Batman Lost #1 (METAL Tie-In)
Batman Lost #1
- Great story tying Metal to Batman's rich history
- Art team manages to create a cohesive look, despite having several members
- Batman seems to give up rather than fight on
This week brings us a “connecting” book in the Metal story, Batman Lost. This is the continuation of Batman’s story after being trapped in the Dark Multiverse, and his quest to find a way out, if there is one.
The story takes place through several different alternate realities, as Barbatos and the “Evil” Batmen try to break Batman’s spirit, trying to convince Batman that certain events happened differently than they did.
Batman, meanwhile is constantly trying to find the way out, always wanting to go “up”, yet being told that he needs to go “down.”
Along the way, the story of Metal is tied to key Batman stories, including Dark Knight, Dark City, Final Crisis, and the Court of Owls.
In the end, Barbatos tells Batman that he was always the cause, and offers to show him the truth, but Batman does not want to see and gives up instead. The last shot of the book is Batman, tied to the tuning fork in the Dark Multiverse.
This book is a collaboration between a MASSIVE amount of talent, beginning with the writing team of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson. The pencils are by Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette and Jorge Jimenez. Paquette and Jimenez are joined by Jaime Mendoza on inks. Colors are provided Wil Quintana, Nathan Fairbairn and Alejandro Sanchez provide colors. And, the lettering is provided by the always dependable Tom Napolitano. In fact, the only person from the main Metal team who did not work on this book is Greg Capullo, though he did consult. Presumably, this is because he is too busy drawing the main Metal book.
The point is this collaboration comes together to create a unforgettable book that everyone who worked on it should be tanked and praised for. It is also a tribute to this entire team, that although there are “many hands in the kitchen”, the “soup” never gets spoiled. It never feels disjointed, like the Casting and Forge prequel books did. The art and story are consistent throughout, creating a cohesive story with art that does not deviate in style.
IN THE END: Batman: Lost fills in a missing piece of the Metal story, while tying this story to many of the major moments in the Dark Knight’s long history and serves to show how far reaching a story Metal is. A stellar lineup of creators come together to create a truly memorable book. You owe it to yourself to read this one.