Dark Nights: Metal #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Drawn by Greg Capullo
Colors by FCO Plascencia
Published by DC Comics

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“Metal,” DC’s next big comics event, is equal parts spectacle and classic four-color nonsense. Normally, I can’t stand this kind of storytelling, but Snyder and Capullo are up to something that tugs at my nerdy heartstrings in just the right way.
Ostensibly a Justice League story, this is really a story about Batman. Batman’s membership in the organization has a notably rocky history. He quit to start his own band in the 80’s and in the 00’s Justice League cartoon, he was more of a consultant than a committed member.
“Dark Knights: Metal #1” brings in all that continuity and wraps it with enough bombastic spectacle to hold it together, at least until issue two.
The comic opens in an alien colosseum and pinballs the reader through a ravaged city, an impossible mountain, and a time-lost island with dizzying speed. The event attempts to bring in a bunch of characters who were shuffled off the rosters in one reboot or another, including Hawkman, Lady Blackhawk, and a last-page reveal that I won’t spoil here. Admittedly there is a lot of posing and speech-making about impending doom that gets a little tiresome, but there’s enough great stuff here to keep the reader going through the exposition about an ancient evil from ‘The Dark Multiverse’ that is using Dark Energy, Batman, and magnets I guess? to enter this reality.
But for all the talking and grimacing, the characters all feel on point, and the most important thing is that this is a comic in which Batman stunt-rides a velociraptor. Full stop. There are other fun surprises that I won’t reveal here, but it is some classic, old-school comic silliness that you don’t really need to be up on the latest continuity to enjoy. You can find “Dark Nights: Metal #1 at your local comics shop, or digitally via Comixology.
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