Series: Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020)
Published: August 3, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: The DC Universe has become engulfed by the Dark Multiverse, where demons dwell and reality is overrun by monstrous versions of the Dark Knight, all ruled by the Batman Who Laughs. In this collection of short tales, learn the terrifying secrets of these new Bats out of hell and other creatures of the night like Robin King, whose origin is just the worst! Plus, read about the secret buried beneath Castle Bat, the sentient Batmobile, and…how did Batman turn into a dinosaur?
More often than not, collections like this, for character anniversaries or otherwise, end up being a bit of a mixed bag, offering something for everyone; however, Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020) #1 is different, as this collection is thematically cohesive and well-curated.
“A Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins.”
The first story of this collection, “I Am Here” (written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, illustrated by Tony S. Daniel), brings readers up to speed on The Batman Who Laughs’ newest iteration, also allowing them to peer into his mind and see what he is planning, next. Now a ‘cosmic weapon of infinite power, designed to win at any cost’ TBWH has transformed into a being of near limitless multiverse-shaping abilities; understanding exactly what that means isn’t easy. “I Am Here” is as enjoyable of a story as it is necessary.
I‘m unsure of exactly how the writing duties were distributed between the three writers of this story, but the script is well-crafted, both telling and exciting. Tony S. Daniel’s artwork, especially the gorgeous full- and two-page spreads, brings the time-space-spanning story to life.
”All hail the B. Rex.”
What follows the opening story is a mix of well-crafted tales from Peter J. Tomasi, Marguerite Bennett, Frank Teri, Daniel Warren Johnson, and Garth Ennis; these five tales all offer insight and are extremely entertaining, explaining things like how Batman became a sentient monster truck, and featuring stunning artwork from some of DC’s best. Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020) #1 is an excellent collection, overall.
Even if you’re not one for comic book collections, like this, give Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020) #1 a read; you won’t be disappointed.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020) #1 is a worthwhile collection for readers looking to be further immersed in the world of Dark Nights: Death Metal.