Black Knights of Steel #5
Expected arrival in store: March 1, 2021
Cover date: May 2022
Screenwriter: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yasmine Putri
Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Covers: Joshua Middleton, Ejikure
Reviewed by: Craig Boehmer
Zala and Kal meet at their father’s coffin. Zala confides that she had to do something to avenge their father and Kal swears justice will be served. Harley meets Ivy in the forest and the two agree that Ivy won’t let any army pass. They are soon interrupted by an angry Diana. Ivy and Diana fight to a stalemate before speaking. Diana reveals that she is looking for Zala because she trusts her. Zala arrives and the two discuss current events. Bruce and Alfred return to the kingdom, Alfred entrusts Bruce with the kryptonite. Bruce tells Kal about their shared heritage, Kal then attempts to murder Bruce with kryptonite only for Bruce to be saved by the Kents.
Story – 1: It’s a tough score. But the book deserves it. The interaction between Ivy, Harley and Diana is well done. It makes sense that the Els would use this forest and Ivy as a barrier to invasion. And Ivy is awesome, her confrontation with Diana is awesome, two titans, neither one gives an inch. But let’s get to the shot in the room. Kal-El is now a villain. He takes the kryptonite and attempts to kill his half-brother Bruce with it, before claiming the world is his. Then, to make matters worse… who saves Bruce from this wacky version of Kal… Ma and Pa Kent. Of course, let’s completely replace Superman with Batman in this story. If it all happened in isolation, it wouldn’t be too bad. But come on DC, we’ve seen this play out so many times over the past few years. May Superman be good!
Art-5: This book continues to be one of the most beautifully drawn and colorful books on the shelves. Its colors are bright and rich. And Putri is fantastic at merging the DC Universe with this mystical world.
Blanket – 4: Mora makes a valiant effort to try and balance his own style while retaining the basic style and pattern of Putri’s past covers. Wonder Woman in the front looks fierce and fearsome, we don’t have enough warrior Diana in this series. Ivy looks great, she is imposing and powerful, which really fits her role in the story.
Coverage variants 1 to 5: Dinah, I guess it’s Dinah, looks amazing in the bottom center. With a nocked arrow and steely determination in her eyes, she is ready for battle. Both Ollie and Dinah in the background are well drawn, and the whole thing is a great cover.
Variant Cover Art #2 – 3: The art is fine. That doesn’t excite me though.
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