Dark Days: The Casting continues the story from Dark Days: The Forge and will lead us into the Metal title out next month. As with its predecessor, The Casting is filled to the brim with Easter eggs, familiar old faces, and excellent storytelling along the way. Mild spoilers ahead, but nothing major!
What is this all about?
The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr.!
The Casting begins with more from the Journal of Carter Hall aka Hawkman, giving us more background on what is going on here. Again following a similar format from The Forge where we see Carter Hall’s journey, then modern day Batman digging deeper into this mystery. As the comic moves along, we see that Batman is doing what Hall is warning about in his journal. With three stories running next to each other and collapsing on one another at the end, there is a lot to take in. This does lead to a rather wordy issue yet, the story and dialogue are so good that it doesn’t matter. With appearances from new faces and old ones weaved throughout the issue, it is always engaging and entertaining throughout.
There is a lot to love here, from Carter Hall’s story to Wonder Woman giving Batman a sword from the Gods. However, by far the Joker sections stand out in this issue. Scott Snyder has a knack for writing Joker and he shows that off here again. Joker’s dialogue echoes in your head as you read it, of course, I hear Mark Hamil. The Joker here comes off as terrifying, manipulative, insane, and intelligent. As a section I find myself going back to again and again. Revealing how the Joker repaired his face from New 52 and some other neat insights along the way. Not to mention Jim Lee draws all of these scenes, making for some of the best panels in this issue.
With so many legendary artists on this issue, there is something here for everyone. From Romita to Kubert to Lee, each page is simply stunning. While the jumping around at times can becoming jarring, they do a nice job of keeping artists to separate stories in the issue. This is clearly an event title from DC and they have pulled out all the stops once again to show of the DC Universe. As we go from present day to the past and all around the DC Universe here. All of which is beautifully depicted.
With the conclusion of The Casting, Dark Days has set the perfect stage for Metal. Snyder and Tynion have given us just enough background leading into Metal and we have every reason to be hyped. With so many Easter eggs and clues along the way, I can’t wait to see who shows up in Metal. Along with the expansion and explanation of the Dark Multiverse, this event is set to have long lasting effects on the DC Universe. It couldn’t be in better hands. This summer event is off to a perfect start and DC is showing how to do events right.
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Dark Days: The Casting #1
Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr, Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Steve Wands
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: July 12th, 2017