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Review: Batman: The Red Death #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?

Dark Nights: Metal #2 introduced us to twisted version of Batman stemming from the Dark Multiverse and in a series of one-shots we get to find out more about each of them. If Batman: The Red Death is any indication as to what’s to come, DC is bringing their A-game and then some.

Written by Joshua Williamson this issue is an origin of this Flash meets Batman as we get to see how Red Death came to be and we get our first real glimpse of the Dark Multiverse.

Williamson delivers and then some packing so much into the issue it’s impressive as to how much is there. We get to see the origin, the universe, the world, get some motivation, a lot of action, it’s just a hell of a lot and entertaining from cover to cover. What’s even greater is that Williamson infuses a horror vibe into it all extending the vibe writer Scott Snyder set in the main event series. It’s creepy and slightly off and at the same time, familiar. This is the stuff of nightmares made mainstream. But, even through those nightmares, Williamson still gives us heroics and a bit of hope. This isn’t “dark” just to be “dark,” there’s so much more there that makes it more.

Williamson is helped by Carmine Di Giandomenico who brings his Flash style to the issue and holy crap is it awesome. Can we get him on a Batman book? There’s just a flow to it all that ups the action and delivers with every panel. Add in the utter destruction and detail, it all adds up into art that enhances the story’s setting and overall vibe.

Coming out the other side of the issue, I want more of this nightmarish Dark Multiverse. No matter what happens at the end of Metal, this issue alone has me wanting to see DC explore these worlds more and give us the dark twisted versions of our heroes I never knew I wanted.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico Cover: Jason Fabok
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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