Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dark Days: The Forge Review

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So, my journey back into reading comics has brought me to this. See, I am more of a DC guy (though I love comics in general) and it seems that most of the current line all stems from last year's big Metal event. That makes sense, of course.

So, the good news is that if you are like me and haven't read a lot of recent comics, this blog might be a good way to help you get back into it. I hadn't read much of the 52 stuff, for the record, and will not be going back to catch up at this point. Metal is about the furthest back I'll be going, outside of me reading some of my classic graphic novels again. Just something to consider.

I picked up the Metal issues on ComiXology, and then noticed that there were two prequel books and, as expected, the tie-ins. Let's not half ass this.

Dark Days: The Forge is the first prequel to Metal, but it feels more complete than I expected. The goal here was to build anticipation properly for the big event, and The Forge easily succeeded in doing so.

Batman is letting his curiosity put the entire universe at risk, and his investigation work is the major plot here and takes him around the world before arriving at the Fortress of Solitude.

Cameo work and subplots here feature Hal Jordan, Superman, Aquaman, Joker, Mr. Terrific, and more.

The art is well done, too.

Truly, this not only succeeded in building hype for Metal, but also exceeded my expectations. This one is worth a read.

Rating: ***1/2

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