Batman: Night Of The Monster Men
By Steve Orlando, Tom King, Tim Seeley , James Tynion IV , Riley Rossmo , Ivan Plascencia , Deron Bennett
I received a free copy of Batman: Night Of The Monster Men from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.
The first crossover of DC Universe: Rebirth is here!
As a huge storm approaches, Batman, Batwoman, and Nightwing try and prepare Gotham City for the worst, but nothing can prepare them for enormous tall monsters rampaging through the streets! Batman will need all of his allies to unite in order to stop these mad science monsters from tearing their city apart! Will the Dark Knight, Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface be enough? And who is the mastermind behind it all?
Breakout writer Tom King (The Sheriff of Babylon) teams with writers Steve Orlando (Midnighter), Tim Seeley (Grayson) and James Tynion IV (Batman/TMNT) for this epic crossover event!
Collecting: Batman 7-8, Nightwing 5-6, & Detective Comics 941-942
Summary from Goodreads.
Night Of The Monster Men is the first crossover in DC Universe: Rebirth, and if it is anything to say how the other crossovers will go, then they will be hit and miss for people. I personally do not think that it was as bad as everyone is saying that it was, but it was not amazing either.
Lets start with the storyline. The Bat-family have to protect Gotham from monsters that start appearing one night. Batman divides the team to either evacuating citizens or fighting it. It starts out all fine, but things start to go downhill very fast. Spoiler and Orphan are tasked with helping the people in the caves and keeping the peace whilst everyone else is on the streets fighting these monsters. Whilst I do not want to say much more about the actual plot, what I will say is that it does get better and a few twists do keep you interested in what is going on.
The art style was very variable, as expected from it coming from different artist who have different styles. This, personally, made it very jarring changing from one artist to another who styles are very different. The last two issues, which I believe were from Detective Comics, was my favourite art style out of the three. That is not really a surprise as Detective Comics is my favourite ongoing storyline from DC: Rebirth.
The redeeming part of this crossover is the final few issues. All the pervious issues, whilst not the greatest, set up an amazing finale that I could almost forgive the rest of it for not being up to standard.
Whilst not the greatest, I would say still give it a read as it does not have a follow-on but it will give a nice context to what is going on for the Batman, Nightwing and Detective Comics storylines.
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