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Dark Knights of Steel #11

Scheduled to arrive in stores: June 6, 2023
Cover date: August 2023

"The Winds of War"

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yasmin Putri
Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Covers: Ejikure, Ludo Lullabi

Reviewed by: Craig Boehmer
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Constantine is drunk in a tavern and runs into Harley and Lois, the three commiserate about how they failed their respective monarchs by feeding them bad intel. They decide to join together to create problems for the White Martians. Kal and Bruce are finally reunited in the castle, and celebrate their newfound brotherhood. Bruce reveals that he found a green crystal that drains their energy and he is worried that the shapeshifters have that crystal. Meanwhile the Martians have created a sword from the kryptonite, and one sneaks into J'onn's prison to destroy him. J'onn contacts Kal and Bruce who rush in a fight the Martian off. The leaders then go about creating protective fires all over the city to protect against the Martians. While this is occurring Bruce descends to the dungeons and frees the prisoners who he put there for having superpowers. And after a terse argument with Amanda Waller, Lara takes her children to a secret cavern where they build a phantom zone projector to cast the enemy into a prison capable of holding them. The last page reveals a secret that I won't go into here... I'll leave that for you to uncover.

5Story - 5: This issue has rebuilt the hype for me. I can't wait to see how this series ends, and I hope that like "DCeased," Taylor will revisit this world to build out more stories and villains for the heroes to deal with. An animated series based on this world would be incredible. My only issue is that I hate Harley Quinn's character in pretty much every iteration I've seen her in... that trend continues here.

5Art - 5: Delays have really hurt the hype around this book. But the art that Putri puts out for these issues is so pretty. It's an incredibly beautiful world that has been created, and I can't to get my hands on each issue to gobble the images up.

5Cover Art - 5: This is a money shot. beautiful image by one of the best working in the business right now. The Trinity ready for war... I love it.

4Variant Cover - 4: There's a lot this cover does right. The facial expression is particularly amazing, but it is so dark that you lose a lot of the detail the artist put in to the work.

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