Review: BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR #1 (SPOILERS)

I’m beginning to see the trend with DC METAL, and that being that overall it’s turning out to be “hit or miss” every other issue. Now sure, this could [for me] due to James Tynion IV’s (writer) writing, because he doesn’t do it for me at all. This issue is definitely the day to BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1‘s night– heh, pun not intended.

In all fairness to James, I do want to point out that Frank Tieri (plotter) wrote the plot for this issue, and James only wrote the dialogue. But it does feel that what lacked was the dialogue. It felt kind of hollow. There was a constant feeling like there was supposed to be weight to the severity of what we could see was going on, but there just wasn’t.

Review: BATMAN THE DEVASTATOR #1 (SPOILERS)
Art by Tony S. Daniel, Colors by Tomeu Morey

I do, though, commend James for writing spot on dialogue for “the Main Man” Lobo. Even despite that scene being one of the main ones that suffered from a lack of follow through,

 

The art on the other hand has been absolute killer– heh, unintentional puns-2, me-0. Tony S. Daniel (artist) is hands down one of the best artists in the comic book industry today, [and for the last ten+ years. He has a style that appears as effortless as it is graceful. It’s one of the slicker and cleanest you come across, and you never have an issue with telling what character is which, and who they are.

His art is the true crown of this issue, along with Tomeu Morey’s (colorist) coloring of the issue. It definitely carries the overall product, and you get a version of the story that feels so much more impactful [than the finished.]

Superman and DEVASTATOR
Art by Tony S. Daniel, Colors by Tomeu Morey

One of the high points of the story was the flashback. The unfolding story of how Eath -1‘s Bruce Wayne becomes THE DEVASTATOR. There was plenty of potential, especially because this one [in particular] gives us the– and I’m quoting the most underappreciated Lex Luthor of all time, Jessie Eisenberg’s from BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, “the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world: God versus man; day versus night; Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!”

This battle is probably the most debated, and the most controversial; Batman versus Superman. I mean, it’s no question that if “Big Blue” isn’t holding back, and “the Dark Knight” doesn’t get his fanboy approved 24-hour prep time, Superman stomps him. It was great seeing a very MAN OF STEEL Zod to Superman-esque exhange (panel above.)

This encounter was perhaps the only moment in the issue where I felt James deliver that follow through, and the severity of the situation was there. You could feel those steel hands closing around Bruce’s neck, and you could see that Bruce felt his back firmly against the wall. I wish that this issue had this intensity [and presence] from start to end.

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