Dark Days - The Forge
It's ironic really. We criticise Marvel for the fatigue spiralling as result of their constant events, yet DC announce a bonkers event and we get fucking PUMPED for it.
I'm not quite sure how that works. Maybe it's because DC are doing so much right recently that we have newfound hope for a great new event, maybe it's because DC have not had many huge events recently, maybe it's because Dark Days just looks and sounds fucking awesome. Maybe it's all of those things, maybe there's other reasons - but regardless I'm pretty psyched about this and I wanted to read this lead in book when I had the time to sit down and absorb it.
So I had a nice cup of coffee this morning and set aside 30 mins to read through and savour it.
The cover leads the way, with the striking image of a post apoloclyptic world with a huge statue towering over 'our Batman' who looks to be leading some sort of resistance or expedition, torch in hand.
The statue appears to be a alternative universe (or, more excitingly, an alternative multiverse) Batman, a powerful and menacing figure. That there are dead bodies strapped to the legs of this statue suggest that this character is not a particularly nice person.
In the background there are robotic searchlights with a Bat symbol of sorts on them. One assumes they belong to the whoever is depicted by the statue.
In the background there are also banners with bat symbols on them, just to add to the suggestion that this is some of Batman who has got out of control.
Does his authority extend to the world? Maybe not , the bent gate that we can see in the foreground says 'Gotham' on it. Perhaps His domain just extends to Gotham. Only one way to find out, we read on on......
This is a perfect cover for this series because it gives enough information to get an idea of what we are in for, to entice the reader in, but not so much that we get any answers. If we want to know more we are going to need to turn the page.
The story opens with Carter Hall's final journal. This is an immediate bonus for me for 3 reasons
1) I like Carter Hall
2) Hawkman has not been treated right in decades, maybe part of Snyder's plan is to sort this out
3) I love it when a minor character is the narrator at the start of a big event. We get Batman and Superman monologuing all the time. When it's someone like The Atom, Ralph Dibny, or in this case Carter Hall, I always get a bit of a buzz from the start.
Right away I'm wondering why this is Carter Hall's final journal. This is a clever writer technique that we have seen used before, but it's very effective. From the 4th narrative box Snyder has gripped me.
Why is this Carter Hall's final journal?
Does he mean this is his final incarnation? Surely not.
I need to go now as my kids have just sprung to life and my wife is moaning at me because we have people coming over and I've done nothing to tidy the house
Another day perhaps.......
Being an 'adult' fucking sucks