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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is the latest Dark Nights: Death Metal one-shot that’s better than the main story. Focusing on the hit Robin King character, we learn more about his history and his relationship with The Batman Who Laughs.

The issue is an interesting one. We dive further into this twisted version of Bruce Wayne and “Batman”. Bruce is the one who killed his parents. From there goes on a mission to take on the adult heroes and their rules. There’s a brilliance to it all and we get to see why the Robin King is so good at what he does. Like Batman, he plans, and plans a lot. But, that’s both good and bad.

Writer Peter J. Tomasi handles the main story and adds depth to the breakout character. We get a vision and a mission and it’s one that’s consistent. With distrust of adults and rules and wanting the children to rise up, Robin King has a distrust of everyone. That includes The Batman Who Laughs. With that small detail, Tomasi gives us someone who can rival that character and likely will be a thorn in his side down the road. He’s more than just another evil Batman now. The crumbs for what’s to come are sprinkled here. Like the other one-shots, Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is going to be a vital chapter in Dark Nights: Death Metal.

What Tomasi also does is deliver a chaotic glee about everything. Robin King has a kid-like excitement about the carnage and destruction. The attitude and actions make sense and are fun in a weird way. We see heroes murdered and there’s a bit of humor about it. That’s partially due to Tomasi’s writing but also the art by Riley Rossmo.

Rossmo is joined by Ivan Plascencia on color and Rob Leigh on lettering. Rossmo’s distinctive style with Plascencia’s colors creates a chaotic symphony of destruction visually. There’s an almost Looney Tunes feel about it all as Robin King’s joy explodes off the page. Rossmo’s character style adds to that and what could easily be gore and horror comes off as over the top humor. The glee with which the art presents Robin King too is somewhat infectious. Mixed with his at times child-like innocence, there’s a combination of a comic that’s reminiscent of 90s Bisley Lobo, a celebration of over the top destruction.

The issue also features a second story, “The Quiet Ones.” Featuring Signal, it has him going up against a new evil Batman we haven’t seen before. It too feels like a key moment that’ll have an impact down the road as the character “rights” his power and gets focus. Written by Tony Patrick with art by Daniel Sampere, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering from Andworld Design, it’s another story that probably should be in the main comic but is relegated to this one-shot.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is an odd comic like many of the one-shots. It’s likely an important part of the story filling in key moments not in the main comic. There’s clearly things here that’ll have an impact down the road and play in to what’s to come. But, at the same time, I’m not sure how you would add any of this to the main series. Even adding an issue, it’s too much of a side quest focus to keep the flow of that going. It’s also far more entertaining than what we’ve seen there. It’s focus on a few characters allows them to have depth delivering a comic that feels like it’s more about the character than the gimmick. That’s something that has plagued Dark Nights: Death Metal as a whole.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1, like the other one-shots, stands out. If you want to learn more about Robin King, it’s out there but there’s just enough having to do with the main event, it also doesn’t stand on its own. Still, it’s an entertaining read that’s beyond insane and fun.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Tony Patrick Art: Riley Rossmo, Daniel Sampere
Color: Ivan Plascencia, Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh, Andworld Design
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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A Dark Interlude #1 Gets a Cover from Caspar Wijingaard

Vault Comics has announced two new gorgeous Caspar Wijingaard incentive covers for A Dark Interlude #1. Caspar’s cover art will come in two different versions: a regular cover will be available as a 1:15 variant, while a deluxe foil edition printed on thick card stock will be available as a 1:30 variant.

A Dark Interlude is the “not-quite-a-sequel” to Fearscape, co-created by writer Ryan O’Sullivan and artist Andrea Mutti with colors by Vladimir Popov, letters by Andworld, and design by Tim Daniel.

A Dark Interliude marks the return of comics most unreliable narrator and legendary jerk, Henry Henry.

After the stunning success of Fearscape, comes A Dark Interlude, the story of-No! The only offence to literature greater than the loathsome synopsis is the sequel. I will not stand idle while some poor excuse for an editor mangles and confuses my story, which is intact, perfect, and concluded, with this derivative drivel. Mark my words, this nonsense has nothing to do with my tale. I am not in it. I do not condone it. And you, dear reader, should not buy it.

-HH

Cover A (Kristantina): SEP201542
Cover B (Gooden & Daniel): SEP201543
Cover C (Isaacs): SEP201544
Cover D 1:15 (Wijingaard): SEP208238

Cover E 1:30 Foil (Wijingaard): SEP208239

A Dark Interlude #1 hits store shelves on November 11th.

Get an Early Look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3, Out November 11

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores November 11, 2020.

Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II are trapped in warp space, as they’re pursued by the mysterious government agent Richter. They have two choices – drop out of warp speed and risk being destroyed by Richter, or stay in warp until their engines explode from overheating. Who will survive long enough to discover a living God?

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #3 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo (and variant covers by fan favorite artists Toni Infante and Jeff Dekal.

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY’RE DEAD #3

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2 Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2, the latest issue of the new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him, has sold out of its first printing at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by artist Ben Oliver and available in stores November 4, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #2 Second Printing

Get an Early Look at Something is Killing the Children #11

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Something is Killing the Children #11, the launch of a brand new story arc in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about the close-knit community of Archer’s Peak, rocked by a series of murders, and Erica Slaughter, a mysterious figure who rides into town claiming she can stop the brutal attacks turning their lives upside down.

Erica’s gambit to save Archer’s Peak has failed. Now, the town is under the full control of the Order of St. George. And if the spread of the monsters can’t be contained, then the Order might move to eradicate the entire area…

Something is Killing the Children #11 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan-favorite artist Jenny Frison, Bengal, and Martin Simmonds with design by Dylan Todd. It comes to shelves on October 21, 2020.

Something is Killing the Children #11

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Goes Back for a Fourth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1, the first issue of the new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him, has sold out of its third printing at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Fourth Printing, featuring brand new cover art by series artist Di Meo and available in stores October 21, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 First Printing and We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Second Printing are available now exclusively at local comic book shops Print copies of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Third Printing will be available on September 30, 2020.

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 Fourth Printing

Get a First Look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores October 7, 2020.

Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II escape from their tyrannical government – and chart a course straight to the first living god they can find! But the only thing more dangerous than what lies ahead of them…is who follows behind them.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #2 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant covers by fan-favorite artists Toni Infante, and Rafael Albuquerque.

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY’RE DEAD #2

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead Sells Out of its Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1, the first issue of the new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him, has sold out of its second printing at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Third Printing, featuring brand new cover art by series artist Di Meo and available in stores September 30, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

Print copies of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 First Printing is available now. Print copies of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Second Printing will be available on September 23, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops.

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 Third Printing

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1, the first issue of the new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him, has sold out at the distributor level!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by superstar artist Dan Mora and available in stores September 23, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 First Printing will be available on September 2, 2020.

WE ONLY FIND THEM WHEN THEY’RE DEAD #1 SECOND PRINTING

BOOM! Studios Reveal a Surprise We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 Retailer “Thank You” Variant

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at a surprise one-per-store “Retailer Thank You variant” cover by series artist Simone Di Meo for We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing, Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores September 2, 2020.

Meet Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II, a spaceship that harvests resources from the giant corpses of alien gods found on the edge of human space. While other autopsy ships race to salvage the meat, minerals, and metals that sustain the human race, Malik sees an opportunity to finally break free from this system by being the first to find a living god. But Malik’s obsession with the gods will push his crew into danger at the darkest reaches of space—unless the rogue agent on their trail can stop them first…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 also features main cover art by series artist Di Meo and variant covers by fan-favorite artists Toni Infante, Christian Ward, Matías Bergara, and Jenny Frison.

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #1 "Thank You Retailer" variant
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