DC Just Cut One of Its Superheroes’ Arms Off – Again | CBR

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In Dark Knights of Steel, a major DC hero just had their arm cut off — again.

The new series from writer Tom Taylor and artist Yasmine Putri serves as a fantastical reimagining of the DC Universe, one that takes place during the Medieval Ages and reinvents many characters. Towards the end of the first issue, King Jor-El, Superman’s father, informs Batman that he is actually Jor-El’s son, before being killed by an arrow shot from this universe’s Green Arrow. In retribution, Batman chases down the archer and cuts off his arm, which has happened to the archer before.

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The most well-known storyline to feature a one-armed Green Arrow aka Oliver Queen is Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which featured Bruce Wayne’s return to the mantle of Batman after many years spent without the cowl. In the iconic story from comics and adapted into animation, Bruce enlists Oliver’s help to face off against Superman. Oliver implies in the story that Superman is responsible for the loss of his arm, and assists by firing an arrow armed with kryptonite gas at Superman, using his teeth to pull the bowstring back.

Of course, other DC archers have not faired well with keeping all four limbs either. In Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal, Roy Harper, Green Arrow’s former sidekick, had his arm cut off by the villain Prometheus, who deals an even more crushing blow to the hero by causing the death of his daughter, Lian. The loss of Roy’s arm has been adapted both by the animated Young Justice series and the live-action television show Arrow, though both versions differed from the source material greatly.

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In addition to causing Green Arrow to lose his arm again, the preview highlights how Batman is beginning to realize and develop his Kryptonian powers. Not only do Bruce’s eyes glow red as he fires off a massive blast of heat vision into the sky, but we get a quick glimpse of his heightened speed while catching an arrow on horseback intended for Alfred. However, this could also just be his usual enhanced skills and reflexes, on account of him being Batman and all. The preview and solicitation for the issue can be found below.

  • Written by Tom Taylor
  • Art by Yasmine Putri
  • Cover by Yasmine Putri
  • $3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 1 of 12
  • Variant by JOSHUA MIDDLETON
  • 1:25 variant by YASMINE PUTRI
  • Retailer team variant cover by WAYNE REYNOLDS
  • $4.99 US (Both covers card stock)
  • ON SALE 11/2/21
  • An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems…
  • From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

Dark Knights of Steel #2 is written by Taylor with art by Putri. While Putri created the issue’s main and a variant cover, another variant was made by Joshua Middleton. The issue goes on sale Dec. 7 from DC Comics.

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Source: DC Comics

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