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Dark Days: The Casting is the second and final part of the Metal prelude, which will be the focus of this episode. The Casting questions the path that Batman is so adamant to go down and gives us doubts as to whether or not it was a good idea to continue pursuing the ‘darkness’.

In this episode I will be taking a look at:

  • How the structure of the prelude lends itself to making the narrative more exciting.
  • The role of other characters (specifically the Joker) in changing the mood of the comic.
  • The success of The Casting and the prologue as a whole.

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE AND IN THE SHOW NOTES

MUSIC IN THIS PRODUCTION:

ChipScape by chasersgaming

Difference by chasersgaming

Mandatory Overtime by Joth

“Anomaly”
by Eric Matyas
www.soundimage.org

SOURCES IN THIS PRODUCTION:

DARK DAYS: THE CASTING (DC Comics)

SHOW NOTES

Plot Summary: Batman continues to gravitate towards the Dark Multiverse, which is also reflected in the writings of Carter Hall’s diary (as he also gets closer). What he doesn’t know is that on the other side, there will be more that what he initially bargained for.

Structural Advantage: I’m quite the fan of how The Forge sets up the plot points and The Casting almost ‘pays them off’, creating some synergy between the two issues. Additionally, Synder is able to create prelude that piques your interest for the rest of the Dark Nights: Metal event, but is rather conclusive rather than open-ended. You many have realised by now that open-ended narratives are the bane of my existence, whether that’s in anime or comics; I’m relieved that this was not the way the Dark Days chapters were handled.

The Joker: The Joker, if anything, is the ‘wokest’ character in this part of the narrative, as he is able to verbalise what I (and hopefully other readers) was thinking. He labels Batman’s entire endeavour as a ‘conspiracy’ and eludes to how the result won’t be what he expected. Additionally, The Joker challenges how everything seems to be set up, offering the question as to how and why characters such as Duke Thomas are instrumental to Batman’s plan.

As a whole, I think Dark Days: The Casting is a very good way of concluding the prelude to Dark Nights: Metal; it unites the concepts from The Forge, as Batman becomes less than one step closer to stepping into the dark.

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