Synopsis: In Dark Knights of Steel. An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning!
In this new take on some of DC’s most popular characters. Jor-EL and Lara escape Krypton with their son and settle somewhere in Medieval Europe. They rule a Kingdom where all Magic is banned and they have The Batman and his Robin’s hunting down practitioners of magic who work for the mysterious Green Man. This first issue pretty much sets the stage and ends with an assassination of the king.
Yasmine Putri does a fantastic job of the artwork. I loved the opening few panels where we see the destruction of Krypton and how that transitions into the El’s landing in Europe to a frosty reception from some local knights. I also loved the dungeon-like setting where we meet The Green Man (A Green Lantern) who is narrating to his scribe. Additionally, I also like how the artist manages to do a medieval, but modern twist on Batman’s armor.
This is a strong start to what will be a 12 issue run of a book that puts some of our favorite heroes and villains into a medieval setting. However, I hope that at some point to see how Jor-El and Lara El came to rule over their Kingdom and learn why they banned magic.
The relationship between Batman and Kal-El is as heated as ever. At one point we see Kal pretty much call Bruce Wayne and his traditions backward. The book ends with a magnificent cliffhanger, which involves a certain well-known archer and some kryptonite arrows.
Overall. Dark Knights of Steel opens up a world of possible storylines and gives alternative takes on many of DC’s most popular characters. I can’t wait to read more.