Dark Knights of Steel #4. Wow. Just, wow. This series so far has been a breath of fresh air and wildly inventive as an Elseworld story. It surpassing its predecessors by weaving an intricate alternate history of the DC Universe over multiple issues, allowing for longer and deeper storytelling.
The standard cover is by Yasmine Putri, which gives us an epic shot of Alfred and Jor-El set atop a backdrop of a broken stained glass window depicting the two sons of the royal family. A telling and beautifully rendered cover, teasing the themes of the story within.
The first variant is by Joshua Middleton and is a Norman Rockwell worthy depiction of Medieval minstrel Harley Quinn, which I’ve thought is a refreshing take on the character. The cover itself looks classically painted and is worthy for printing on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
And lastly, the second cover is by Bengal and it depicts the El Family, Jor, Lara, and baby Kal. It’s a nice candid pose, as if a passerby snapped a picture of them at a parade. The Superman symbol glows in the background. It’s a simple striking cover that endears us to these characters, who are featured heavily in this issue.
In Dark Knights Of Steel #4, we delve into the past and discover how Jor-El and Lara became King and Queen, what happened to the Waynes and the origin of the Green Man.
Narrated by Alfred, this issue is a perfect standalone capsule of amazing storytelling. If this was the only issue of the series, and none of the others were released, I dare say you would be satisfied. There is a beginning, a middle, an end, and all three are absolutely fantastic.
Bengal of course, also helms the interior art, which continues to be just absolutely gorgeous. His style finds a happy balance of classic comic art teetering on the edge of realism, and it’s just perfect for this series. His character and world designs are shining brightly here and give this series a unique and utterly fresh feel.
Dark Knights of Steel #4 is the best issue of this already amazing series. Everything which has made the series great so far is distilled here into a tight one issue story, with incredible art which will enthral you.
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