Since it’s announcement, I’ve been excited to dive into DC’s new anthology series Tale From the Dark Multiverse. I’m happy to say, despite high expectations, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall does not disappoint.
Written by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall is a mix of “What If” and a tease of DC’s next “Crisis” event. Tempus Fuginaut plays the role of the Watcher introducing the story and delivering an epilogue. Each issue takes on an iconic DC event set in a world in the Dark Multiverse, in this case “Knightfall” which saw Batman’s back broken by Bane and Jean-Paul Valley taking over as Batman.
Instead of Bruce regaining the mantle, in this version Valley continues to be Batman defeating Bruce and then turning Gotham into a religious fascist-like state. A champion must rise to defeat him and one does in the son of Bane.
It’s an interesting story and solid start to this new line of comics. The one issue is it’s too short. There’s concepts that are a bit too quick and not explored enough and as a whole the story is a bit compacted. It could have used an extra issue if not an oversized one. Still, it’s an entertaining one and done story.
What’s surprising is the brutality of the story. There’s some over the top action and concepts that are definitely not kid friendly. The twists towards the end put the “dark” into Dark Multiverse. Snyder and Higgins nail the twisted tone set when we were introduced to this perverted multiverse.
The art by Javier Fernandez is solid. The colors by Alex Guimarães are solid along with the lettering by Clayton Cowles. What particularly stands out is the subtle addition of a religious/church vibe to it all which we see in Valley’s Batcave. The changing of colors too evoke the fact this isn’t the main multiverse but something different. Finally, the design of certain characters (no spoilers here!) are really original and interesting. There’s just a dark ominous tone to the art which fits the story and setting so well.
While a bit too short, the comic is a solid start and beginning to build to something big. This isn’t just a series of one-shot comics, there’s something else there that’s coming down the road making these all the more interesting. This is a comic anyone can pick up and just enjoy and for those who have been reading DC’s master story, it’s one you probably won’t want to miss.
Story: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins Art: Javier Fernandez
Colors: Alex Guimarães Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy