This week brings us another one-shot tie-in to the Dark Nights Metal series. This week it's Batman The Murder Machine. Here is your warning, I'll be providing some spoilers like in last week's review of The Red Death.
Once again we've got a Batman on another Earth. This time we see him watching the brutal murder of Alfred. Batman is shaken by the loss of the man who was like his father, and enacts the Alfred Protocol, which is his effort to download Alfred's consciousness. Unfortunately, things go a little awry.
The AI Alfred is trying to remove any threats to Batman, and goes about it by murdering all of the villains in Arkham. Batman attempts to bring him back to "fix" the problems with the AI, but Alfred ends up melding with him.
A bit of chaos ensures, and we get the metal AF scene of Batman ripping Cyborg's head from his body (similar to The Red Death destroying the Scarecrow). Unfortunately for our Cyborg, The Murder Machine comes for him along with all of the other alternate Batmen.
What struck me in this book is that even though the Murder Machine is evil in our world, you can still understand his motivations. He was devastated by the loss of his father figure, and tried to fix the problem with the AI when it started. And once the Batman Who Laughs got in his ear about his world being destroyed, he quickly joined to save his world.
So while his methods may be....unorthodox....for a superhero, the Murder Machine does have some understandable motivations.
This is another stunning addition to the Dark Nights Metal universe. These one-offs have been stunning, both in the writing and the art.
Have you read The Murder Machine yet? What did you think?