Writers Scott Snyder & Kyle Higgins
Artist Javier Fernandez
Colors Alex Guimaraes
Letters Clayton Cowles
Cover Lee Weeks & Brad Anderson
The Dark Multiverse, a place where each universe is a dark version of something possible in the regular multiverse. Spreading across an infinite expanse in the space behind where the source wall used to be. Various horrors from there brew.
Tempus, a multiversal abstract, gazes into the DM in search of help in the coming crisis. Searching Earth after Earth in hopes to find one just good enough to lend a hand to prevent mutually assured destruction. As evil as it is, perhaps there can be a shred of hope within the subject of destruction.
His stare brings him to another Gotham, radically different from what we are familiar with. This one having diverged during Jean-Paul Valley’s time as Batman while hooked on venom. Azrael, having bested Bruce in there final. Claiming Gotham city as his domain as Saint Batman.
This Gotham is very much under what I would call a horrible totalitarian nightmare. Crime is down, but the bleak streets of Gotham are even worse than the norm. Jean-Paul now lives in Wayne Manor, has “knights” patrolling the streets and honestly that’s not even close to most contorted parts of this realm.
The art style of this whole book is gorgeous Javier Fernandez does very well to help convey more than the word can. Between the cityscapes, Jean-Paul’s struggles with venom addiction, and what was once Wayne Manor. There’s a flow in his art while not being too distracting from Snyder and Higgins’ wonderful take on this “what if?”
That brings me to my favorite part of this book. The plot was so very well thought out that I never felt like I was reading an 80-page one-shot comic. That is the trick to very good writing, isn’t it? To be so captivating that your audience is kind of forced into their mind when reading. At a certain point, you get so deep into it that visualizing what you’re reading becomes effortless. Your mind seeking the next piece of information, needing the conclusion to be at peace. Honestly, Snyder & Higgins knocked this one out of the park. Any Batman or just Goth lore fan, in general, should make an effort to pick this up.