. I'll probably do a more deep analysis about this character in my upcoming theories post. But if I'm honest between Barbatos and TBWL, I'd be a bit more afraid of The Batman Who Laughs.
* I'm also including Task Force X and Teen Titans in this statement.
Okay, so give yourself a pat on the back if you read this far! I know this was a super long post and it was mostly opinion but I just really felt like sharing. Anyways, thank you for reading and if you have any comic book recommendations or thoughts on this particular one I was taking about leave a comment below!!
A 18-year old who spends most of my time reading and taking photos. Most of what I write here is just things that I personally hope is interesting, important, or at the very least funny.
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