The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? Or #1? (Spoilers)

 

In previous issues of Dark Nights: Death Metal by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, the world was turned upside down, and both Batman and Superman had a secret they were keeping from everyone else.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #3.

Including one that would let Batman survive a new and improved Anti-Life bullet from The Grim Knight.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #3.

But the clues were there from the beginning of the series, as The Batman Who Laughs who shared a similar past history with the DC Batman narrated their tale of the Gotham Park in which that issue's showdown took place within, before the Batman Who Laughs ascended to godhood.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

That Gotham Park was built upon a graveyard of soldiers known as the Dead Bats of the Revolutionary War.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

Enabling Batman to fight with a new army of soldiers, risen by the Black Lantern ring.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

A role that he seemed to adapt to rather swiftly. Something that Wonder Woman seemed to notice.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

As she said these words out loud.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

In today's Death Metal #5, they ring loud from months ago, as both Batman and Superman reveal truths. Well, Batman more than Superman.

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #5.

He's dead, Jim. He was always dead since the beginning of this story. He only lives through the will of the Black Lantern ring which revives those from the dead. But even that has its limit. And, regarding that conversation about The Batman Who Laughs keeping Batman and Superman alive…?

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #1.

Turns out that even the undead have memories. Maybe more than anyone else. So as the Penguin does his best impression of The Hulk in the ensuing battle and Superman has a rousing speech…

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #5.

Batman gets to call Superman out for all the life-shaming he's doing…

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #5.

And also a moment for DC Comics to highlight all manner of comic book characters who are no longer with us… but possibly may be again, once they deal with all that "knotty" continuity we talked about at the weekend…

The Death Of Batman In Death Metal #5? (Spoilers)
Art from Dark Nights: Death Metal #5.

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL #5
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Swamp Thing variant cover by DAVID FINCH
Perpetua variant cover by STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU
B. Rex variant cover by LUCIO PARRILLO
1:25 variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:100 black and white variant cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
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The Darkest Knight has won. With absolute power at the villain's fingertips, Wonder Woman and the rest of the DC heroes are nothing to him. As the Darkest Knight turns his sights to his true goal, remaking the Multiverse in his image, can Earth's heroes rally together to make a last stand?

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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