Comic Book Review: Dark Nights: Metal

Details: Published from 2017 to 2018 by DC Comics. Six issues. Mostly written by Scott Snyder and mostly drawn by Greg Capullo. Official site is https://www.dccomics.com/comics/dark-nights-metal-2017/dark-nights-metal-1

Dark Knights: Metal is bonkers. It is absolutely bat-shit (pun intended) crazy. Metal is DC’s big crossover comic book event from last year and centers mostly on Batman. Drawing from the story lines occurring after Rebirth, Snyder tells a crazy, overstuffed story that could have easily taken thirty issues instead of six.

Dark Nights: Metal stars Batman and the Justice League. Batman has discovered a mystery involving every facet of the DC Universe. What he discovers is that beneath the multiverse there exists dark dimensions. From these dark dimensions, seven evil versions of Batman emerge and begin their takeover and destruction of the world.

The impression I get after reading all of these comics is, “too much.” There is just too much story here with too many characters. It feel rushed. With that said, there are a lot of cool individual moments, a lot of cool ideas, and a lot of cool cameos. Metal is like that very sweet, very heavy cake you love to have, but you know that any more than one slice will give you type two diabetes and kill you. Metal is a fun, bombastic comic book adventure that works once and only once. If DC starts telling all their stories like this, then I’d probably just stop reading comic books. But once in a while, as in the case of Metal, it’s a whole lot of fun and I really enjoyed reading this convoluted book.

Part of my enjoyment of this story is due largely to the team of Snyder and Capullo. As far as I’m concerned, Snyder and Capullo have told one of the best Batman stories of all time and as such, have earned enough good will to not tell a great story once in a while.

Overall, it’s a fun book with all sorts of crazy in it. It’s the kind of book that makes school children go into the school yard and say, “which evil Batman is the strongest?” If you like Batman, especially Batman under Snyder and Capullo, you should give this book a read. Worth mentioning is that there are a bunch of tie ins to this story. The ones that are most worth reading are the one shots that go into the back story behind each of the evil Batman’s.

Score: 6.8/10

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