DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1
Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, and Steve Wands
Published by: DC Comics
DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations—but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?
The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion III and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!
Dark Days: The Forge #1 has finally arrived in stores, and it’s surprisingly good. co-written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, with art from Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr. Dark Days: The Forge #1 opens with Andy Kubert drawing the ancient Egyptian origins of Hawkman, before things jump to the present day.
From there, Dark Days: The Forge takes us from the Bermuda triangle, to the Batcave, to the Fortress of Solitude and even to the Lunar Batcave. And yes, you read that right: Lunar Batcave. Snyder and Tynion give readers little hints about what’s going on, but all these places are essential as we begin to unravel Batman’s latest secret. The mystery brings in characters like Lady Blackhawk, Immortal Man, Mister Terrific, and Mister Miracle, and even Carter Hall.
Snyder and Tynion tease what is to come, and definitely set this story up well. By the time I finished reading Dark Days: The Forge #1, I was left wanting more. I’m also glad the artists brought back some characters than don’t get enough of the spotlight at DC.
The art in this issue is killer! Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita, Jr. all turn in stellar work, and the transition between artists is almost seemless. Every chapter in this book pops and is filled with little details, and the different setting give the artist a chance to try something new.
The whole “batman is keeping a secret from his friends” storyline has been done several times over the last couple of decades, so I was a little skeptical about heading down that road once again.
However, Dark Days: The Forge #1 is a fun comic that left me wondering what was coming next. I loved the story, and the art was just so damn good, it reminded me of why I started liking comics in the first place.
Dark Days: The Forge #1 score: A