Dark Nights: Metal #1 Kicks Off With Loads Of Action & Surprises

Dark Nights: Metal is the latest DC Comics event. These days, when some comic readers see the word “event,” there’s an uncontrollable urge to cringe and look away. We’ve already seen a couple installments with Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1. What makes this chapter a little different is Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have put the Batman band back together. Jonathan Glapion inks over Capullo’s pencils and FCO Plascencia handles the colors.

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Fans of The New 52 Batman series will have a slight idea what to expect here from the creative team. From the opening pages, you immediately get a sense of just how big the scope of this story will be. Snyder has started planting the seeds of a bigger story embedded within the DC Universe. This is something Batman has been investigating, and that may or may not be a good thing. Perhaps some things should be left unknown.

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While Snyder has added big sprawling stories to Batman’s mythos, this is something on a much grander scale. Getting thrown straight into the action as a de-powered Justice League is forced to face the evil machinations of Mongul is glorious way to start the issue. It is like going to a rock concert and discovering there’s a killer opening act. What better way to welcome Capullo back to DC than with a big crazy battle?

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Before you know it, we’re starting to see the bigger picture. There are some major implications looming on the horizon. Snyder takes little tidbits from the DCU and transforms them into unexpected surprises. There is a fascinating and almost scary feeling that anything can happen in this story. Will this be just another comic book “event” or are we witnessing the beginning of a new era?

Having the entire Justice League here succeeds in making the story feel even bigger. Not only do we get an intriguing story, we also get Capullo, Glapion, and Plascencia together again. Along with some surprise guest stars and cameos, there’s so much to see here. It’s not often I’m strongly compelled to flip back through a book to thoroughly re-examine the art and dialogue in every panel.

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The only cause for concern is with the checklist of the limited series along with all the one-shots and tie-ins. There are a lot of related books headed our way. It could mean a lot of really great and captivating stories. Past experience has shown us they unfortunately don’t always maintain the same quality. Sometimes too many tie-ins bogs down the main story. More isn’t always good thing. If this issue provides the slightest hint of what’s to come, we are in for quite a treat.

Dark Nights: Metal #1 is on sale now. It has a $4.99 price tag but also sports a really cool embossed cover, that my daughter said was “sick” when she saw League forming the rock n’ roll metal salute. Don’t miss out on this story.

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