Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Normally I’m able to write fairly nuanced reviews with a critical lens, but for this one I’m just going to geek out. Dark Nights: Metal #1 has Hawkgirl, Red Tornado, the Justice League in a gladiator fight coordinated by Mongul, an entirely new dimension of the DC multiverse and a mouth-dropping cameo by a certain Neil Gaiman character. This book gives new meaning to the term “nerd-gasm.”
As the first major event from DC’s Rebirth, this debut issue hits all the high notes. Reuniting the superstar New 52 Batman creative team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia, it’s as bombastic and dynamic as anyone expected it to be. Snyder’s text culminates perfectly with the art to create an epic, mega-blockbuster comic. Am I geeking out enough for you to go buy this book?
The concept behind Metal is that instead of just 52 dimensions making up the entirety of the multiverse, there is actually a whole other “dark multiverse” which will have a profound impact on the world as the Justice League knows it. This event is about these worlds colliding, and about what terrors stem from the dark multiverse. While the main series is only six issues, there have already been two prequel issues and there are many more spinoffs and tie-ins to come in other DC titles. This issue provides a comprehensive reading list in the back, but you can also ask the folks at Ultimate Comics to add all Metal titles to your box. This way you won’t miss a single chapter in this monumental saga.
I know DC has struggled with some of their event books in recent years (cough cough Convergence), but Metal is off to a stellar beginning. This is the kind of comic that veteran readers and newer fans can collectively drool over. Pick it up today, and prepare yourself to venture into a new dimension of DC’s vast mythology.