July 22, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Dark Knights Of Steel #5 (March 2022)

The Bat-Prince learns who his real friends might be the hard way.

OK, suffice to say, I did not see what happened in this issue coming.

Apparently the issue cover I got off Google Images was the Spanish cover. Oh well.

Issue:  Dark Knights of Steel #5, March 2022

Writer:  Tom Taylor

Artist:  Yasmine Putri

The Plot:  Prince Bruce suffers a setback as the mystery deepens over what the Kryptonians have been up to.

Commentary:  There’s a certain amount of freedom, I suspect, when a creator is given the Elseworlds/What If sort of stories, and Tom Taylor seems to have a better grasp on that than many.  I saw it in those issues of Injustice: Gods Among Us he wrote and the Dark Ages mini-series he did for Marvel. And boy, am I seeing it here in Dark Knights of Steel.  A lot of Elseworlds writers would have just transferred the main DC heroes to a Medieval/fantasy realm and called it a day.  But Taylor has done so much mixing and matching from the first issue that it pretty much guarantees the reader won’t be able to predict what will happen next.  That was the case when the first issue was coming to a close with the reveal that Bruce Wayne, the Bat-Prince, was a Kryptonian, the son of Jor-El just as surely as Kal-El and his sister Zora was.  And that’s not getting into the fact Jor-El and a pregnant Lara saved themselves from Krypton’s destruction by coming to Earth.

Since then, well, there was an explanation given for Bruce’s true parentage, including how King Thomas and Queen Martha died, who the mysterious Green Man was, why he has it for the Els, and so forth.  There’s also been a lot of what looked like Zora, the Supergirl of this universe, killing people.

In this issue, confronted by her lover Diana the Wonder Woman, she says she hasn’t killed anyone, and she sure does look sincere.

Huh.

Now, I suppose there could be some mind control involved, but it does raise the question of what exactly has been going on.  Did Zora kill the Metal Men and King Jefferson and his son?  Is she innocent?  I can go with what I have seen and what the character says, and both quite frankly appear to be true.

That said, there’s a swerve in the latter part of this issue that looks a lot more legit, plus two very important characters from the Superman mythos appear for the first time, and it seems to me that this series is basically aiming towards making the Bat-Prince a more benevolent and heroic figure.

I really like the direction this one is going in, so expect another review soonish.

Grade:  A-