February 27, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Dark Knights Of Steel #12 (August, 2023)

The medieval Elseworlds mini-series draws to a conclusion.

Alright, I finally got to the last issue of this fun, fun mini-series that posits the DC heroes in a medieval fantasy world.  Will it be as fun as the other issues?

Well, probably.

Issue:  Dark Knights of Steel #12, August 2023

Writer:  Tom Taylor

Artist:  Yasmine Putri

The Plot:  The heroes, now united, take on the White Martians.

Commentary:  Oh, what fun this series has been.  It’s not just a simple transfer of characters to a medieval fantasy world.  It really changed things up, starting with the space ship from Krypton landing on Earth to reveal the passengers were Jor-El and a pregnant Lara.  Batman is half-kryptonian.  Wonder Woman and Supergirl are lovers.  Lex Luthor became both the Green Lantern and the Joker.  Alfred was J’onn J’onzz.  The Kents raised Aquaman.  And a whole host of other things.  The characters are still recognizably themselves in most ways, but the changes made for part of the fun since it showed more creativity.

I mean, did I expect a kingdom run by Black Lightning and his family?  No, but I was glad to see it.

And so it comes to pass that Lois Lane, John Constantine, and Harley Quinn, the masters of manipulation for their respective kingdoms, team up to come up with a plan to stop the White Martians, especially since one of them now that Green Lantern ring and Amanda Waller was working with them the whole time.

So, why did this issue feel rushed?  Probably because the whole story had to be wrapped up with this issue, and the battle between the Martians and everyone else seemed to go a little too easily for the good guys.  The issue ends in a manner that suggests there can be more with additional kingdoms out there that might be a little concerned that the Kingdoms of El and Storms along with Paradise Island and Ivy’s forest are all working together, but over all, it still felt rushed.  I was used to a more leisurely paced series up until now.  It’s not a bad issue, but it is the weakest of the entire series.

Grade:  B