"The Robin Who Would Be King": The Robin King's original Earth
- Heh. I know, I know. You want to be a bird, but that's because you're still young. You want to inspire others to follow you. But it never works, son. Good, evil, there is no higher calling. And in the end, what you learn is that there is no winning them over, there is only winning over them.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of December, 2020. It was published on October 20, 2020.
Synopsis for "The Robin Who Would Be King"
The Robin King's original Earth
On the day of his parents funeral, which he killed himself, Bruce Wayne was inspired by a creature: Alfred thought about bats, flying in dark caves like the mind of Bruce himself, but he was wrong. Bruce was inspired by a Robin: no one knows the Robin is Gotham's symbolic bird, and also that Robins, while looking cute and singing in the air, are one of the most cruel species in the sky. They nest everywhere, especially where there was devastation, and they conquer space: they are one of the most populous species in the States.
Naming himself Robin King, he was the scourge of the heroes on his world, killing them for fun and in the cruelest of ways, and trying to make his generation see what they should become: a flock of deady Robins, ready to kill the world. But soon, a man found him: it was the Batman who Laughs, who made him understand a powerful truth. His world was just a dark reflection of reality, but by following this man, he could access a world where the screams, the blood he took from his victims were real. Where he could truly be a king.
So the Batman who Laughs brought him to his own world, where now he created a factory of Dark Knights, taking dark version of Batman from all over the Dark Multiverse, and then testing them to see if they have what it takes. But the Robin King never wanted to be a bat, and even if this Batman who Laughs wanted him to, he refuses. So, the man transforms him into one of his Groblins, Robins without mind or will, because, from his point of view, Robins are a weak illusion of youth. But the Robin King thinks differently: he will be a Robin, followed by his flock. He will find his followers. So, he takes a pill he wanted to use on Martian Manhunter for himself, so that he could store his identity in a secret part of his mind. Transformed, the Robin King still had a chance to be a Robin in the Batman who Laughs own dominion.
Now. Earth-0. The Metalverse
And so, when the Batman who Laughs was reborn into the Darkest Knight, he felt the identity of the Robin King hidden in his mind, and liked his initiative. He freed him once again, making him his King of Pain. And stepping up to the plate, he starts killing left and right, brutally butchering Red Tornado, Animal Man and Blue Beetle. And now he is ready for the final showdown: he will kill the Trinity, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. With the battle against them, they will follow him, they will see they can do this, too, just like him. That's all he wants: for his Robins to take the old men and strip them of their flesh.
But then the Darkest Knight stops him: he tells him playtime's over, and then transports him into another world, his original one. The Robin King is sure: the Darkest Knight wants to cage him again. But that's not the case: he reveals to the Robin King that after he took the pill to store a piece of himself in his mind, the Robin Pit in his planet changed, allowing all his Groblins to retain a little bit of free will. The Darkest Knight decided to let the Pit retain this effect, so that he could demonstrate to the Robin King that the Groblins, free will or not, would have kept on crowing for the Darkest Knight. But when he came back, he found out they started making another sound: they cheered! They cheered for the one, true, only Robin King. And now, he has his planet to rule, and his forces to command. He has his flock...
Appearing in "The Robin Who Would Be King"
- Robin King (Flashback and main story) (Origin)
- The Batman Who Laughs / The Darkest Knight (Bruce Wayne) (Flashback and main story)
- Earth 0:
- Robin King's world: (Flashback only)
- Adam Strange (Only appearance; dies)
- Balloon Buster (Only appearance; dies)
- Enemy Ace (Only appearance; dies)
- Firestorm (Only appearance; dies)
- Gotham City Police Department (Flashback only)
- Commissioner Gordon (Mentioned only)
- Renee Montoya (Voice only)
- Sergeant Bullock (Voice only)
- Hawkgirl (Only appearance; dies)
- Hawkman (Only appearance; dies)
- Superman (Mentioned only)
- Wonder Woman (Mentioned only)
- Cliff Baker (First appearance)
- Ellen Baker (First appearance)
- Maxine Baker (First appearance)
- Robin King's world: (Flashback only)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Flashback only)
- Mister Mxyzptlk (First appearance)
- Hephaestus (Mentioned only)
- Jason Rusch (Mentioned only) (Deceased)
- Martha Wayne (Mentioned only) (Deceased)
- Martian Manhunter (Mentioned only)
- Martin Stein (Mentioned only) (Dies)
- Thomas Wayne (Mentioned only) (Deceased)
- Dark Knights (Mentioned only)
- Dark Multiverse (Flashback and main story)
- Adam Strange's Ray Gun (Flashback only)
- Bind of Veils (Flashback only)
- Kryptonite (Flashback and main story)
- Martha Wayne's Pearl Necklace (Flashback only)
- Nth Metal (Flashback only)
- Rannian Jet Pack (Flashback only)
- The Ring Pop (Flashback and main story)
- Smilex (Flashback only)
- Suit of Souls (Flashback only)
- Thanagarian Mace (Flashback only)
- Utility Belt (Flashback and main story)
- Atez Beam (Flashback only)
- Anti-Life Equation (Mentioned only)
- Fokker Dr.I (Flashback only) (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "The Quiet Ones"
Appearing in "The Quiet Ones"
- Quietus (First appearance)
- Batman of Quietus' world (Dies in flashback)
- Doug Thomas of Quietus' world (Dies in flashback)
- Elaine Thomas of Quietus' world (Dies in flashback)
- Signal of Quietus' world (Dies in flashback)
- Ra's al Ghul of Quietus' world (Dies in flashback)
- Justice League (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
- Batman (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
- Ra's al Ghul (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
- One of the gadgets and gear Robin King has on his utility belt is Smilex, the toothpaste from the 1989 Batman Film.
- Collected in Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Multiverse Who Laughs.