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Last week I said I would be reviewing Batman the Drowned.  I got my dates mixed up.  I apologise for that.  Batman the Drowned will be next week and if I still have it wrong I will be providing tortures and pitch forks for free.  This week we have four books.  They are Dark Night’s Metal #3, Detective Comics #966, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #15.

Superman and Wonderwoman find out they are still alive but trapped in a pocket dimension with other heroes in Dark Night’s Metal #3.  This is my favourite issue of the whole Dark Night’s Metal event so far.  There is a twist at the end that we have seen so many times but it works so well this time.  The reason why it works is you don’t see it coming at all.  At this point I have no idea how the author is going to end the whole story and I can’t wait.

Tim Drake escapes his prison with the help of his future self in Detective Comics #966.  I’m interested in where this story is heading however this chapter made me question the author’s intent.  The problem is Tim Drake’s future self is him as a Batman who kills.  To me, Tim Drake is the one Robin who is least likely to go this road.  I’m hoping the next issue gives a clear explanation as to how he could go this way. 

The Birds of Prey encounter a virus that only affects men in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15.  While we have seen this plot line before we see it so rarely that I’m glad someone new is taking a chance on making a good story with it.  The one thing I have to complain about is the fact that Green Arrow seems to be immune.  This doesn’t make sense.  If you are going to have a virus that only affect men, have all men be affected otherwise what is the point. 

The Outlaws have to defend their new base from the Batmen in Red Hood and the Outlaws #15.  Why does this chapter exist?  This is the best example of a terrible filler issue.  Nothing gets resolved, there is zero character development, and it is just one big fight scene.  I hope the next issue is a lot better than this because I know the author can write a lot better story than this one.

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