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Subj: Re: Disappointed in the Dark Multiverse so far
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 12:29:58 pm EST (Viewed 135 times)
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I've been catching up on the Dark Nights: Metal saga and, I hate to say it, but much of the writing seems to be quite sloppy. Especially on the tie-in issues.

The origin stories for the Dark Multiverse Batpeople could have each been a compelling Elseworlds-type tale. Instead, I found them to be rushed and forgettable.

For instance: Why did Superman go evil on the Devastator's world? They explicitly brush over that. If the goal is to show how Bruce's trust in Clark was a weakness that prevented him from acting in time to prevent great loss, let's see that play out. Show us, don't just tell us that it happened.

I thought that the Dawnbreaker's origin was even worse. That Bruce is nothing but angry, angry, angry. No character at all -- a pure caricature. With so much willpower (we are told) that he overcomes everything, just because.

It's a shame, because that story had such potential. It could have been an excellent dark counterpart to Mike Barr's Batman: In Darkest Knight. I'm no writer, but I could have scripted the Dawnbreaker origin much better.

Try this on for size:

This Bruce Wayne get is angry and wants to kill, as we know the ring arrives at the moment his parents are shot. The ring will not allow lethal force. Instead of a stupid "overcoming it through pure willpower", let's have Bruce use the ring to knock half of a building on him. Show us that Bruce Wayne is a clever S.O.B.!

Over time, we can see how Bruce continues to outsmart the ring. Let's say he is later facing some other criminal. He lifts up a car with the ring and is about to smash it down on the guy. The ring learns from the previous episode and says 'no'. So Bruce just turns the ring off and the car falls on the criminal and kills him anyway.

Rather than flooding the ring with darkness all at once (just because the story is supposed to be dark), each time Bruce outsmarts the ring and uses it to kill, the ring gets corrupted just a little. A little darkness seeps in, once killing at a time.

It would be more interesting to see how that darkness feeds between ring and bearer, a feedback loop that goes back and forth. Rather than just have Bruce kill anyone who pisses him off, let's see the confrontation with Bullock... and make it a major deal when he crosses the line and first kills somebody who is not a lawbreaker.

What are those weird Parallax-like creatures in the dark that aid him? Let's see how he meets them. Maybe they push him towards that first killing.

My point here is that this could have easily been a strong tale. Instead, I read it and just didn't care. Rather than having the Batman Who Laughs arrive halfway through, take out the parts on Earth-0 and give more time to flesh out the Dawnbreaker into a character that we could care about. The bits on Earth-0 get plenty of play elsewhere anyway.

I was really looking forward to Metal, so I'm really disappointed in how weak so much of it has been.

I've read every tie in so far and I have to agree with you. It isn't that great. Not even the main event in Dark Knights: Metal is making me feel as if this is something to get excited about. There's no suspense because I know the heroes are going to win in the end.

I also find it very hard to swallow that Batman has been targeted by some ancient being for centuries and the history that this comic seems to be telling with Bruce Wayne's's simply ridiculous and beyond every plausibility.

But, looking on the net, I'd say we are in the vast minority. Everywhere I go, a lot of people are giving this storyline a lot of praise and the sales are at the top of the charts.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?