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Dark Knights of Steel #12 (of 12)

75
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

The cataclysmic conclusion to the bestselling series is here. The Three Kingdoms are united for the first time in a generation against a common threat—but can even their combined might prevail? Will a traitor in their midst turn the tide of the final battle? The shocking finale…but is this truly the end?

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
30 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0C9JX6D9N

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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Dark Knights of Steel marked another successful out of continuity series for Taylor who excels at these types of stories. With Putri, Prianto and Abbott, Taylor has a creative team worthy of another round of stories featuring this magical, superhero kingdom.

  • 97

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The finale of the limited series ends with the formation of a familiar organization and the potential to create future tales set in this universe. As always, Taylor does an excellent job of providing unique twists and surprises without confusing or overwhelming the audience. I really appreciated how each character used their strengths in a way that was both familiar and innovative. Waller stayed true to the character that fans know well, while protagonists such as Harley and Ivy used their brains and ability in similar manner. Overall, I really enjoyed this series. This alternate universe was immaculately constructed. The pacing was well done, and I am particularly impressed at the cohesive ending. Well done to the creative team!

    The Art: This issue contains brilliantly crafted action scenes that are fully immersive. The classic illustrations focus on both character and scenery in detailed, realistic form. Every page is both emotionally engaging and tonally supportive of the tale.

  • 93

    Superman Homepage

    So… DC needs to protect Superman from Tom Taylor. Please do not give him anymore Superman, or Superman related projects. Give him Batman, or others in the Batfamily. He doesn’t like Superman. “Dark Knights of Steel” was a clever name, but this is a far cry from the Justice League story I thought it would be. It is obvious that this should actually be called “The Dark Knight, and some other characters that we don’t care about.” It is very frustrating how Batman centric this story is, right up to the finale where Bruce is given the throne… Kal and Diana were little more than window dressing to provide Tom an opportunity to show how cool Bruce is.

    Now that does not mean it wasn’t a good story, just don’t pretend it is a Justice League story. The final battle was cleverly thought out, even if the strategy made it a little underwhelming. Instead of the titanic battle I had hoped for, we get a few pages of Martians cowering from the fire. Where was the all out war that was solicited? I erroneously thought this would be more of a “Lord of the Rings” inspired tale with epic battles to rival Helm’s Deep, Pelennor Fields, Amon Hen and the like. Instead we were given the Star Wars Prequels… lots of debates and discussions. This review sounds super negative, but I really did enjoy a lot of the story, it just felt like a wasted opportunity.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Is this a good final issue? Absolutely, but it’s also a little hamstrung by some of the best things about the series. It has an epic scale and a huge cast of characters, which means not everyone gets a fair shake in the final issue. Constantine gets to step up for a larger role this issue, including coming up with the decisive gambit that wins the battle. However, other players like Zara Jor-El largely stay out of focus. The ending has one last dark twist, as a major villain gets away with their plan and a major hero pays the ultimate price, even as Earth is saved and a new world is formed in the aftermath. I’m fascinated by what Taylor built here, but it feels like he’s only begun to explore it. Much like with DCeased, it would make a lot of sense if there is more planned for this universe, because there’s so much left to explore. I just hope it comes back with this creative team intact when everyone has the time and story in mind.

  • 90

    Batman-News

    The fantastic world of Knights of Steel is fun, interesting, and action packed. Though most characters have familiar traits and reputation, a new reader can have a blast flipping through the story with little to no experience reading DC Comics at all. Even still, there are few issues and nitpicks that Tom Taylor still can’t justify. Aside from all of the cool moments, the story takes small convivences to get from point A to point Z. In just this issue, I have no idea why the Kryptonite wielding White Martians would leave the battlefield to chase the heroes. Furthermore, it is a Batman/Superman story at its core, but Kal El doesn’t actually get to do anything. Yet, overall I’d never say any of those things will keep this book from being an often gorgeous adventure for curious readers.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    While Dark Knights of Steel #12 definitely gives us an ending, there have been so many doors left open, leaving so much room for potential. Where is Waller? Where’s Bruce heading next? How about the Robins and Diana and Kal’s separate love stories?

    I want more, and other fans are left wanting more, too. Isn’t that perfect for an Elseworlds saga? The series ends with this universe’s own Justice League, pulling on my heartstrings. I’m hoping there will be more, as the art and different iterations of my favorite heroes has been a thrill to read.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    While Dark Knights of Steel #12 definitely gives us an ending, there have been so many doors left open, leaving so much room for potential. Where is Waller? Where’s Bruce heading next? How about the Robins and Diana and Kal’s separate love stories?

    I want more, and other fans are left wanting more, too. Isn’t that perfect for an Elseworlds saga? The series ends with this universe’s own Justice League, pulling on my heartstrings. I’m hoping there will be more, as the art and different iterations of my favorite heroes has been a thrill to read.

  • 85

    AIPT

    Dark Knights of Steel #12 manages to wrap up the long building final battle while setting up a universe well worth exploring again in future series. Throw in a key character death or two and you have yourself a rousing climax.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    Dark Knights of Steel #12 delivers a strong conclusion to Tom Taylor and Yasmine Putri’s epic. The final battle against the White Martians had a big event feel. The end result leaves the door open for an even bigger story to take place down the line. All in all, Dark Knights of Steel is a series you should pick up the trade paperbacks to experience the story for yourself.

  • 84

    The Fandom Post

    This was an absolute blast of a series from start to finish that only suffered from the delays it had. And those were worthwhile because the quality of the artwork and writing will mean that in the long run when more people see this through collections where they’ll have the best experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the finale wraps up things neat and tidy but with enough messes around the edges so that we’ll definitely come back for more whenever they decide to revisit it again. The concept is simple – just like the other non-continuity books that Taylor has worked on – but the execution is fantastic across the board. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me reading DC’s books when their sprawling continuity stuff just feels like it doesn’t work. Great characters, engaging and fun stories that shake things up, and great artwork. Very recommended.

  • 80

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Tom Taylor’s swords of sorcery take on the DCU wraps up with a huge final issue. All the pieces slot together for a satisfying and epic conclusion which leaves plenty of room for future stories.

  • 80

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This is issue wraps up the story rather neatly. Taylor has to do a couple of things. Bring together our heroes to brawl with White Martians. Set things up for a sequel since, I think, this has been a successful book. Wrap up the side stories. Set up the next villain. And he does all that. The brawl takes a sort of back seat as the fight ends quickly, using a crutch that DC has been leaning on for 5 years.

    But what I really like is the time that Taylor gives to the characters here. This could be the last time we see these folks. Taylor gives us some great closing moments for all the characters, even the secondary ones. My favorite moment is with a supporting characters. This really felt like a fleshed out world and therefore I will miss it.

    Putri work here feels a little bit less polished than her work in the earlier issues. But her work is so strong and powerful that it is still powerful and bold. I hope we see her work in other places. Put her on 4 issue minis or specials. But keep her in the fold.

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    Having a good ending to a saga can be difficult. It can be built up significantly, only to fall flat at the last second. With twelve issues and some additional side content, “Dark Knights of Steel” seems to hit the sweet spot of a very interesting Elseworld story on Earth-118, and “Dark Knights of Steel” #12, apparently the conclusion, does stick the landing. While some newer alternate universe stories have had rushed endings, Tom Taylor uses what he has and pushes for the end of this particular tale in a very satisfying, fun way that is true to the overall themes of the story. Furthermore, Taylor leaves plenty of room for more stories down the line for these characters.

  • 70

    ComicBook.com

    Dark Knights of Steel ends with one more shocking death, but otherwise wraps things up in a pretty satisfying way. While the series seemed to lose some steam once the White Martians were revealed as the true villains, I thought this was still a very solid Elseworlds story with some absolutely stunning art. I appreciate that DC let Yasmine Putri draw the entire series from start to finish – she gave the comic a fantastic look and helped to keep the comic feeling like one of DC’s prestige series despite not being a “canon” title. Hopefully, we get more Dark Knights of Steel in the future, as there are plenty more stories in this world left to be told.

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