Tales from the Dark Multiverse Batman Hush #1

DC Comics

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Art by Dexter Soy and Sergio Davila

Inks by Matt Santorelli

Colors by Ivan Plascencia

Letters by Troy Peteri

The Rundown: In another corner of the Dark Multiverse, a familiar story plays out in a different way.

Tempus Fuginaut oversees the tale of another world in the Dark Multiverse. A world where Thomas Elliot was in the alley the night the Wayne’s were killed and how Bruce went to live with Tommy and his family before being committed to Arkham and Elliott taking over Wayne Enterprises.

Years later, Tommy enjoys unrivaled power in the new Gotham with Talia at his side and with the support of the Owls and their enforcer Richard Grayson. Unfortunately, a shadow will emerge that will come after the elite of Gotham and tear down everything Tommy has done along with take vengeance on those responsible for what’s happened to the city.

The Story: I had a lot of hope diving into this story. Phillip Kennedy Johnson starts with an interesting premise and the first few pages showcase a world worth exploring. Unfortunately, the promise of the premise is never really executed. There are some interesting character moments, but the reveals held no surprise. The pace of the story was too fast to build a world worth exploring and the Johnson isn’t given enough time to make the story come together with all of the characters he introduces.

The biggest problem with this issue is that there is too much story to confine to one issue and the rush to get to the end takes away any emotional connection to the events.

The Art: Dexter Soy delivers some awesome art in this issue. The characters look amazing and the gritty, detailed backgrounds make the visual journey worth the read.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse Batman Hush #1

6.4

6.4/10

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