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It's trying to be Hickman's 'Secret Wars' so bad. It fails...
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
1. The Batman Who Laughs has been written to death. An awesome character when Scott/Greg first introduced us to him back in METAL but the character has become a caricature for horribly written villains, especially when he becomes the darkest knight, *sigh*.
2. Robin King has no impact on the story whatsoever. He's just there. He also says something to Flash that borders on being just flat-out gross. I forget what he said, something about the murder of his mother (issue 3). Just poor writing.
3. You'll regret buying this once you see the last panel of issue 1. I don't care if people use Alan Moore's stuff but at least treat his creations with respect, man. They really did Dr. Manhattan dirty here.
So overwhelming that Scott Snyder-- the writer of the COURT OF OWLS storyline--wrote THIS overhyped, convoluted, juvenile mess. You can slap the word 'hope' on each page and insert a thousand heroes but that doesn't make it a good superhero comic. Especially if the consequences are flat, which this event has in droves. If you want to buy this comic solely for the craziness, don't. Spend that hard-earned cash somewhere else. Trust me. However, if you're an aspiring inker/colorist, I do recommend that you should buy it (go cheap tho). But if you need a prime example of how to not do superhero comic books, this is it. The JSA were underutilized, Batman's a cliché here... It's a laundry list...