Dark Knights of Steel #11, “The Winds of War” is out and is filled with revelations and intrigue. With the seemingly true masterminds behind the manipulations for conflict revealed causing their new alliance, The Three Kingdoms now ready themselves for a war to save the planet. Playing on the themes of nothing-is-as-it-seems, one more not so shocking development threatens the fate of an entire world.
Dan Mora serves another great piece for the main cover; this world’s version of the DC Trinity banded together. Their gazes off in multiple directions suggest they’re watching each other’s back and their heroic poses show they’re ready for anything. The character designs for this Earth have been magnificent and Mora does a perfect job of portraying them.
The variant by Ejikure is an impressive depiction of a berserk Wonder Woman. You can really feel the anger and determination radiating from her through this realistic art style. The flames of war burning a Kingdom of El banner in the background adds to Diana’s disposition for a stunning visual display.
Artist Yasmine Putri and colorist Arif Prianto continue their spectacular interior artwork in Dark Knight of Steel #11. It never fails to impress how Putri is able to completely redesign the look and feel of these characters yet maintain their instant recognizable factor. Prianto’s color schemes expertly marry the four-color superhero and the gritty sword & sorcery genres to bring this book to life. It’s the characters and setting that really make this series stand out, but this art team makes it stand tall.
Tom Taylor, lettered by Wes Abbott, brings us a tale of acceptance, secret plans, and betrayal as if this wasn’t the penultimate chapter of Dark Knights of Steel. During the opening sequence, Bruce is finally able to explain his parentage to Kal-El and fears conflict will rise between them. In a great Superman moment, Kal instead embraces his younger brother with excitement and curiosity. From there Bruce decides to right the wrongs he’s dealt to the prisoners in the dungeon which allows for some fun cameos as he frees those he once thought were threats to the kingdom.
Fearing for the safety of the planet, Queen Lara takes her two children on a quest of their own to secretly forge a classic Kryptonian device that can stop the White Martians forever. The importance of this device is substantial on its own, but Taylor throws yet another twist as we discover who the White Martian Protex has been in league with the entire series. Knowing the character, it’s not entirely shocking, but it does create another interesting facet to this incredible series.
Dark Knights of Steel #11 allows us to take a small breath before throwing us right back into the machinations of the upcoming war. Every issue has been exceptional and #11 continues to follow suit. We only have one more installment to go and I’m sure it’ll be a finale you won’t want to miss.