Last week “Gotham Resistance” started with Damian, Green Arrow, Killer Croc, and Harley Quinn joining together in a fight against the Batman/Joker Nightmare. Ending with Nightwing joining the fray–and Mister Freeze powered up–the heroes must continue through the maze that sprouted in Gotham.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
A DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in! “GOTHAM RESISTANCE” part two! One vanquished foe gives way to another, even worse threat as this crucial tie-in to DC’s METAL continues! Hopelessly lost in a kingdom of snow and ice, our heroes are set upon by Mr. Freeze and his fearsome frost giants from the Dark Multiverse! But help arrives in the form of an at once foreign and familiar Dick Grayson…
Why does this matter?
So far this has been a fun series that’s action-packed and tied to Gotham in interesting ways. Apparently, there are hidden passageways and underground areas that even Batman hasn’t discovered yet. Add in the Batman/Joker nightmare and you have yourself a villain that’s freaky and hellbent on controlling Batman’s rogues gallery with magic cards.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue opens with Mister Freeze afraid as his cell door opens and the Batman/Joker nightmare enters to give him a new lease on life. It’s a reminder these nightmares are twisting Batman’s rogues gallery whether they like it or not. This opening page is also a nice reminder that the nightmares are incredibly creepy. Writer Tim Seeley cuts immediately to where Teen Titans left off with Nightwing and the rest facing off against a giant ice monster. Seeley quickly has these characters working as a team, which adds a nice layer to their suspect alliances.
The entire issue is punctuated by captions from Nightwing as he relays to the reader things Batman told him concerning Barbatos. Not only do these captions key the reader in on Nightwing’s insider knowledge, but help convey his bond with Batman. Plus they allow an armory of swords and other medieval style weaponry to logically make it into the hero’s hands! Seeley doesn’t forget about the Teen Titans or Suicide Squad who end up playing a part and rubbing each other the wrong way. Thankfully they add something to the issue, especially with the cliffhanger!
The art by Paul Pelletier keeps the action moving with some well-timed double page layouts. There’s a positively awesome full page spread of Mister Freeze that harkens to Game of Thrones, which fans of the show should love. The evil Robins who cry “Crow” also make appearances and they look incredibly scary. So far the Batman/Joker character has been mostly skulking in the shadows, but given his Robin army and Damian sidekick he’s the most interesting of the nightmares revealed so far.
Great placement of heroes in this page.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Nightwing’s captions can slow things down to a crawl at times in this issue and sometimes seem unrelated to the scene at hand. Less is more in many cases and the captions are telling the reader things that would be far more interesting if shown. Given the most likely limited page time to relay the important information, it makes sense but does drag the overall experience down.
While there’s a touch of character work in the opening with Mister Freeze he, unfortunately, ends up being a screaming villain with no purpose in this issue. So far the characters possessed by the magical cards have all been reduced to angry villains with no character depth to speak of. That makes them rather boring and just another goon to be punched.
Is It Good?
So far this tie-in series has been an action-packed thrill ride that suits the main event’s similar proclivities. That said, it’s mostly action with little character depth for the villain or many heroes, though Nightwing gets his fair share this issue.