There are a lot of comics out there but some stand out head and shoulders above the pack. With “Don’t Miss This,” we want to spotlight those series we think need to be on your pull list. This week, we take a look at DC’s new maxi-series title, “Dark Knights of Steel” by writer Tom Taylor and artist Yasmine Putri! “Dark Knights of Steel” is just getting started but the incredible level of quality from the first two issues should not be ignored! If you have ever been curious about a sword and sorcery take on Superman and Batman, Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri have you covered! Without further ado, let’s take a deeper look at an impressive superhero title!
Who is this by?
Author Tom Taylor is an in-demand creator across the comic book industry right now. Taylor has written an impressive bibliography of great titles over the past couple of years at DC. Taylor is currently writing the headline-grabbing “Superman: Son of Kal-El” with artist John Timms. Taylor is also stepping into the Batman franchise with both the “Batman: The Detective” mini-series with art from Andy Kubert and “Nightwing” with art from Bruno Redondo. A few years ago at Marvel, Taylor worked on the landmark “All-New Wolverine” series with David López in 2016. Taylor’s BOOM! Studios comic book “The Deep” with art from James Brouwer was adapted to a television series on Netflix. Taylor also wrote various mini-series for DC like “DCeased” with Trevor Hairsine. “Dark Knights of Steel” seems to take inspiration from those projects without the need for those pesky zombies!
Artist Yasmine Putri is an incredibly accomplished cover artist at both Marvel and DC. Putri has worked on a lot of covers for Spider-Man and Spider-Man adjacent properties like “Silk” over at Marvel. Putri has drawn lots of covers at DC for titles like “Nightwing.” Yasmine Putri’s interior work should be treated as a special occasion. Putri is also lending stunning covers to “Dark Knights of Steel” that stand on their own.
What’s it all about?
“Dark Knights of Steel” reimagines the DC Universe in a high-fantasy setting. Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri invert popular DC characters like Superman with new mythology and relationships with each other. Taylor starts the series by showing how Superman arriving on Earth at a different time sets off a chain reaction that alters the DC Universe. Taylor slowly reintroduces key DC characters like Batman and begins to show off the differences and similarities with the characters of the main series.
What makes it so great?
The two main items that push “Dark Knights of Steel” into greatness are Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri. “Dark Knights of Steel” is a wonderful showcase for each creator. Taylor is great at crafting new relationships quickly. Taylor effortlessly builds up the dynamic between Jor-El, Batman, and Superman incredibly well here. Taylor’s cliffhanger for the first issue depends on readers getting invested in the property. Thankfully, most readers are going to be invested enough in the property at the end of the debut to pick up the next chapter. Taylor always writes his characters with subtlety and nuance. There’s a scene in the debut issue with Green Arrow and Green Lantern that folds into the first issue’s final cliffhanger masterfully. At first, readers would think this scene is added for no reason but Taylor and Putri directly pay this moment off in the cliffhanger and widen the scope of the overall series.
Putri is the main draw of “Dark Knights of Steel.” Putri’s page layouts are creative and capture the max potential from Taylor’s script. There’s a scene in the Kingdom of Storms that carefully hints at returning DC characters. Putri alludes to obscure DC heroes using their powers in small visual details chopped up in a 7-panel page that feels incredibly natural to the eye. Putri is great at directing the reader to the most interesting elements of the page. Putri splits up the panels at certain moments to show an important range of motion on the page. Putri is able to make the judgment call here on whether an unconventional structure would suit the story best. Putri also lends a vivid array of colors to the page. There are moments where the entire page is eclipsed in a white space to draw the reader’s attention to the image on the panel. Putri has more control of the art as well by both coloring and illustrating the interior work.Continued below
“Dark Knights of Steel” is an impressive collaboration between Putri and Taylor. Taylor has lots of great ideas and draws fascinating connections between the story setting and DC characters. Putri utilizes art and colors to find the greatest sense of emotion for the scene. Taylor’s reimagining of Superman’s origin is clever by itself but Putri’s depiction of Superman’s infamous crash landing is as smart as the script. Putri arranges the crash landing with the intense feeling of motion capture on the page. There are speed lines and lettering with objects falling out of the air.
The other intriguing aspect of “Dark Knights of Steel” is the setting and structure of the story. DC has wisely chosen to make “Dark Knights of Steel” a mini-series that will stand out among the crowded amount of content DC is currently publishing. Taylor’s mythology is so deep for this series that there is lots of potential for a spin-off. I hope Putri will be able to lend interiors to all future issues in order to keep this immense level of quality.
How can you read it?
“Dark Knights of Steel” is a twelve-issue maxi-series published by DC Comics. The first two issues are currently available where finer comic book series are sold. The first volume of the series is not solicited yet but keep your eye open on stores shelves (and DC’s solicits) over the next few months! Whatever you do, do not miss this epic classic in the making!