We continue the Dark Nights Metal saga with Batman Lost #1. We also have four other books to review which consist of Hal Jordon and the Green Lantern Corpse #32, Detective Comics #968, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #16.
The Lord of the Dark Multiverse tries to corrupt Batman’s mind in Batman Lost #1. This entire comic is one big nightmare and it feels very much how a nightmare actually seems. I love the fact that it seems awkward and it’s meant to be awkward. Three authors wrote this one comic and while you can tell which author did what the three merged seamlessly together.
Hal Jordan has to defend himself against Batman the Dawnbreaker in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corpse #32. We go from a great Dark Nights Metal story to a below average one. It is a good story if you want a twenty page fight scene. The story told in this comic could have been five pages. I can’t believe how lazy this feels. This is supposed to be the third part of the Bats Out of Hell storyline but adds nothing to the overall story and feels a bit pointless.
Tim Drake and the Bat Family unite to defeat his evil self from the future in Detective Comics #968. What a great way to end this story arc. I won’t tell you much of the plot but I will say it’s another great story in the Detective Comics rebirth saga. My only complaint is there are some moments where you have seen this type of storytelling over and over again. That being said, the author handled it in a way that didn’t feel old.
The women of Gotham team up to find a cure for the virus that is killing men in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16. The first ¾ of this story was great, however, in the last quarter in got too political too fast. The story turns out to become a message against radical feminism. This would be OK if it was a slower burn but it went from a 2 to a 10 in one page. The Outlaws have to defend themselves from the Suicide Squad in Red Hood and the Outlaws #16. I enjoyed this story but I thought this issue took itself a tiny bit too seriously. There is one scene where Artemis fights Harley Quinn with ridiculously oversized weapons and the dialogue made it seems like no big deal. When you have such a ridiculous concept like that, you have to have dialogue that fits the situation.