So, the first issues of ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ are out, and it has become clear that the villain is Batman.  Or rather, a coalition of alternate-universe Batmans from around the globe, each bearing elements of another character; a Flash-type Batman called ‘The Red Death’, a Cyborg-style Batman called ‘The Murder Machine’, etc.  After more than a decade of heroes fighting other heroes, it’s interesting to have them striking out against clearly villainous characters who are (sort of) other heroes anyway.  Indeed, the ‘Everyone Vs Batman’ nature of the tale may not actually be the point (as the ‘Dawnbreaker’ one-shot shows, things are more complicated), leading us to today’s same bat-time, same bat-query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is willing to look at it as a deconstruction of the ‘hero fights hero’ story, but also notes that it’s hard to truly convey that sort of thing, as ‘Civil War II’ proved, asking: Do you like or dislike the idea that ‘Dark Knights: Metal’ seems to have a core premise of ‘Everyone Vs Batman’?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

1 Comment

  1. I dislike pretty much every “alternate evil hero” story. Its just so overused and makes me feel writers can’t come up with any good regular story but everything got to have Batman to boost sales.

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