The DC Rebirth gave us a different kind of reboot. While most are used to fill in gaps, others are used to bring the comic book world into the modern era. In Batman Rebirth, we got the modern feel of the New 52 while giving tribute to the past. This is ever present in Batman: Night of the Monster Men, a collaborative effort written by authors Tom King, Steve Orlando, Tim Seeley, and James Tynion IV.
Dr. Hugo Strange is a psychiatrist who wants to replace Batman as Gotham City’s protectors. As such, he gives five victims a shot of a mutated version of Bane’s super steroid venom, allowing to mutate into monsters.
As a hurricane approaches, the monsters attack. Batman, still reeling from the death of Tim Drake aka Red Robin, wants to fight the monsters alone, but Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batwoman (Kate Kane), The Signal (Duke Thomas), Orphan (Cassandra Cain), recently reformed Clayface (Basil Karlo) and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth refuse to allow him to face these monsters and the hurricane on his own.
Stretching across the Detective Comics, Batman, and Nightwing titles, we truly get a glimpse of the Batman Family at their best fighting alongside each other. At first, I was not a fan of the modern Batwoman, but after New 52 and DC Rebirth, I have to admit that I’m enjoying the character. She compliments Batman as someone who forces him to keeps his head on her shoulders. It is a good dynamic.
While the story veers from the action/adventure and/or spy/thriller territory and more into horror/sci-fi, I found this story incredibly entertaining and well written. The artwork, though different thanks to the varying titles, looks amazing and well drawn. Definitely pick this up at your nearest comic book store.
That is my review. What did you think? Let me know in the comments below and tell me if there’s a graphic novel you’d like me to review. Check out my Harley Quinn: Worst To Best. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more posts like this one.