Written By: Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick
Art By: Cully Hamner, Laura Martin, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Well, who knew that this issue was actually going to come out?....... You know, since it was reported to be cancelled so that it could be collected into a trade at a later date. Anyway, it's here and that means that we have one more chance to redeem this story and hope to whatever higher power that you're into that this issue can make everything that's come before make sense and that Duke Thomas, The Signal can have the best start possible. Previously, we saw everyone in the Narrows who had the meta gene get activated by the big bad of this story, Gnoman. Let's see if Duke and the rest of the Bat Family can put an end to this madness. Let's check it out.
Now, the biggest problem that this Series has had so far is that it hasn't really setup the world that we now live in after Metal and sadly, it doesn't do much in this issue to rectify that situation here. Really, we have Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood, Robin, Riko and Izzy all on the street level of The Narrows fighting back the hordes of people turned metas, while Batman scopes out a possible location for Gnoman, while Duke goes to the actual location, which he figured out do to his "light powers". Again, talk about not really setting things up, it's the last issue to this series and I still don't know what's up with Duke's powers and what they are or the extent of them.
So Duke goes to where the metas are being created do to some Eighth Metal antenna that's a part of the new Gotham Proper.......... for some reason and we have ourselves a Empire Strikes Back reveal, some hero's choice scenario and Duke teaming up with his police woman friend Detective Aisi.
As our issue closes, all's well that ends well without ever really learning anything about what was going on in this book and what we really have here is just more questions being set up for a later date that I'm not sure that people are going to care about the answers to because this was a bit of a convoluted mess to get Duke Thomas to be the hero we've waited to see for so long. The art in this issue was alright, but overall, this is a series that didn't feel thought out and this final issue felt rushed to get us to a conclusion that didn't feel earned.
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While I love Duke Thomas, I can't say that I love this issue or this series because things just seem to be happening in this and I'm not sure of the logic behind any of it. You get big reveals to things you never knew were hidden, while simple answers are left behind just to get Duke Thomas his superhero status and I'm just left wanting more from everything we got in this series.