Death Metal #3 ended with Lobo having been to Bone planet and the Fifth Dimension collecting little boxes, checking in with his boss.
A rather damaged version of Lex Luthor…
…who had fought with and lost against The Batman Who Laughs and Perpetua and was exiled to Earth without his powers.
And who had clearly picked up a steam iron believing it was his mobile phone. Smartest man in the world, my arse. Well the new Death Metal: Guidebook published yesterday sees Lex Luthor recast as another familiar figure.
Resembling Destiny of The Endless. Okay, a bit of The Spectre as well but only one of them carries a book, and the first Metal series had Dream of The Endless in it as well. The oldest of the Endless, Destiny appears as a blind man dressed in robes carrying a large book, the Cosmic Log. The book is chained to him, or he is chained to the book, and within the book is written the entire sum of existence, past, present and future. Destiny is the only Endless member who did not originate in The Sandman; he was created by Marv Wolfman and Bernie Wrightson for Weird Mystery Tales in 1972.
Okay so it's not quite Destiny of the Endless, but it carries enough of a similarity to count. And Lex Luthor's doodles (is that the Daily Planet he is drawing?) will no doubt come into play at some point.
Especially now that he has all the bits of Death Metal. The only question remaining is how this all relates to Death Valley from Wonder Woman #750. You know that will totally be a thing…
DARK KNIGHTS DEATH METAL GUIDEBOOK #1
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Becky Cloonan, Vita Ayala, Chip Zdarsky, Christopher Priest, Doug Mahnke, Dan Panosian, Eduardo Risso, and Khary Randolph
Earth is turned upside down, shrouded in a realm of darkness after the Justice League's defeat by the cosmic goddess Perpetua. Now the Batman Who Laughs and his army of Dark Knights rule the planet, wreaking havoc on humanity and raining destruction on the world. As Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and other heroes fight to survive in this strange new landscape, one cloaked figure has been observing from the sidelines, creating a guidebook to this new world and its evil leaders in the hope of forming a plan of justice… and penance.
This issue showcases the new factions of Earth and explores the mystery of what happened to our heroes after their battle with Perpetua. How did Wonder Woman become the queen of Hell? How did Batman find the Black Lantern ring? And what happens when Harley Quinn takes charge of the Wasteland, and finds love in the process? All this and more in this jam-issue exploring the new world order.
ONE-SHOT | In Shops: Aug 18, 2020 SRP: $5.99
I bought The Death Metal Guidebook yesterday from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.