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Dark Knights of Steel He has tackled a colorful creative reinterpretation of old standards. The ongoing series takes classic characters from the DC Universe and transports them into a world of sword and magic. Thomas and Martha Wayne are the rulers of a kingdom, until Jor-El and Lara-El land, the ultimate survivors of the planet Krypton. They hide their powers as best they can, but are forced to expose them to save the kingdom from an erupting volcano. They soon become close friends with the Waynes.
In comic classic fashion, Thomas and Martha Wayne end abruptly when Bruce is just a boy, leading Jor-El and Lana to take the throne as rulers and defenders of the kingdom. His son, Kal-El, becomes a prince, and years later the Dark Knights of Steel. This is an interesting suggestion for a story already, but writer Tom Taylor does not lie on his laurels, instead revealing at the end of the first edition that Bruce is the bastard son of Jor-El and Martha. Batman semi-Kryptonian is something completely new to comics, and Kal-El does not do well when he discovers in the latest issue of comics. He tells Batman “there can be no rival”, pulls him into the sky and stabs him with a cryptonite blanket before sending him back to earth.
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And who meets Bruce while bleeding in the crater that creates his influence? None other than Jonathan and Martha Kent, who go to great lengths to heal the fallen prince before bringing him to a pile to their farm. While it’s a great cliffhanger ending the fifth edition of the series, it’s also an example of what it does best. Dark Knights of Steel: play with patterns. Almost everyone who reads the book probably knows the story of the humble Kent family caring for a fallen kryptonian from heaven. Taylor abandons this expectation first, allowing Kal-El’s parents to survive and raise him as their own.
The twist is to reintroduce that part of the story later, but in a different context. Fans automatically understand why the Kents care about Bruce. It’s the honest kind people who taught Superman that he’s the Big Blue Scout. So even if they do the same literal act, bringing a Kryptonian who fell from the sky to their farm, the results will be different. Batman wakes up knowing that he can no longer trust Kal-El, who is as determined to take over the world as his enemies were.
More than anything, this story is similar to the books published about the Elseworlds track, which began in 1991 and ran through 2004. The Elseworlds comics were unrelated stories, each in its own wonderful reimagining of the a potential life. But unlike many of those stories, Dark Knights of Steel It’s not just about fan service, or the unusual background of another ordinary story. The series clearly establishes a story focused on the conflict between the Kryptonians and the peoples of the Universe. It raises questions about the will to power and whether violence does good. Superman and his sister, Zala-El, have powers over which no one could dream. What happens when they use that power to become conquerors instead of warriors?
This is also not a new idea. Ladies and gentlemen Steel does nothing revolutionary by making Batman a one – legged hero in both worlds, alien and human. Superman plays a similar role in many of his stories. But it does so with creative talent and regenerative ability that surpasses the rest of the group, even in an industry dedicated to storytelling with existing characters. Whether it’s a half-Kryptonian Batman, a Joker / Lex Luthor-crazed Green Lantern, or reimagining Poison Ivy as the dry queen of the woods, the wonderful world of Taylor, Putri, Prianto and Abbot has captivated readers.