Swords. Sorcery. Superheroes. The DC Universe meets epic high fantasy in Dark Knights of Steel, a new 12-issue series from bestselling writer Tom Taylor (Injustice, DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri.
Dark Knights of Steel #1 imagines a reality where Superman and Batman aren’t just best friends — but actual brothers thanks to an affair between Superman’s father and Batman’s mother that resulted in the birth of Bruce Wayne.
Dark Knights of Steel introduces the traditional origins of Superman at the heart of the series, with a single ship barely escaping the destruction of Krypton. But instead of just carrying the infant Kal-El, the ship also brings Jor-El and Lara to a medieval variation of Earth. It isn’t long before the collective El family establishes themselves as powerful rulers on this world thanks to their powers and advanced technology. While there are some forces that are positioned against them, the El family also formed a close bond with another major DC family, the Waynes. In this world, Thomas and Martha Wayne were lords of their land before their deaths — seemingly at the hand of “witchcraft” — set up the Els to become the new kings of the realm.
Jor-El’s desire to see Bruce upon the throne doesn’t matter, as the subjects of this land see the Els as gods while the young Wayne is merely a “bastard.” Speaking alone at the top of the castle, Jor-El confirms that in this world, Bruce’s heritage isn’t completely tied to the Wayne family legacy. Thomas and Martha had too much honor to hide the fact that Bruce was actually the product of an affair between the current king and Martha. While he considers their brief act a moment of weakness and a mistake, Jor-El tries to convince Bruce that he has never been a mistake, and that he truly sees him as a son.
Bruce with some of the same Kryptonian powers that make Kal-el so strong (and allowing Bruce to survive injuries that should have otherwise killed him), it also gives this version of the Dark Knight a legitimate claim to the throne, as Jor-El explains he was the beloved son of two different kings. It also completely ties in the Batman/Superman legacies of this world together with a true bond, making Batman literally part of this world’s Superman family. While the idea of Batman and his Robins already seems to be a major element in this world, it’s exciting to see Bruce Wayne potentially tied to another one of the DC Universe’s chief legacies.
A brand new-new DC Universe will be born in this generational tale of good and evil. Get it at a comics shop near you or digitally on Tuesday 11/02/21!