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Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

And with that, it seems like Tales From the Dark Multiverse has come to an end. For a while now, DC Comics has been delivering entertaining one-shots. Tales from the Dark Multiverse has given us “dark” takes on classic events of the DC Universe. The comics generally entertained with some stronger than others. The concept as a whole was a fun idea that delivered a bit of “what if?” with an Elseworlds feel. Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 seems to wrap up the concept with a Dark Multiverse version of Dark Nights: Metal.

The original Dark Nights: Metal was written by Scott Snyder. Snyder has a story credit along with writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Tales From the Dark Multiverse has been presented and framed by Tempus Fungnaut. Fugnaut’s a being whose role is search “the dark for a single spark of light”. Through the stories presented there has been lots of death and destruction and little hope. This issue attempts to deliver that as a group of heroes make a stand against Barbatos and his twisted “dragons”.

What’s interesting is Kelly and Lanzing deliver a take on Snyder’s concepts that’s a little bit easier to understand. Though the story is rather compressed, it does a good explanation of the villain Barbatos’ creation and the general events of the real Dark Nights: Metal.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 is the final stand against Barbatos with the final Justice League battling it out. Who remains is interesting and while there are hints at how they’ve remained the comic could have been helped by being expanded. Like so many of the Tales From the Dark Multiverse, the issue is worthy of being a miniseries or even more expanded issue or graphic novel. The comic is a bit too compressed in that way. Some great concepts that I’d love to see more of.

The comic also does a lot more on the “metal” concept. Snyder and the team of creators he’s worked with have often talked about the musical aspects of their two events. The events take on a “metal” attitude but neither has really played heavily on that concept. Here, it’s leaned into heavily with one weapon being a guitar reminiscent of guitar blasters of the past. Within one character we get more of the “metal” attitude than the whole of both of the real events this riffs off of.

The art by Karl Mostert is interesting. Mostert is joined by Trevor Scott and Norm Rapmund on ink, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and Andworld Design on lettering. Some of the design reminded me of the video game Brutal Legend but overall, there’s some solid concepts in characters and the world. There’s a death and destruction of it all without it being overly dark and depressed. The opening of the comic features a great use of panels and a character running from one to another. It helps speed along the story and really nails home what’s going on. The design of the comic overall has a very “rock and roll” feel about it while still delivering bright colors evoking a little bit of 70s van art in a good way.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1’s ending would lead me to believe this series of one-shots is done which is a shame. It provided an interesting outlet for creators to deliver something different, infusing a darker/horror/twisted take on classic DC stories. Who knows what lies on the other side of Dark Nights: Death Metal but here’s hoping it leaves space to explore more of the idea and let us see the adventures of The Final Knight.

Story: Scott Snyder, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Art: Karl Mostert Ink: Trevor Scott, Norm Rapmund
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Written by: Jackson Lanzing, Scott Snyder, Collin Kelly
Art by: Karl Mostert

In the event-defining epic Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League defeated the vile Barbatos and his Dark Knights to save our universe from sinking into the abyss of the Dark Multiverse. But…what if they failed? What if Barbatos reigned victorious? Enter an alternate timeline where the DCU as you know it has been dragged down into the darkness. Witness the Justice League you once knew, hideously transformed into dragons who serve at the mercy of evil. Duke Thomas, the Last Monitor, will have to seek out Nightwing and the few remaining survivors of the Metal event to assemble the Final Justice League in an attempt to save the Multiverse. Featuring a story by Metal architect Scott Snyder, rising stars Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and art by red-hot artist Karl Mostert, you won’t want to miss the biggest, loudest arena rock concert in the history of the DC Universe!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Mike Perkins

When the Anti-Monitor’s deadly grudge match with the Multiverse was finally foiled, there was only one Earth left! But which Earth? That was crucial to what would happen next. In one timeline, Earth-1’s Superman stopped the Superman of Earth-2 from going into final battle, but in the Dark Multiverse, it’s Jor-L of Earth-2 who survives, changing the landscape for all that follows. When Surtur comes looking to crush all life, the beleaguered heroes jump into their next big battle, jumping from one Crisis to the next…but will the last days of the Justice Society of America play out differently if Green Lantern Alan Scott can step into the darkness?

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint

DC Comics’ Tales From the Dark Multiverse have been fun, twisted takes on infamous storylines. Some entries have been better than others. Overall, it’s been interesting to see where creators take a known story and what they can do with the premise. Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint has Bryan Hitch writing and providing pencils for the world-changing event.

In this version of Flashpoint, Barry Allen doesn’t regain his powers. This leaves the Reverse-Flash to roam this world and do with as he pleases. Hitch takes things to interesting places using the over-sized issue as best he can. Like so many previous one-shots, this is a story that could easily have been a mini-series on its own. A lot is packed into the issue. While it doesn’t deliver a punch, it does entertain, especially for those that have read the original.

While Hitch as a writer and artist can be hit or miss for me, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint is a solid entry into that world. There’s a logical progression that Hitch takes things as we see Eobard Thawne take advantage of the situation. But, more importantly, we get a debate about the “hope” that Barry Allen represents. Barry’s “hope” created Flashpoint and Thawne points out that hope was actually selfishness. That gets juxtaposed with this version of Batman which is Thomas Wayne who lost his son Bruce in the alley and his wife breakdown after. There’s something interesting and tragic about it all as we know the damage Barry did and wonder if Thawne and Thomas will repeat his mistakes. We also get to see more of what drives Thawne and he finds a new opponent in Wayne.

Hitch’s art is solid as well. While he doesn’t quite bring the motion that so many others do on the Flash, there’s a great use of Thawne’s movement in the art. There’s also the “doom” of Flashpoint without causing the comic to be a downer. This is a drab, depressing world, but Hitch doesn’t drag the comic down by focusing too much in that. The colors of Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper instead give us oranges, reds, and yellows, that create a mood without the comic itself being moody.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint does a solid job of revisiting Flashpoint and taking it in a logical direction that’s not just annihilation and war. There’s an intriguing idea behind what Bryan Hitch has created and where the story leaves it. It also creates some intriguing possibilities for the future and Thawne’s character. Like so many of the other “Tales From”, this is a “dark” world I wouldn’t mind revisiting and hope we get to see more of it.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Bryan Hitch
Ink: Andrew Currie, Scott Hanna Color: Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Bryan Hitch

Spinning out of the events of a world where a single choice by the Flash affected the entire DC Universe, find out what would have happened if Barry Allen had not put things right. In a world where the Flashpoint reality was never undone, where Thomas Wayne still haunts Gotham City as the Batman, and the Amazonian and Atlantean armies still prepare for war, will the Reverse-Flash embrace this darker, deadlier world and finally eclipse Barry Allen’s legacy?

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Written by: Vita Ayala
Art by: Ariel Olivetti

The realms of the gods have been turned upside down and inside out, on the verge of engulfing Earth and its people. Only one hero stands to defend it: Wonder Woman! But that is another world and another story. Behold the mirror image of this tale taking place in the Dark Multiverse, with a Wonder Woman who is ready to destroy it all! Cursed by the evil goddess of magic, Hecate, our beloved Diana has become a weapon of vengeance ready to tear down any god or superhero that stands in her way. Will Earth and its heroes survive her might? Or are they doomed to worship the dark princess of the Amazons for the rest of eternity?!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush

Tales from the Dark Multiverse Batman Hush

I love “what if” type comics. They’re simple in concept as they take a minor detail about a comic character and spin a whole new story and world out of it. It takes the familiar and makes something new and different. DC ComicsTales from the Dark Multiverse is a new take on that concept. Each one-shot takes a major storyline and delivers a new twist on them from the perspective of the Dark Multiverse. We know it’ll be a twisted tale, not necessarily tragic, but definitely, not a story that’ll leave up uplifted by the end. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush gives us a new spin on the modern “classic,” Batman: Hush.

In this twisted tale, after the murder of Bruce’s parents, he goes off to live with his best friend, Tommy Elliot’s family. There is no Alfred Pennyworth to raise him. Instead, Bruce deals with the trauma of the murder of his parents devolving into madness that has him winding up in Arkham Asylum.

What’s impressive about Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is how much of a world is fleshed out. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson could easily have focused on a story of revenge. Instead, there’s so much more. Gotham is an independent city-state with its own leadership and different place in the world. This isn’t the Gotham we normally know, instead, it’s a micro-state which allows for greater political intrigue and machinations. Johnson gives us much more than Batman just delivering justice but instead a Shakespearean tale of power, betrayal, and backstabbing action. There’s a lot of thought put into the world here and it’s the amount of detail that makes it really stand out.

Dexter Soy and Sergio Davila provide the art for the issue giving us a not quite horror style. The world and city feels like a land in battle. But, there’s a being that looms over it all, stalking and terrorizing individuals. Matt Santorelli provides the ink, Ivan Plascencia the color, and Troy Peteri the lettering. The style and the look of the world has detail about it that matches Johnson’s story.

The design of characters, locations, and vehicles have a well thought out aspect about them as if there was actual discussion about how this world operates. The haves are clearly delineated from the have nots in style and that extends to the detail of their location. The vehicles and weapons all have a utility about them as if they have an actual use in this world and it’s not just to look cool. Helicopter like transportation shuffles the wealthy across the skyline above those they rule below as an example.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is a story of detail. It absolutely could have used more pages for that. The history and training about this version of Batman is a little thin though his motivation is clear. It’s something I’d like to see more of. There’s a lot packed in here though as Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush is a one-shot comic you can just pick up and enjoy and ponder so much about this intriguing spin on a familiar world.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Dexter Soy, Sergio Davila
Ink: Matt Santorelli Color: Ivan Plascencia Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1

Written by: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Dexter Soy

Following the smash success of last year’s Tales from the Dark Multiverse series, DC returns with five new tales that explore dark, twisted timelines spinning out some of DC’s most iconic stories. It begins with the story that kicked off the modern era for Batman…“Hush”! The landmark story introduced Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot as he tried to destroy the Dark Knight…but what if Tommy had ruined Bruce’s life when they were children? Tommy Elliot grew up to be the Dark Prince of Gotham City with the help of Talia al Ghul, Oswald Cobblepot, Harvey Dent, and Jason Todd! But vengeance is coming in the form of Batman the Silenced…who will tear Tommy’s life apart! Written by rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God) with jaw-dropping artwork from Dexter Soy (Batman and the Outsiders)!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1

DC Reveals more Tales From the Dark Multiverse

Looks like the Dark Multiverse continues to have a lasting effect on the DCU, blemishing many of DC’s defining moments from across history. This December, the infection continues to fester, as the publisher announced three new titles to get the Dark Multiverse treatment this December.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: WAR OF THE GODS #1

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 1

In this 48-page, $5.99 Prestige Format one-shot, the realms of the gods have been turned upside down and inside out, on the verge of engulfing Earth and its people. Only one hero stands to defend it: Wonder Woman! But this dark mirror image of an epic tale features a Wonder Woman who is ready to destroy our world!

Cursed by the evil goddess of magic, Hecate, the Amazon warrior princess Diana has become a weapon of vengeance ready to tear down any god or superhero that stands in her way. Will Earth and its heroes survive her might? Or are they doomed to worship the dark princess of the Amazons for the rest of eternity?!

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: WAR OF THE GODS #1

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 15

When the Anti-Monitor’s deadly grudge match with the Multiverse was finally foiled, there was only one Earth left! But which Earth? That was crucial to what would happen next. In one timeline, Earth-1’s Superman stopped the Superman of Earth-2 from going into final battle, but in the Dark Multiverse, it’s Jor-L of Earth-2 who survives, changing the landscape for all that follows!

When Surtur comes looking to crush all life, the beleaguered heroes jump into their next big battle, jumping from one Crisis to the next…but will the last days of the Justice Society of America play out differently if Green Lantern Alan Scott steps into the darkness?

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1

Written by COLLIN KELLY, JACKSON LANZING and SCOTT SNYDER
Art by KARL MOSTERT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 29

In the event-defining epic Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League defeated the vile Barbatos and his Dark Knights to save our universe from sinking into the abyss of the Dark Multiverse. But… what if they failed? What if Barbatos reigned victorious? Enter an alternate timeline where the DCU as you know it has been dragged down into the darkness. Witness the Justice League you once knew, hideously transformed into dragons who serve at the mercy of evil.

Duke Thomas, the Last Monitor, will have to seek out Nightwing and the few remaining survivors of the Metal event to assemble the Final Justice League in an attempt to save the Multiverse. Featuring a story by Dark Nights: Metal architect Scott Snyder, rising stars Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and art by red-hot artist Karl Mostert, you won’t want to miss the biggest, loudest arena rock concert in the history of the DC Universe!

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1

All three of these titles are 48-page Prestige Format titles, each selling for $5.99. 

DC Delivers a First Look at Tales From the Dark Multiverse Batman: Hush and Flashpoint

Following the smash success of last year’s Tales from the Dark Multiverse series of one-shots, DC returns with more chronicles that explore dark and twisted versions of DC’s most memorable stories!

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 – On Sale November 3

It begins on November 3 with the story that kicked off the modern era for the Dark Knight, Batman: Hush, the landmark story that introduced Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot to the DC universe and his quest as he tried to destroy Batman!

But in this version, of the classic tale, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson  and artist Dexter Soy pose the question: What if Tommy had ruined Bruce Wayne’s life when they were children?

Tommy Elliot grew up to be the Dark Prince of Gotham City with help of Talia al Ghul, Oswald Cobblepot, Harvey Dent, and Jason Todd! But vengeance is coming in the form of Batman the Silenced…who will tear Tommy’s life apart! Written by rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God) with jaw-dropping artwork from Dexter Soy (Batman and the Outsiders)!

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by DEXTER SOY
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 11/3/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 – On Sale November 3

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1 – On Sale November 17

On November 17 the event that changed the game for DC’s Super Heroes and Super-Villains is contaminated by the Dark Multiverse, courtesy of fan favorite writer/artist Bryan Hitch (Hawkman, Justice League: Rebirth)

Spinning out of the events of a world where a single choice by the Flash effected the entire DC Universe, find out what would have happened if Barry Allen had not put things right. If a world where the Flashpoint reality was never undone, where Thomas Wayne still haunts Gotham City as the Batman, and the Amazonian and Atlantean armies still prepare for war, will the Reverse Flash embrace this darker more deadly world and finally eclipse Barry Allen’s legacy?

Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by BRYAN HITCH
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 11/17/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1
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