Review by: Eric Butler Written by: Frank Tieri Art by: Riccardo Federici, Raineier Beredo
What is this? Recently, we have been getting one-shots for Dark Knights Metal. These are designed to help introduce each of the new Bat-Men. Last week we got Batman: The Red Death. The flash batman, this week Cyborg Batman.
Opening up on Earth 0, the first earth in the multiverse. Inside S.T.A.R. Labs we see Victor (Cyborg) talking to his dad. Warning him to evacuate, thanks to the events of Metal #1.
Cyborg is in the watch tower, when he gets the alarm that another leaguer has shown up. The readings says Batman, but a cybernetic batman appears and takes down Cyborg.
It cuts to months ago on Earth-44. Taking place inside the dark multiverse. We see Killer Croc, Two Face, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy beating on Alfred asking for batman. When he refuses, Bane snaps his back and kills him. At the funeral Bruce asks Vic to help him bring a Ai he built of Alfred online.
Once activated the program spread. In an attempt to keep bruce safe, the program murdered every single person in Arkham Asylum. Cyborg wanted to shut it down, but bruce wanted to control it, make it good again.
It's revealed that once Bruce merged with Alfred. He became the machine of ultimate destruction. On his way to achieve peace, the league gathered but all fell before him. Cyborg made it the furthest attempting to reach into Bruces humanity. Batman ripped his head clear off the body.
Back on Earth 0, We see the rest of the Batmen gather to finish cyborg off and then subdue him. Leaving him alive for now.
I really enjoyed these tie ins. They provide amazing back story for each of the evil batman. When I saw the press release stating a cyborg batman. Never did I imagine it was this intense. The art is gorgeous, the story is fantastic. This is just another great Tie-in to the metal event. I give this issue a 8.5/10