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Dark Nights Metal Chant

Everyone enjoying the craziness that is Dark Nights Metal? Snyder did promise us a fun, over the top ride and he seems to be delivering with, among other things, issue #2’s reveal of Darkseid as a baby:

(And is Darkseid making the devil’s horns sign beloved of the late, great Ronnie James Dio or am I just seeing what I want to?)

It’s jumping around and barking mad – and I’m really enjoying it. I may get around to annotating it further down the line, although it’s a little too embedded in the Batman books for me to get every single reference, but I did want to do my public duty and offer up one thing.

On page 20, the Court of Owls and the Strigydae trap Batman in order to raise the big bad guy, Barbatos, complete with a summoning ritual:

The font that’s used has been in DC’s comics for several years – among other places, it’s turned up in Blue Beetle as the language of the scarab; it was used in Pandora: Trinity of Sin when Pandora (remember her?) cast a spell; and even as far back as Final Crisis: Requiem when it was used as the Martian language.

Here, though, it’s the same phrase repeated three times, then the first three words repeated twice:

BEARS BIRDS BATS? CHANTING
IN ANCIENT TONGUES!

That’s all it says, folks. I’ll admit the question mark after BATS is a guess, but it’s not the same as the exclamation mark at the end of TONGUES.

You can thank me later.

Another Doomsday Clock Cover

DC have released another variant for Doomsday Clock #1 and it’s gorgeous:

They’re clearly harking back to the black and white images that were done for the original series – you can see a Rorschach one that I posted here a few months back.

While that’s clearly Rorschach’s journal Batman’s reading, I can’t see how they could justify the character himself appearing. He’s dead on the Watchmen Earth so why would Dr Manhattan bring him back? Unless of course someone other than Manhattan were to bring him back . . . but that makes no sense either.

All will be revealed from November onwards, I guess.

Who Wants Spam?

One of the nice things about WordPress (and the same goes for Blogger when I was posting over there) is it catches pretty much all the spam comments. Most times I ignore them but every now and then something catches my eye just before I hit delete on them. Like these:

Full marks for your automated bot including the site and page name – that shows some effort on your part, so well done. Still not going to click on the link that I’ve blacked out, though.

That’s kind of you to say that my site is “the right website” to talk about Blackest Night. Not sure people have been discussing it “for decades” though.

Thanks, but no interest in monetizing – I do this because I’m a big comics nerd, not so I can get rich by searching for that term I’ve blanked out.

I did get approached by a company who wanted to pay me to write promoted articles on subjects that they’d give me; I doubt I was singled out as opposed to being just another blogger sent an email in a scatter-gun approach in the hope that someone bites. I didn’t bother replying.

When it comes to making money of this little site, I’m with Batman: