The Dark Multiverse (Spoilers)

Hadn't seen much discussion about the upcoming Scott Snyder series, and I thought it might be worthy of its own thread.

For those of you aren't aware, Snyder is writing a series called Dark Nights: Metal, that involves... well we don't know yet. Leading up to it were/are Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting. The Forge came out last month, and the Casting came out last week.

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  • mphilmphil Posts: 198
    To kick off discussion, we have Dark Days: The Forge.

    I found this to be a fairly confusing issue. I'm not so familiar with Hawkman, so I didn't understand the connection between him and Batman. I suppose the point was to say that Batman is continuing on an investigation that Carter Hall had began decades earlier. Is that right?

    Anyways, we have 2 stories going on at once that seem to be connected, but we don't know how. On the one hand we have Hal Jordan investigating the Batcave with Duke, and on the other we have Batman at the Fortress of Solitude where he has a secret room that even Superman is not allowed to enter. So naturally he asks Mister Miracle to open it for him, which reveals... I don't know what it was inside actually.

    I read this a couple of weeks ago so my memory is a little fuzzy. Feel free to correct any mistakes I made.
  • Mr_CosmicMr_Cosmic Posts: 3,027
    mphil said:



    So naturally he asks Mister Miracle to open it for him, which reveals... I don't know what it was inside actually.

    Have you read Crisis on Infinite Earths?

  • mphilmphil Posts: 198
    I have, is this from that? What is it?
  • Mr_CosmicMr_Cosmic Posts: 3,027
    edited July 11
    mphil said:

    I have, is this from that? What is it?

    One of Anti Monitor's(or Alex Luthor's, I forget who builds them) towers

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  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,172
    Read The Forge. As I mentioned over in the Preview episode, I'm generally intrigued and will probably stick with it, though the price tag and the JRJR art are two very large disincentives.

    Is the intent for this to be a spoiler thread? I've got thoughts that might lead to spoilery discussion.

    Also, are others also reading that the little roman columns in the batcave are intended to be holographic projectors? One one page, they appear to be supporting / containing artifacts. One the next they seem to be displaying images of people. Holographic would make sense, but given the other areas that bats has been able to put so much technology in things that fit in his utility belt, the column bases as projector housings seem a but clunky. My first read through, I was really confused as to why/how he had the artifacts displayed... seemed like some really important people would be missing them.
  • Mr_CosmicMr_Cosmic Posts: 3,027
    edited July 15
    Yes I think they are all projections. The book is implying that all these artifacts originate from the same metal.
  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,172
    Mr_Cosmic said:

    I took it as the artifacts came from other earths.

    Possible. The image on the next page with the Batman team left me second guessing. Still, sucks to be the person from the other earth missing their swag.
  • David_DDavid_D Posts: 3,402
    @hauberk since the series is now out, and this is a thread dedicated to it, I think it makes sense for me to go ahead and add spoilers to the title. @mphil was looking to talk about it with others who have read it, so spoiler discussion makes sense.
  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,172
    David_D said:

    @hauberk since the series is now out, and this is a thread dedicated to it, I think it makes sense for me to go ahead and add spoilers to the title. @mphil was looking to talk about it with others who have read it, so spoiler discussion makes sense.

    Perfect. The absence of spoiler tag left me hesitant to put in too much detail.

    The Hawkman interludes leave me believing Nth metal is going to be impacted in some fashion. I feel like thats consistent with something about Fate's helmet and with Aquaman's pentadent (I cannot bring myself to call it a trident) and maybe the other artifacts that were featured in Aquaman and the Others. It feels like Hawkman has gotten hosed enough.

    As far as display vs projector, the image of the Outsiders on the page opposite of Fate's Helmet, Aquaman's pentadent and Wonder Woman's bracers seems to be using the same columns.
  • Mr_CosmicMr_Cosmic Posts: 3,027
    hauberk said:

    Mr_Cosmic said:

    I took it as the artifacts came from other earths.

    Possible. The image on the next page with the Batman team left me second guessing. Still, sucks to be the person from the other earth missing their swag.
    Yeah, I changed my thoughts on that. I reread it and it looks like they're hologram projections.
  • hauberkhauberk Posts: 1,172
    edited July 20
    Read The Casting last night. I'm pretty disillusioned as I sit here thinking about it. In part, it might be that it's because I didn't follow the New52 Batman book, but there's just so much that seems broken about this idea.

    The shared art chores just doesn't work. It doesn't seem to be assigned based on tone of page or portion of storyline (at first, I thought that all of the Hawkman stuff was going to be Kubert, which made sense to me). The seemed to have fallen by the wayside this issue with at least one Hawk page being poorly delivered by JRJR.

    I'm at a loss for Batman shoving a flaming god sword, unsheathed, between his hip and his utility belt. I'm at a loss that his utility belt is elastic enough to hold said flaming god sword.

    Graphically, I continue to find the book hard to follow. We discussed the pillars previously and concluded that they were probably holographic representations of the artifacts, but then they make the machine and the artifacts show up there as well.

    I didn't, initially, get the barrier between Joker and Duke/Green Lantern.

    From a story standpoint, we're going to start with the 8th metal (from Hephaestus) and then go to the 9th (from the Wizard Shazam) and keep trading metals until we get to Nth? I don't think that we can hit infinity in a 6 issue series.

    So far, I'm not seeing enough positive about the series to offset the price and the JRJR art.

    Edited to correct book title to The Casting.
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