"Rise of the New God": The Batman who Laughs stole the Manhattan energy of Wally West and also took the power of the Mobius Chair for himself, completing his transformation in the Darkest Knight and ascending
Dark Nights: Death Metal Rise of the New God #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of December, 2020. It was published on October 27, 2020.
Synopsis for "Rise of the New God"
The Batman who Laughs stole the Manhattan energy of Wally West and also took the power of the Mobius Chair for himself, completing his transformation in the Darkest Knight and ascending to a level of god-like powers. He now can finally take on Perpetua, head to head, to see who will shape the new Multiverse. As the two deities battle, a being from the Omniverse is called to do his duty: he is the Chronicler, a functionary of the Source who records all the stories of a Multiverse before it dies. Because that's where this Multiverse is headed: to death.
He feels different sources where he might gather information, people who, crisis after crisis, still retained the general view of things. The first is Roger Hayden, known as the Psycho-Pirate, currently caged in Hell, a prison inside Earth-0. Getting to him, the Chronicler takes the information he needs. He will do the same with Vril Dox, son of Brainiac. As he gets to know more and more of this Multiverse, he starts doubting the fate and the doom surrounding him: how could something so full of potential, with still so much to tell be blown away? What kind of corruption could destroy it, after so much great stories were produced inside of it?
He knows he cannot intervene: he is just a functionary, there are much higher beings in the Source compared to him. He's just here to record, to chronicle, to enscript the history of a dying Multiverse in the Codex Omniversa. But still he believes this should not be an end. And so, he resurrects someone who, like him, saw this Multiverse from a general perspective: a god here in this Multiverse, called Metron. This Metron explains him he believes that belief itself is the key of this Multiverse. The little mortals believe in gods, and so they exist, just like him. And the gods like him believe in the Source, so the Source exists. He's not sure, but if the Chronicler, who stands in the Omniverse, will believe in this Multiverse, so this Multiverse will live on, eternally.
The Chronicler then decides to ask Metron to give him all his knowledge, so that he might piece together all the history of this condemned, but so beautiful Multiverse. And he sees, he sees it all. And he believes...
Appearing in "Rise of the New God"
- The Chronicler (First appearance)
- Earth-One characters: (In a vision)
- Earth-Two characters: (In a vision)
- New Earth characters: (In a vision)
- Prime Earth characters:
- Adam Strange (In a vision)
- Brainiac (In a vision)
- Captain Cold
- The Joker
- Gotham Knights (In a vision)
- Green Lantern Corps (Also in a vision)
- Linear Men (First appearance)
- Mongul (In a vision)
- New Gods (Flashback only)
- The Riddler
- Wonder Woman (In a vision)
- Fuginauts (Mentioned only)
- Earth-One (In a vision)
- Earth-Two (In a vision)
- New Earth (In a vision)
- Prime Earth (Also in a vision)
- Sphere of the Gods
- Vanishing Point
- Dark Multiverse (Mentioned only)
- World Forge (Mentioned only)
- The Source (Mentioned only)
- Codex Omniversa (First appearance)
- Cosmic Staff (In a vision)
- Green Lantern Ring (In a vision)
- Medusa Mask
- Mobius Chair
- Rannian Jet Pack (In a vision)
Synopsis for "The Weight of Leadership"
John Stewart must face a hard task: the carrier transporting him and his comrades is falling apart inside the Bleed, and they must find a way to come home. Guiding the Lanterns and using Hal Jordan's ability as a pilot, he finds a way to unite himself, Kyle, Hal, Guy, Jessica and Simon to break the barrier that separates their ship from Earth-0. But once there, they found out their home is no more, because now the Darkest Knight rules over all creation. But a leader never surrenders, and so he tells all the comrades he has that he cannot give them what they want. but he will give them a chance: will they accept to become all new members of the Green Lantern Corps?
Appearing in "The Weight of Leadership"
- Batman (Earth 43)
- Batwoman (DC Bombshells)
- Bizarro (Earth 29)
- Bug (Earth 8)
- Green Lantern (Earth 9)
- Kid Flash (Earth 22)
- Justice Incarnate
- Shazam (Earth 6)
- Uncle Sam (Earth 10)
- Wonder Woman (Earth 6)
- Wonder Woman (Earth 23)
- Themyscira is incorrectly called "Hellscape" in the first story, whereas in the Dark Nights: Death Metal event, it has only been called "Hell" until now and the whole of the remaining contiguous United States is called "Hellscape".
- In Chronicler's vision, there are several glimpses that are references to famous comic covers like Superman #1 and All-Star Comics #3.
- Collected in Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Multiverse Who Laughs.