Dark Days: The Forge #1
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Dark Days: The Forge #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Artist: Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr. Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 51 User Reviews: 86
8.2Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC's pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It's an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC's most legendary heroes?
The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion III and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 14, 2017

    Don't let big event fatigue keep you away from this one as I've got the feeling this is going to have people buzzing for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jun 15, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 sets the stage for the highly-anticipatedMetalin perfect fashion. Established worlds, great mystery and gorgeous art add up to fans throwing their wallets at DC. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days has arrived and it is everything we could have hoped for and more. This all-star cast has kicked off this title with a bang, traversing the DC Universe unfurling the vast mystery that leads into DC Metal later this year. This is a MUST BUY title! Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Deron Generally Jun 14, 2017

    There is nothing I don't like so far about this story. The mystery is deep and rich. The characters are well done and are given purpose and purchase. The artwork is amazing from page to page. The revelations are both exciting and foreboding. I want to know where this is going and what it means in the larger continuity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Jun 14, 2017

    In the end, despite having a fantastic writing team behind it as well as talented artists, Dark Days: The Forge suffers from being a bit of an overcrowded issue and throwing too many things at once at the reader. The story to be told in the upcoming METAL is still promising enough though, thanks to the story that they manage to tell in this issue as well as its shocking closing pages. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Jun 14, 2017

    Snyder and Tynion, take a bow! Dark Days: The Forge #1 isn't only a five-star spectacle; it absolutely shreds all other books this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Aug 19, 2017

    This epic comic book saga will have readers wanting more. The series is not cheap as the cover has increased by $2.00. Also, be prepared to buy lots as the Metal series will wash into the rest of the DC titles. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jun 14, 2017

    A great start to what looks like a fantastic and fun crossover-STORY! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Jun 15, 2017

    This event truly is one to watch. We've been given little hints and snippets of what's to come in the series- and it looks incredibly exciting! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jun 14, 2017

    This looks to be an interesting summer as the mysteries of Dark Days: The Forge #1 hangs over the DCU. With Hal going deep into Batman's closet exposing his numerous skeletons will the Justice League kick out Bruce Wayne? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Jun 14, 2017

    Snyder and Tynion IV are both riding high on hot streaks these days, with practically everything they touch seemingly turning to gold, and this is no exception. Oh, and did I mention the art team? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Jun 16, 2017

    If Dark Days: The Forge #1 is any indication of what’s to come in Dark Nights: Metal, it’s clear that DC’s Rebirth era has firm grasp of what makes for a big, bold, high-stakes event comic yarn. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Jun 15, 2017

    Wow Dark Days The Forge #1 is a perfect way to start the next DC Comics blockbuster which is filled with cameos galore such as the Outsiders, Black Hawks, The Immortal Men and even a glimpse of the lives of Hawkman. Its also a well-written book with James T Tynion IV and Scott Snyder really capturing the essence of the characters well, not to mention giving the reader plenty of questions as well. Complementing the story is the excellent artwork by Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr. and Andy Kubert which captures the world of DC Comics and helps lay the foundation for some very interesting things to come! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Jun 15, 2017

    Suffice it to say with all the famous creators working on this both the story and art are fantastic! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 14, 2017

    A strong opening issue to an event that will have you scratching your head, but pumped for what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Jun 14, 2017

    This book does not disappoint - the story feels big, but the art feels even bigger. Get this comic, it will make you believe in falling in love with crossover events again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Jun 15, 2017

    While I wish there was more Hawkman and Hawkgirl, the issue sucked me in right away and made me excited for this summer event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 feels like a fan comic. Granted I read it on my laptop, in a chair at a table, but I did have the fan going, and it felt right. Yes, it is VERY Batman-centric, but so is the entire DC Universe nowadays. If youre going to do a explosive saga, then you better pack your biggest guns. Guns dont get much bigger than Snyder, Lee, Romita, Jr, and Kubert. With Hawkman as the apparent lynchpin in this story, Dark Days: The Forge #1 got my attention. Im now ready for some metal, especially as summer draws near and the Michigan days start climbing into the 90s. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Jun 14, 2017

    Pick up this book! It has something for everyone and if it lives up to it's potential, I think it will be one of the most exciting events in comics, right up there with Blackest Night, Flashpoint and Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal just became the event comic to watch thanks to this prologue issue. Scott Snyder and James Tynion weave an engrossing story that manages to feel both adventurous and darkly foreboding. And while the visual tone of the issue isn't as consistent as it could be, it does feature memorable visuals from three of the biggest artists in DC's lineup. It's impossible not to be excited for Metal after this. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 is the first chapter in a dense, mysterious, yet entertaining DC Comics summer epic. You might not get all the continuity references, but at least one moment in the story will make you smile or pump your fist. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 may take a few pages to get into, but once the ball starts rolling the creative team deliver an intriguing prelude. In doing so, not only do they tease at the possible directions the Dark Nights: Metal event could go in, but they also give us a gripping set of events that are sure to leave readers eager for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 15, 2017

    Look at the book's roster. It's an embarrassment of riches. From Snyder and Tynion (who collude magnificently here) to the art team of Romita, Lee, and Kubert (each paired with the inkers who make them look so good), The Forge is strictly A-list. With a pedigree like that, it still somehow refuses to showboat. That's perhaps the biggest relief of this enterprise so far " for all its ambitions, it has quite a bit of chill. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Jun 14, 2017

    Snyder and Tynion weave together an intricately satisfying prelude to DC's DARK NIGHTS: METAL, leaving us with plenty of interesting questions about the future of the multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 14, 2017

    A comic I went into expecting the usual “event” blah out of it I came out of excited to see what comes next. This is an event that was promised to be epic and it delivers on the hype. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 14, 2017

    Anyone order an event?  Well, if you did it looks like that's exactly what you're going to get.  Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV throw everything at you possibly including the kitchen sink with this prelude to Dark Matter and I'll tell you, I couldn't be more intrigued with what the summer will hold from what we got in this issue.  There's a gigantic mystery happening all around right now and the ramifications could be Universe shattering.  The story was well setup and for the most part, the art was decent throughout....... remember that I said "for the most part".  Go get yourself some Dark Days: The Forge and be reminded why you love DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge is a great first issue that sucks you in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 16, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 is exactly how you set the stage for a big event story. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver an impactful reading experience as we see how Batman's investigation leads into an even bigger story to be told. With an established history to build on, Dark Days: Metal should be a lot of fun to read once the event truly begins. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Jun 14, 2017

    Still, as an event launch and a promise of things to come, Dark Days: The Forge hits far more than it misses, and surpassed all expectations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 14, 2017

    This disunity between art and story is not enough to ruin the power of this comic. Dark Days: The Forge #1proves a strong introduction to what promises to be an interesting mini-series. It may leave readers with more questions than answers but whatever else may be said about it, it isn't dull. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 15, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge is a very strong prelude to an event that I know very little about, but the creative team behind it guarantees I'll be checking it out. This taste has only made me all the more excited about it, especially with the return of Snyder and Capullo for the first time since the end of their run on Batman.Check it out at your LCS or digitally now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jun 19, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 lifts a veil on the DC Universe, but it doesn't reveal too many secrets as opposed to just revealing that there are more secrets to be told. Snyder and Tynion IV hide things in this story like Batman hides artifacts in his moon Batcave. With a superstar team of artists, the writers put Batman directly at the center of this multiverse while surrounding him with teammates and proteges and secrets. This issue may be a prologue to the next big thing, but you have to wonder whether this is a teaser to what's coming or if it's the first chapter of the next big epic? Either way, Dark Days: The Forge #1 sets up the promise of exciting things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Jun 13, 2017

    Overall, Dark Days: The Forge is a great issue setting up a big event. There's still enough mystery and intrigue to keep fans guessing, but gives plenty of clues to make it tantalising and reveals that will make long-term DC fans very excited. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Jun 16, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge ultimately does what it set out to do, raising the stakes while also raising enough questions to hook readers in for the next chapter, with the creative team doing more than enough legwork to justify the existence of this prelude issue by delivering powerful, filler-free substance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 15, 2017

    "Dark Days: The Forge" #1 asks the right questions and doesn't give away too much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jun 14, 2017

    That said overall, Im not generally a fan of event comics. They have little to offer to me beyond continuity logistics if youre into that sort of thing. Where this comic is different is that its looking to engage in doing some different beyond the simple mechanics of putting out an event comic that changes the status quo. Its looking to dig into a more primal and incongruous side of the DCU and comics in general and thats definitely something I can get behind. Overall, if Metal is anything like this comic, its going to be something to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 14, 2017

    What Dark Days: The Forge and Metal have going for them above all else is that they're about exploring something unknown to us, and so even though Snyder has peppered in hints to this story in his earlier work, we as an audience now stand on the edge of exploring a new world. That mere premise and its infinite possibilities is positively captivating. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 13, 2017

    A beautiful looking book, with a story that reveals nothing. Enjoyable, but would have been better had something been explicitly given to the reader. Pricey for a book that keeps everything so close to the chest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 15, 2017

    Dark Days: The Forge #1 introduces a compelling mystery to the DC Universe and Snyder does an excellent job at building up to it, peeling back layers from his own New 52 run. While the art could have been a bit more consistent in some places, Lee, Kubert and JRJR make a visual treat for fans. With this issue and Snyder at the helm, readers have a lot to look forward to with this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Jun 14, 2017

    I went in not knowing a thing, and I'm coming out now far more excited than I imagined. Can't do much better than that! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jun 20, 2017

    There's room to improve but Dark Days: The Forge #1 is an entertaining invite to this Summer's main event: Scott Snyder's first chance to play with all of the figures in DC's toybox. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Peter Crafford Jun 19, 2017

    What really adds to Dark Days: The Forge #1, and especially because this specific title is leaning towards something more sinister since the inception of Rebirth's more optimistic tone, is that it doesn't take prisoners. Wherever METAL is going to take us, it is going to be merciless, unflinching and incredibly compelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 19, 2017

    I am sure that there are those out there who will think that this book is the greatest book of all time, possibly oblivious to the fact that for it work, all the other great books had to come first. There will be those that will deride it for being yet another “event book”, hot on the heels of Marvel's current love it or hate it, Secret Empire. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between. Snyder, at least in my opinion, has always been good at the set up part of the story and this issues, with its easter eggs and nods to his New 52 run is by no means an exception. But now, as with Jim Lee books shipping on time, I have learnt from experience and choose not to get carried away with the hype. Instead, I lay a challenge to the crew of eleven with the cast of many story, the stage is set, now, impress me! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jun 14, 2017

    As far as setting up the story to the highly anticipated Dark Days : Metal series, this is obviously a required reading, I thought it was intriguing enough and looked absolutely amazing, but a little on the pricey side. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Jun 17, 2017

    Overall, while this book did do its job of getting me interested in the Metal event, it's of little use otherwise. If you're reading this review in the week the book came out and you're not really convinced that Metal is going to be cool, go right ahead and buy Dark Days: The Forge. If you're reading this in the future, go ahead and skip it Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Jun 14, 2017

    Dark Days - The Forge #1 is the prequel that kicks off DC's summer event to come, and though there's plenty here to intrigue, drawing from crumbs dropped throughout Snyder's long tenure as Bat-writer, the issue is also pretty darn dense. As part of a larger whole, Dark Days - The Forge #1 may wind up being a perfect fit, but as a stand alone introduction to a story yet to be revealed, it's perhaps too dense and vague for its own good. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jun 14, 2017

    Although there are some art problems, the story seems dense enough to capture your imagination" This is going to be fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey Jun 14, 2017

    This story is long and complex. It jumps around in time. It jumps from place to place. But at the core of all of it's complexities is a pretty well crafted story (so far). If you like the legacy of DC Comics and you liked Crisis on Infinite Earths, you will probably enjoy this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The GCRN - Daniel Clark Jun 16, 2017

    So what you are left with are a bunch of small pieces to a very large puzzle. This puzzle does not even have a picture on the box to refer. Isolated this issue is all about potential. If the sole purpose is to create excitement it works, however with the caveat that you have an understanding of past DC continuity that was supposedly wiped away. In addition, it is not the most satisfying way to read a comic when you are basically given what is a series of trailers to stories you cannot read for a couple of months. There is a fine line between creating excitement and creating frustration. This somehow ends up accomplishing both. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 17, 2017

    Given DC's success with its Rebirth line and a number of more traditional, lighter super-hero titles, I'm surprised this first line-spanning event book has been branded with the "dark" label. And the story is undeniably dark. Batman uses allies as pawns here, and those he's not using, he's deceiving. We've seen this before, and it's been well received. Understandable, since it's rather cool. But it's so over the top here, it feels too harsh and not at all heroic. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 17, 2017

    As previously stated, I am very aware that this book has already received a lot of praise from a lot of people. I take no umbrage with that. However, reading it, for me personally, was an arduous and frustrating task. It didn't work on any level, and it left me beyond unsatisfied and with no initiative to dive deeper into its perfunctory mystery. I cannot do anything but recommend passing on it. Read Full Review

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