[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artists: Trevor McCarthy, Dean White
Covers: Trevor McCarthy, Paul Pope, Lovern Kindzierski
Set in Gotham City in the year 2040, Dick Grayson leads the world against the threat of metahumans.
This was part one of a 6 issue mini series, and what a beginning it was. For starters, I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book. It’s a stand alone series, separate from the DCU that we currently know. Think of how the Injustice comicbooks are, and this fits in the same way. For myself, that is a huge positive, as I absolutely enjoy alternative ideas to the usual run of the mill stories and characters we know.
This story is not without it’s mystery. We’re thrown into a future where all metahuman ability is suppressed. We have no idea how it happened, all we do know is Dick Grayson is responsible. From the opening pages we’re left wondering what happened to the world, and where did all our beloved heroes go. The flow and speed of the story isn’t too fast, which gives us time to digest the story, and pick up clues along the way.
Higgins does give us some action in this story, but it’s the moral dilemma of what Grayson has done that really steals the show. Controversy aside, Grayson isn’t necessary the hero of this story, which makes you wonder if we’re watching it unfold from the villain’s point of view.
The art in this issue was very well done. As the story is set in the future, we get a much older Gotham City and Dick Grayson. McCarthy and White do an amazing job showcasing this in every panel. Extra lines here and there, along with darker colors, really go a long way in giving the story a very tired look, which works very well here.
No real negatives to mention.
A fantastic story which keeps you intertwined with it’s mystery and controversy, and sets up quite the dilemma for the next issue.