DARK DAYS THE FORGE #1
The event that has been building for years kicks off this week with DARK DAYS THE FORGE #1 from DC Comics. Writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV have come together to pen a comic that will lead into the Dark Nights: Metal event. There is so much going on in this issue that a recap is almost impossible. The two main plot threads focus on Hawkman’s legacy with Nth metal and a mystery Batman has been tracking since the first issue Scott Snyder wrote. All of it converges on the idea of metal. From the strange material that gives the Hawks their power to the tower from Infinite Crisis that Batman is hiding beneath the Fortress of Solitude. The threat is vast, vast enough that even the Green Lanterns have taken interest and when Hal Jordan goes looking for secrets in the Batcave he finds more than he bargained for.
This one shot comic is packed full of plot threads pulled from across all time and space of the DC universe and that makes for a very dense read but also a very fulfilling one. Scott Snyder has stated that this upcoming event is the culmination of ideas and clues he began planting with his very first Court of Owls story line and that it will have ramifications throughout the DC universe. As a stand alone story DARK DAYS FORGE #1 does not work at all but as a prelude for things to come it excels and plant the seeds of mystery and intrigue. Every page let me scouring over the narration, dialogue, and art looking for clues and trying to remember old references from stories long past.
The art is a tour de force featuring Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr. Each page is packed with detail and those who know the lore of the DC universe will no doubt find all kinds of clues about the mystery of the metal. DARK DAYS FORGE #1 is a must read for any DC fan. The book is beautiful with a great cover and it looks to tie together plot threads that have been left dangling for years. I would definitely recommend picking this up and leaving it accessible so that you can read it again right before the first issue of Metal.