When Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman find the body of one of their earliest enemies inside the Hall of Justice, their investigation takes them past the land of the living, beyond the land of the dead, and directly to a new villain called Insomnia, who uses his powers to engulf every single hero and villain in their own dark and twisted nightmares. The only way to save the world is to call for the help of an unlikely hero—Deadman!
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I just got done reading Shazam! and loved it. That’s been my favorite so far (have read all on here other than Zatanna, that’s next). Shazam! felt the most like a nightmare to me and the way it was drawn and the pace of the story was excellent. No surprise that a @MarkWaid book is excellent but it was so I gotta call it like I see it!
I’m very much enjoying the event so far and events like this are why DCUI Ultra is the best. I can wait to read it on here but it still feels current because it is - it’s literally still being released in shops and online. Overall this has felt like a lot of table setting and I’m hoping that as we get into the second issues we start seeing some payoffs. But so far, so good.
Edit: just finished Zatanna so I’m caught up through two weeks. Still love it! Zatanna’s book was great because she’s still awake and it’s nice to see the story from the land of the lucid. Her teamup with Robotman was not unexpected since they teased it so much but was still fun to see and I had forgotten about her past with the Doom Patrol that made her dislike them. With Cliff now Rustbringer it sets up a very interesting second story. Good cliffhanger for that one to end week two.
Agreed, especially the art. Guillem March is possibly best known for his pin-up work for books like Gotham City Sirens and Catwoman, and while he’s great at that, I think he’s at his best when he’s working in horror.
Also, it’s been brought to my attention that the monster that comes out of Bruce in that issue feels like a nod or tribute to the Gun Devil in the manga Chainsaw Man.
Definitely – a lot of dream logic that to our rational minds doesn’t make sense but we just go along with in our dreams, like the impossibly long taxi that has a thin pool of water at the bottom, so we have to take our shoes off.
The regular series is pedestrian. And the only tie-ins I purchased were the ones written by Jeremy Adams and Mark Waid.
And here’s the big question: Why interrupt a new initiative–Dawn Of DC–with yet another “event” when the new books have barely gotten off the ground, and found an audience? Seems counterproductive to me?
The timing is definitely problematic for momentum. Some titles have just launched and now have to pause (Green Lantern, City Boy), others were launched during this event and got completely lost in the shuffle (Hawkgirl) and others were launched just before this event and continue through it without falling asleep or being involved (WILDC.A.T.S, Steelworks, Batman Incorporated, Spirit World).
It’s a part of comics that drives me crazy - never really knowing what is part of the current comics universe and what is elseworld and never knowing the timeline things are happening on.
I did like how some books have been able to pull it off, though. Green Lantern I think was a good example, where it not only transferred effortlessly into Knight Terrors, but used the circumstances of the story to continue plot lines like what happened to cause Hal to quit the Corps.
Week three is in the books and here’s what I thought of this weeks books:
Catwoman - I am not familiar with her sister at all so that story didn’t work for me one bit. I had a hard time getting into this story, the artwork was so odd that it took me out of it in some panels/pages and overall I didn’t care for this one much at all.
Nightwing - Loved it. The art, the story, the pace, the tone - loved it all. This was fantastic and is an example of Knight Terrors at its best. Second best book thus far, IMO.
Punchline - Took a bit but once it got going I liked it a lot. The version of Batgirl in this is outstandingly drawn. Beautiful artwork and details. Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
Superman - This was very good and well done. Tough to come up with a nightmare for Superman that hasn’t already been done but this felt unique, familiar and authentic. Joshua Williamson is on a roll!
Wonder Woman - The art in this one was spectacular, especially the first panel. Beautifully drawn! I was curious about the other two characters in there, though - is this Diana’s nightmare so that’s not really them or is this the nightmare of all three of them? The backstory I enjoyed as well though I am not familiar with Nubia nearly as much as I am Diana so it didn’t grab me very well.