Dark Days: The Casting #1
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Dark Days: The Casting #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Artist: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 12, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 41 User Reviews: 62
8.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The Joker's surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman's carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman's warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jul 12, 2017

    As we fall headfirst into a tale older than recorded time (it seems), the light from the DCU fades away into a darkness so pure that the mere thought of something being birthed from this abyss is frightening. This deep, dense darkness threatens existence; there is a war coming. Buy this book! Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jul 12, 2017

    Prepare yourself for the one of the greatest single issue comics you'll read this year. Dark Days: The Casting #1 is simply phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jul 12, 2017

    There's a lot of pressure on everyone involved in Metal. It's DC's big event of the year, and they've brought in the big guns to get fans on board with Dark Days and The Casting preludes. If you've been on the fence, I get it. However, we're off to a great start so far, and I feel like it'll be a must read story. The Casting plants more seeds, has great action and is gorgeous to look at. Jump in now so we can all enjoy this ride together. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Andrew Wheeler Jul 12, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting #1 is a beautifully intriguing thriller from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Jul 12, 2017

    Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV offer a mind-shattering epic that rewrites the Dark Knight's history and lays the groundwork for his dark future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Jul 14, 2017

    All in all this issue does a superb job of continuing the thread started in The Forge and building the anticipation for Metal, what could be the most innovative Batman event we have seen. The creative team on this book made very few missteps, the only extremely minute complaint I have is the abrupt changes in visual style and feel due to such drastically diverse artists. However, when the rest of the book is this good I can overlook a bumpy transition. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 16, 2017

    For some reason, the continual shifting in art styles does not seem so severe or distracting here as it did in The Forge. This is a gorgeous book from start to finish and all the artists involved should be proud of their work here. I'm still not sure precisely what awaits us in Dark Knights: Metal but I'm more anxiously awaiting it now. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Jul 12, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting is a bombastic, effervescent introduction to the Metal event. It is deeply ensconced in continuity but, rather than presenting these connections as a barrier to be surmounted, it offers them as an opportunity to explore and come to love this universe as much as the creators do. It entices and offers the promise of exciting stories to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Jul 14, 2017

    The list of artist caliber on this book is staggering as well, we have Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and Romita Jr on this book and each one of them do bring something to the scale of the book which is very important. The artists are not trying to out do each other and even me not being a huge fan of Romita Jr's art can honestly say that he stepped up his game here and it does not feel detracting from the other two styles, which is a great sign. There is a ton of different locations in this book in here as well and each artist is picked specifically fits their style and that is very evident here. The book does not suffer because of it, like many before it that try to alternate artists within the same book. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 12, 2017

    While the abrupt visual transitions in this issue can be a little annoying, that's a minor concern compared to everything else Dark Days: The Casting does so well. This issue ably picks up where The Forge left off last month, further building excitement for DC's upcoming Batman event and creating all sorts of fascinating new connections in the DCU. This is exactly the sort of ambitious, epic conflict that makes a great event comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 12, 2017

    For those willing to fully get caught up in the mystery, The Casting is another eerie and captivating stop along the way to Metal. It's not the unpredictable page turner as The Forge, but it was another entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 12, 2017

    The first issue of Metal is still a month away, but Dark Days: The Casting #1 gives us a prelude that really sells the hell out of the upcoming event and gives us juuuuust enough to tide us over until that first issue drops. Batman may have learned to master the dark and instill fear in his foes, but after Dark Days: The Casting, the Caped Crusader may start to fear what lurks in the dark. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jul 12, 2017

    Another must read step toward 'DC: Metal'. This is fun, kinetic and extremely readable comic book storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Dillyn Chadwick Jul 12, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting is an amazing issue and great prelude to DC Metal. It has this great mystery that keeps you wanting more. The art may not be the greatest, but you can tell Snyder and Tynion are passionate about this story and readers should make sure not to miss a bit of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Aug 20, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting is really going with engines on full thrust. I strongly suggest reading some backstory information regarding Batman. From 52 series Batman # 40 thru 49 should be good for one to understand some of the scenes in this comic book. Again it leaves the reader wanting more to the story and this is where DC gets you. Just remember the storyline will wash into various comic titles from DC, so watch out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jul 12, 2017

    The art despite the numerous hands on the project flows well as it is split by character and location split setting up the difference of the location and gravity of the contents within. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jul 12, 2017

    This story continues to engross and engage the reader with all of the call backs to the DC universe as well as crafting a mystery that gets deeper and more compelling as you read. Both the writing and art continue to showcase the best of both the genre and the DC Comics universe of heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Jul 13, 2017

    Between Final Crisis, Multiversity, and Rebirth, DC's best books are often those that continue the overarching meta-story first begun in The Flash of Two Worlds and set forth in earnest with Crisis on Infinite Earths. Metal promises to be the next chapter in that storied saga, and based on the thoroughly excellent Dark Days, is likely to prove equally excellent. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Jul 12, 2017

    Still, these aren't huge gripes and ultimately, the story has so much meat on the bone that could exist in our outside of this story. Its fair to say that Metal could have big repercussions on the DC universe, more so than Convergence or even Rebirth has had for that matter. Personally, Metal #1 can not get here quick enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 17, 2017

    The definition of “Casting” is to pour molten metal into a mould. Taking the obvious metal out of the equation, and applying The Forge, it seems to me that Bruce's actions havecertainly been shaped and forced into the role thatthe Dark requires him to be. Taken on its own, this book is a big improvement on the last issue, in part for the reasons mentioned above and also, because we now know what to expect from the format of the story. It would certainly be advisable to read the pair of books back to back. Finally, as with any prelude book, there are a myriad of question left unanswered, to whet your appetite for the upcoming one shots and main event. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Jul 12, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting #1 is another engrossing chapter in this deep dive DC Universe mystery. Also, Andy Kubert draws the hell out of Hawkman, and Jim Lee does the same with the Joker. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Kent Falkenberg Jul 13, 2017

    Originally an 8, but any comic that makes Hawkman name-dropping Challengers of the Unknown sound so resoundingly triumphant definitely deserves a bump. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 13, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting #1 is yet another intriguing prelude to the upcoming Dark Nights: Metal event, with there being some fascinating twists throughout. During all this, we are also made to question whether Batman's actions are for the greater good, with there being some strong evidence to suggest that it's not. Either way, the creative team give us more than enough reasons to get excited about Metal, with it not coming soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Jul 16, 2017

    There is a lot of exposition, and a minimal amount of action in this comic, yet there is so much going on I am not going to complain about that. Basically for an oversize comic I finished still wanting more which I think a set up or prequel is supposed to do to you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Jul 12, 2017

    While a lot of it is sure to come from Scott Snyder's Batman run, Dark Days makes it clear that Metal will still be its own story, and not just another chapter in Batman's. Feeling very much like a cross between Forever Evil and Final Crisis, Metal is poised to be an exciting and dramatic crossover. Stellar script with a crowded art team Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Jul 12, 2017

    The book isn't without a few minor kvetches, namely I really could have done without that Silencer namedrop from Talia, which screamed DARK MATTER SPIN-OFF!, but these two issues taken together as an even stronger whole have got to be the most promising lift-off for a mainstream comics event I've seen in quite a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Jul 12, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting is a great follow-up to Dark Days: The Forge. As the mystery thickens the story itself is becoming more and more epic. The ending of this issue takes us to the Metal chapters and Im very excited to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 12, 2017

    Events have a bit ho-hum lately in comics but DC feels like it's setting up a potential classic here with two comics that lay the groundwork for whats to come and build a mystery that when all the pieces fall into place feels like it'll pay off. This is the prequel, not really meant to be read on its own. It has a goal to set up what's to come and get us excited and it achieves that in every way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 15, 2017

    I know that I didn't get everything going on in these pages, but I absolutely want to read more, right now, to find out what I've missed. (I also wouldn't mind an annotated version of this story that would link me to the books that would help flesh it out.) Dark Days: The Casting #1 is that rarest of beasts, a prelude story that isn't just a series of trailers but a fleshed-out narrative in itself, with several different artists delivering strong work that comes together as a whole and makes you want to know the secret of the Metal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Jul 12, 2017

    So if nothing else, Dark Days: The Casting is the perfect teaser for what is to come in the next few months from DC, and it's shaping up to be a wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 13, 2017

    Dark Days: The Casting #1 does an excellent job using past storylines to build an intriguing plot that will involve the entire DC Universe. Batman's attitude throughout his investigation on top of everything that Joker reveals to Hal Jordan and Duke Thomas created a tense atmosphere around everything going on. Now with the stage set, Snyder and Capullo are all ready to make Dark Nights: Metal one of the best events DC Comics has ever had. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Aug 15, 2018

    Most of the issue is punctuated with Grant Morrision-esque vague-speak while tying together its universe's many loose-ends. Snyder in particularly has been breaking Batman out of his mold into some really weird new directions and I hope that trend continues into Metal. However, the book is priced high and this two-parter is again mostly a lengthy trailer for a different story. Check it out if that's your thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Peter Crafford Jul 17, 2017

    The art in the book is stunning, albeit a tad fragmented because of the three very distinct aesthetics employed by the pencil team. I mentioned this in my previous review that it can come across as a bit jagged, but it also serves the different sequences. The writing by Snyder and Tynion take you to places of deep discomfort and that is what appeals to me. It is rich and cinematic, uncompromising of its vision and leaves you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBuzz - Sean M. Morse Jul 17, 2017

    Making this and The Forge into a single 64-page event preamble, like Countdown to Infinite Crisis, might have helped this story read better. While inconsistent art and pacing also detracted from the overall enjoyment of this book, I dont think its going to scare anyone, who has followed Snyders Batman run this far, away. The premise is interesting, and Im still looking forward to the main event book, but a quick recap could probably give readers all they need to know without having to read these issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 13, 2017

    All-in-all,Dark Days: The Castingwasnt genuinely bad like The Forge. Its story was more focused, the art didnt hop around as badly, and it introduced some interesting character moments and plot details. If youre into this story or are a die-hard Batman fan, this is for you. If you have any distaste for the character, it will probably only make that worse. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 12, 2017

    While I'm all about this summer event and what it potentially means for the rest of the DCU, I can't say that I had a good time reading this dense ass, confusing issue because while everyone is going into this expecting some answers from what we got from Dark Days: The Forge, by the end I just felt like a complete dummy and was left with more questions.  I didn't mind the art from JR JR in this issue as much, but even that doesn't help me because the story is what is really driving this event.  Hopefully, Dark Nights: Metal begins speaking in terms I can understand because right now I just feel completely in the dark about what's going on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jul 12, 2017

    This book is supposed to get you excited for Metal, and it accomplishes that. It has great concepts, ideas, and art teams, but the execution isn't quite there. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 13, 2017

    It aspires tothe reverence of Geoff Johns and the showmanship of Grant Morrison, but it forgets to have any fun. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jul 18, 2017

    The fact that that much talent could combine to pump out something as hollow and confusing as Dark Days: The Casting #1 is just the latest stop on the emotional roller coaster that is Dark Knights: Metal. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 12, 2017

    I'll give the first issue of Metal a, go, but there's so much retcon being poured into the DCU that it's more concerning than exciting. I'm not reviewing the effects of this will have on the DCU though, that will remain to be seen. As for this issue, yeah, it's important to read if you're going to read Metal, make no mistake about that. That doesn't mean it was enjoyable or something I would ever pick up and read again. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jul 16, 2017

    Will some readers love this book? Yes, less discerning readers will and that's fine, but for those of us who know and remember what truly memorable and iconic DC comics are, prepare to lower expectations. Read Full Review

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