“Court Of Owls At Heart Of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2?” was first published by POWkabam.com.
How dark is the DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 issue and its preceding opening into the mysterious examination of a possible Dark Multiverse dwarfing, enveloping, and in twisted ways emulating the multiverse of Superman, the Batman, and Wonder Woman? Well the Court of Owls at heart of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 clues us in.
The crazy thrill-chase of a manhunt for Batman by the Justice League crosses thirteen brilliant pages full of shocking ends.
As brutal as The Death Of Superman was and many of the other battles for earth and the universes, DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 delves deeper into DC’s myriad plots and characters to hurl intrigue and thrilling damage the likes of which the Justice League has never seen.
The vivacious visual of Superman punching straight through Batman’s bloody chest, revealed weeks before the issue came out, is one small twist of many during that manhunt.
If a Dark Multiverse can rear its head and start to rattle the entire DC Multiverse, a mountain literally emerges in the middle of Gotham during this book, than something grittier, more warped and more personal is threatening to tear apart the Justice League and their earths.
Central to the METAL storyline is uncovering Hawkman’s research into the deadly impossible: a dark alternate multiverse.
The plot to bring it to their multiverse has been around for hundreds of years, and maybe as long as mankind itself.
Batman takes it upon himself to fully uncover that mystery and save them all from something he may have unwantonly put in motion years earlier.
What is the darkest version of time and space most influenced by?
Why Bruce Wayne’s Batman, of course!
And he is the key, can literally become the doorway to bring in the heinous godlike beings of the Dark Multiverse if five metals can all combine within Bruce Wayne’s body.
Within the maze of the Court of Owls, Bruce Wayne received one of these treacherous metallic elements from the Owl’s fountain.
As the Court of Owls lay hid for countless years, nesting in the Wayne’s own properties, so have they been helping to arrange the trapping of Batman for the opening of the evil door.
Writer Scott Snyder is weaving past, present, and future into trembling yarns from which mythic Fates can entangle and snip short the lives and worlds at will.
And we are talking about every possible variation of DC Comics’ own metaphysical plane.
Dream of the Endless, Neil Gaiman’s powerful Sandman, offers advice and potential future sanctuary to the Batman amidst the chaos.
And while Batman’s Family help him to trap the League just long enough for him to reach his destination to attempt to thwart the oncoming Dark Metal Multiverse, he purposefully gets the League to intrude on and be grabbed by a pissed off Swamp Thing and then he even employs a former foe, Clayface, to impersonate himself and temporarily fool Superman and Wonder Woman.
Superman is not the Smallville sweetheart when he finds out and punches a hole straight through the Batman who becomes a mass of holey clay.
And despite the efforts of earth’s greatest detective to decipher Hawkman’s notes and sacrifice himself to save the world, while ensnaring his friends to get them out of his way, his trapping of the Justice League has only divided them when he needs them most.
Superman and Wonder Woman are blasted before the frightening foes that replace the Batman: a Batman-infused Doomsday, Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and a Joker-like creeper leading piranha tooth-like Robins on leashes.
Behind them all is a dark menacing hooded shadow.
The warped Robins ruthlessly kill the Court of Owls personnel just after they gloated over Wayne’s folly.
The Court of Owls was pivotal to the story and quite a surprise at that.
Will they seek revenge on this new threat?
Where has the Batman gone to?
Greg Capullo’s pencils and Jonathan Glapion’s inks reveal monstrous nightmares on the page.
How dark can METAL get?
I do not know, but I love it all the same!
“Court Of Owls At Heart Of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2?” was written by R.J. Huneke.
Be sure to head down to your local comic shop for DARK NIGHTS: METAL #2 and the many different and brilliant covers, including the awesome shiny metal ones (see picture above) that this guy picked up at Red Shirt Comics in downtown Port Jefferson.
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