Writer: Frank Tieri, James Tynion IV
Art: Riccardo Federici
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: Tom Napolitano
The Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins continue with this brutal origin story of the Batman/Cyborg hybrid.
The tie-ins for this event have been fantastic so far, and this issue was no different. The Gotham Resistance storyline has been fun, and the first evil Batman, The Red Death, was a trippy elseworld story. Batman The Murder Machine took it to another level.
The Cyborg Batman is from Earth -44, where Alfred was attacked by some of Gotham City’s rogues. What made this story so tragic was how plausible it actually is. Bruce reaching out to Victor to help create an Alfred AI in order to preserve his father figure is exactly something he would do. The death and the carnage at the end was unexpected, it just rips your heart out to see. With how messed up this was, I can only imagine how bad the Batman Who Laughs origin will be. This was so good and there seems to be a lot of credit to go around. Frank Tieri and James Tynion really brought it, and of course this is Metal writer Scott Snyder’s, baby.
The artwork was phenomenal. Riccardo Federici is instantly the breakout star of these spinoff tales. There’s so much detail, yet it’s incredibly stylized. I had to look up his art as soon as I finished the issue, and I was just as blown away. I come to find out he will be on Aquaman soon, which could be a waste, but I’ve heard good things about the current run. The man belongs on a Batman book, the way he drew the Dark Nights demolishing Cyborg was terrifying.
Dark Nights: Metal has lived up to the hype so far, and the tie-ins have been almost as good. But Batman The Murder Machine is a cut above the rest. A heart wrenching origin story and some of the finest art you’ll see anywhere, this is a must have. The issue is on par with the main series, which is amazing.