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Dark Days: The Road To Metal s/c back

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, various & Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, various

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Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"Oh, Mr. Green Lantern. Are you afraid?"
"I don't get afraid."
"Oh, I think you do... I think we all do... it's all in that moment of discovery...
"When you're about to learn something you will never be able to unlearn.
"Something that puts all the pieces together, and you finally see the truth, and the world changes.
"And you know it'll never go back the way it was before.
"But if you're so very brave, then just open the door."

Just open the bloody door, Hal!! So we can find out precisely who, and what, is in the secret cave inside the Bat Cave.

"Seriously. Only Batman would have a secret cave inside his secret cave."

Obviously. Not forgetting the secret Lunar Batcave on the moon...

Bats has actually installed a hidden room in the Fortress Of Solitude as well, just for good measure. I mean, he did have the good grace to ask Clark's permission first, though he made him promise not to peek inside it at what he'd put there for ultra-safe keeping...

Yes, I can promise you more than a certain degree of mystery in these two intriguing set up one-shot issues of DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and DARK DAYS: THE CASTING that is already a million times better than the execrable mess that was CONVERGENCE. I probably shouldn't be surprised this was great, given the writers are the long-time Bat-scribes Snyder and Tynion IV, plus the stellar trio of artists Jim Lee, Andy Kubert & John Romita Jr. on the pencils. But still, I've been burnt far too often with these big summer events.

Basically, Batman is trying to solve a mystery, one that has disturbed him so much, for so long, that whilst he's had to call upon the likes of Mr. Terrific, Mister Miracle and of course old blue tights himself for assistance, he's given precisely nothing away to anyone else whatsoever about the nature of this troubling conundrum. That, however, is all about to change and not entirely through his own choice...

Piece by piece, what little information Batman has acquired is laid out for us, along with some cautionary insights from Carter Hall a.k.a. Hawkman, who has his own particular clandestine parallel interest to Batman's investigations.

At the time of reading the one-shots, I thought there was a little nod to Grant Morrison's BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE that had Bats twizzling through time following the climax of FINAL CRISIS, which also seemed to be alluded to. So very kind of DC therefore to bolster these two new issues by including BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1, FINAL CRISIS #6-#7, BATMAN (New 52 era) #38-#39, NIGHTWING (again New 52 era) #17 and more!

That concluding exclamation mark being DC's, I should add. Not mine. No, mine would come at the end of "You're reprinting FIVE issues of old material in a hardcover collection of TWO new issues? You greedy gits!" Actually, they are reprinting nearly six, because the 'more!' is actually merely an excerpt from DETECTIVE COMICS #950 and then they also throw in Morrison's double-page spread Map Of The Multiverse for 'added value'...

Just utter corporate greed. There is absolutely no reason why these new two one-shots, which are basically issues #00 and #0 of DARK DAYS METAL could not have been included in one hardcover with the six issues that formed the 'main' series. They are printing (nearly) eight issues in this volume after all... It is disappointing because it is exactly the sort of nonsense I would fully expect Marvel to pull, and charge twice as much whilst they are at it, but I had felt in recent years DC were actually about giving readers better value for money than Marvel. Hey ho.

Anyway, the new material is an enjoyably complex and riveting set-up for the DARK DAYS METAL event that piqued my curiosity sufficiently to want to read the whole shebang. Not least because of whom Hal finds behind the green door... It's an old piano, and Shakin' Stevens is playing it hot... Okay, well, the door isn't green, and it isn't Shakey banging out '80s classics, but it is a shocker, certainly... Precisely how that person fits into it all, is just another perplexing part of this three pothole problem, Watson... Oh, do stop with the bad jokes...

NOTE: Also forthcoming very shortly are the collection of bad guy one-shot tie-ins DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN HC which whilst not essential were certainly entertaining and rather decent. Plus there's the usual utterly spurious sidebar material in various ongoing titles collected in DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE SC, which despite that all being new material DC obviously realised people wouldn't be mug enough to buy in a hardcover and have put straight into softcover format...

Can I just add, above grumble aside, I did rather enjoy the Metal event.

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