Dark Nights Death Metal #2
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo
Inks by Jonathan Glapion
Colors by FCO Plascencia
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: Diana needs to get Bruce on board with her bold plan to change the universe and the Batman Who Laughs becomes more powerful than anyone imagined.
Wonder Woman has killed the Batman Who Laughs and is on the hunt for Bruce in order to get him on board with the next part of her plan to restore the multiverse. Unfortunately, Perpetua is still in power and Bruce is reluctant to go up against her after they failed to stop her the last time. It will take some unexpected truth to convince the Dark Knight that there is a chance that they can win.
As the heroes head to a secret location to begin the next part of their plan, the remaining dark Batmen go to work on resurrecting the Batman Who Laughs into a new form. One with powers that could possibly rival Perpetua herself and when he awakens, he begins to take action to secure a universe built in his own image.
The Story: Scott Snyder grabs the reader in the first page with a stunning and frankly amusing introduction to another Dark Batman. The story is rich with atmosphere and detail. Diana continues to be an effective force in this story and her focus becomes something the reader can rally behind as she works to bring some level to hope to her fellow heroes in hiding. Snyder also ups the stakes of the conflict for everyone involved with the evolution of the Batman Who Laughs and it will be interesting to see where the character steers this story next.
The Art: Greg Capullo is a master at crafting a scene visually. From the first page and its amazing ending to the final reveal at the end of the issue, Capullo’s art shows he is having fun with the tone of this story and it is being reflected in every panel.