REVIEW: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 Author: Ryan Lower (Follow @LOWER_RYAN)
Date: August 17, 2017
SYNOPSIS: The superstar BATMAN team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo reunite for a massive, universe-spanning event!
DARK NIGHTS: THE FORGE and THE CASTING hinted at dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! Now, as DARK DAYS: METAL begins, the Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger-and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe!
DARK DAYS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other-one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World's Greatest Heroes as you've never seen them before to face what's coming their way!
That's my first reaction to DC's mega-hyped event of 2017, Dark Nights: Metal. Or simply just Metal. I'm going to attempt the impossible here and sum up issue #1 in two quick paragraphs.
Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. Flash. Green Lantern. Aquaman. Cyborg. The Justice League are entertaining Mongul on his planet in a battle arena. Mega robots then appear, challenging the heroes in front of a hungry audience. Batman gets smart, figures out how to beat them, and creates a DC version of a Power Rangers megazord. And The Flash makes a cheesy (yes amusing) joke.
Still with me? Okay, because that was just before the credits.
Then we get an energetic mountain in Gotham. Plus a mysterious symbol. A pod with five people hibernating. Lady Blackhawk, aka Kendra Saunders. More Nth Metal. Dinosaurs. Multiverses. Red Tornado. And that last page....(sidebar: I am unfamiliar with anything to do with that final page. So sadly, it had no effect on me).
How does all of this make sense? I don't know. Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and DC have been hyping an event like you've never seen before. Issue #1 is living up to that. If I'm not sounding enthused, it's because I'm not. This issue was confusing and REALLY tested my concentration skills as opposed to just reading and flying through. I'm not saying that's a bad thing either.
I just don't know.
Metal was fun but frustrating. It's clear Snyder and company are having a blast. They're connecting Barbatos, Multiverses, All-Star Batman and more. They're also making sense of dinosaurs. By connecting everything, they're also explaining a lot. So much so, I read it all about four times and scratched my head at the end. I'm sort of getting it, but feel like Bizarro, “Me head hurt still”.
Let's take a break from the story. Capullo returns to the DC Unviverse and his art hasn't looked better. The detail in every panel, which takes us everywhere you can imagine, is flawless. Colors are bright, settings are awesome, and the action is exciting. Nothing but great pictures on every page in this issue courtesy of one of DC’s top artists. In Capullo we trust.
I'll just get to my final word. This issue is bonkers (see above). It doesn't make sense... but that's why we have five issues to go. I'm in – for Snyder is one of DC's best writers and one of Batman's greatest in his 78-year story (yes, I said it). So, I trust the guy. A story needs to plant seeds for something truly great to grow. I'll roll the dice and enjoy the ride.
Just don't turn this into "Batman and the Omega Sanction, Part 2." - Ryan Lower
A lifelong Batman fan, Ryan Lower grew up in the midwest reading, watching, dreaming of The Dark Knight.
His favorite Batman stories are THE LONG HALLOWEEN, THE DARK KNIGHT and anything from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
He currently resides in his own Batcave in Chicago.
Follow him on Twitter @LOWER_RYAN.