Spoilers for ‘Darkish Nights: Death Steel’ #1
‘Darkish Nights: Death Steel’ has seen the DC Universe remodel right into a nightmarish world dominated by a whole bunch of variant Batmans from the Darkish Multiverse. It’s a world the place the acquainted is warped into the worst doable variations of itself, and break up into three continents formed recognizably like the Bat-symbol. DC has launched an interactive map of this new world, revealing important particulars about this unusual new DCU. We check out the high 5 most intriguing locations and what they may imply for the sequence going ahead.
1. Citadel Bat
At the head of this Bat-shaped DCU lies Gotham. This space is dominated by the Batman Who Laughs, who remodeled the whole continent right into a Gotham of his personal making. The town stretches on for “a whole bunch of miles” and incorporates no human life. Joker Dragons patrol its skies, burning anybody who comes shut. At the coronary heart of this continent is Citadel Bat — a model of Batman that grew to become a sentient metropolis, and now serves as the headquarters for the varied Darkish Batmen underneath the Batman Who Laughs’ management. In keeping with the map, “That is the beating coronary heart of the Metalverse.”
2. Metropolis of Thriller
Just under the continent of Gotham is the Hellscape, the place the Batmage tore open the gates of Hell to introduce what’s “actually Hell on Earth.” There’s one pocket of security, nonetheless — the Metropolis of Thriller. With the Tower of Destiny at its heart, the metropolis is described as being “haunted by the ghosts of generations of the world’s most highly effective magicians, and untouched by hellfire.” It might be the one level of refuge for the remaining heroes of the Metalverse — assuming they’ll make their approach there.
3. Valley of the Rainbow Rings
A graveyard for 1000’s of Lantern Corpsmen, from throughout the emotional spectrum. Inexperienced Lanterns, Yellow Lanterns, Crimson Lanterns, Blue, all buried along with 1000’s of rings hovering uselessly above their graves – on this world, nobody is worthy sufficient for the rings to hunt out. As soon as the heroes of the Metalverse escape their jail on New Apokolips, nonetheless, that may be a distinct story. We’ve got already seen Batman wield a Black Lantern ring. What different rings would possibly the launched heroes come to put on?
4. Brimstone Bay
At first look, it is only a hellish seashore on a hellish continent. Crammed with ash, fireplace and demonic monsters, the map notes that it’s also “secretly the resting place of the….” Presumably, that is not a typo on the map — the last phrase has been faraway from that sentence. It’s the map’s greatest secret, and that alone makes it instantly one of the most intriguing spots in the Metalverse. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have reveled in reveals of their ‘Steel’ saga, and no matter Brimstone Bay is hiding, it’s positive to be epic.
5. New Apokolips
Talking of the DCU’s heroes, the place have all of them gone? We have seen a handful of them, and aside from the unique Batman himself, the relaxation have been pressured into the make use of of the Batman Who Laughs. The remaining of Earth’s heroes have, in response to the map, all been imprisoned on New Apokolips. The photo voltaic jail is represented on the backside proper nook of the map, and is powered by Superman who, final we heard of, had succumbed to the Anti-Life Equation. The jail is underneath the management of the Darkfather, which we are able to solely assume is a model of Batman who took over as the New Gods’ Highfather. Releasing the heroes from that jail will probably be the first main battle to win again the Metalverse.
You’ll find the map in additional element right here. Further tales that additional discover this world could be present in the ‘Darkish Nights: Death Steel Guidebook,’ which is about to launch on August 18, wherever comics are bought.