Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Xermanico
Published by DC Comics
The original Dark Nights Metal was full of energy and excitement. The various tie ins never felt fully essential and did not capture the energy of the main series. It’s sequel series, Death Metal has it’s moments but at times feels exhausting. So I opened up this week’s Justice League a little unsure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised.
Nightwing is riding his trusty steed, Comet. A robot horse built by Wonder Woman. (I love when the Dark Multiverse stories go for big gonzo ideas) They run into Detective Chimp being attacked by a Grundy/Doomsday combination. Hawkgirl and Nightwing team up to rescue Detective Chimp.
Detective Chimp reluctantly teams up with the two heroes.
The mission: find Perpetua’s throne and free the Legion Of Doom.
With unexpected assistance from Lex Luthor, our heroes discover that Perpetua’s throne is protected by the Omega Knight. Their mission will not be an easy one to complete. Martian Manhunter has already made an attempt, and in the cliffhanger we meet the Mindhunter. A Dark Multiverse combination of Martian Manhunter and Batman.
The various Metal series and tie ins are best when they’re going big and while dark, still having fun.
Nothing says fun like having Detective Chimp pointing out how ridiculous the situation is.
“Kid I didn’t ask for your life story. I just asked why you’re riding a robot horse,” literally made me laugh out loud.
Josh Williamson handles the various aspects of the Dark Multiverse in a fun way. He manages to bring grand adventure to this tie in without giving in to self seriousness.
Xermanico has handled a few issues of Justice League, and you see him coming into his own with this issue. Romulo Fajardo’s color really adds atmosphere to this Dark Multiverse tale.
It’s hard to say how essential this tie in will end up being. But Justice League #53 manages to be a grand adventure.