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Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 54
9.2Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 16, 2020

    Strap your seats in kids. Dark Nights Death Metal is here and ready to blow your mind and expectations. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jun 16, 2020

    I can honestly say that I have been so excited waiting for this story and now that I have finally had a chance to read it, I am even ore excited to move forward with the story as well as the tie ins. I knew this story was going to be incredible, but I was not prepared for it to blow my mind the way it did. I can easily say this may be the best series to be released this year and there is no where to go from here but up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 16, 2020

    Greg Capullo's art is the icing on an already decadent cake with the art not only being beautifully detailed, but celebratory of these characters and their powers. Everything from the composition of the panels to how they progress the story is brilliantly done. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Lizzy Garcia Jun 16, 2020

    At the end of the day, Death Metal #1is a wild ride and an absolute must-read for DC fans particularly anyone partial to Wonder Woman and Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jun 18, 2020

    Capullo draws a mighty intimidating cast of heroes. Snyder weaves what may be the final tale of the Metal/Multi Universes. All hands on deck for this" and Clark has not even weighed in yet. Get your hands on this comic. This is as iconic as the issues where Superman's tattered cape is flapping in the wind and Batman's spine was cracked by Bane. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Jun 18, 2020

    Almost a year ago DC Comics publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee talked about DC priorities as building the "connective tissue" of DC continuity, Dark Nights Death Metal seems to be the biggest step toward building that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jun 17, 2020

    As you can probably guess, I am foaming at the mouth for this to come to fruition in full. Being a lifelong metalhead and Batman fan, this has a special place in my heart where it will permanently remain. I can't express to you guys enough how excited I am for this to have more issues. Like any good mosh pit warrior pick up those who fall down reading this. We cannot allow this series to be a rainbow in the dark. It's far too balls to the wall to be left behind right now, nothing else matters in comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Rogues Portal - Howard Smith Jun 17, 2020

    Overall, I enjoy where the comic is heading. I believe the event has just begun. People should really consider picking this one up, because I have a feeling something amazing will present itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 16, 2020

    Chainsaws, necromancy, and leather - a lot of leather - Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1 is an epic first chapter in what promises to be another hard-hitting, universe-shaping event from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This is as Metal as it gets, folks; dime the volume and prepare to be Killed By Death (Metal). Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jun 17, 2020

    Snyder and Capullo are back like they never left with their debut of Dark Nights: Death Metal, and somehow, they are still able to take it to another level with the absolute insanity on the page. If you've read any of their stories from the past few years, you're gonna want to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 17, 2020

    This is one of the most unpredictable first issues I can remember, with callbacks to some of the greatest DC events of all time and excellent characterization for a Wonder Woman and a Batman pushed beyond their limits. It's exactly what I'd want out of a first issue of Snyder and Capullo's ultimate comic book event. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jun 16, 2020

    Dark Knights: Death Metal #1 is more fun than a barrel of used death metal CDs. Big, fun, and utterly over the top, the fate of the DCU being at stake couldn't possibly be a louder power chord! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jun 17, 2020

    Dark Knights: Death Metal #1 is another home run for this creative team. Fans of these characters should absolutely pick up this issue and get on board. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 16, 2020

    It's fitting coming from Snyder and Capullo since they've told so many stories together, and it's exciting to see them try new things and surprise us. It's quite clear both are going down in comics history as one of the most dynamic, creative teams of all time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jun 17, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #1is a success because of its willingness to embrace the craziest elements of the DC Universe and make them a point of emphasis. Like past efforts, the story attempts to explain the convoluted and contradictory nature of the publisher's history. The difference is that there is a lack of self-seriousness, pushing to give readers a fun time. Even those that have not kept up with the events between the originalMetaland this can follow along with relative ease.Dark Nights: Death Metal #1revels in the insanity of the DC cosmology, and is an absolute blast. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 16, 2020

    My one complaint is that on all the covers, and all the previews leading up to this book, we saw a ton of Superman, but he only gets the briefest of mentions in this issue. (You teases, you!). Apart from the that, Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 is an absolute gem of a comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 18, 2020

    Overall: Death Metal #1 is a brilliant start to DC's newest big event. Scott Snyder comes out swinging as he delivers an issue that offers the reader everything they would want in the debut issue of a big event. Snyder rolls out a story that is focused on strong continuity work with a goal to reshape the entire DCU. There is something for everyone. Good action, quality character work, impressive world-building, and impeccable plotting. It looks like DC has another smash hit big event with Death Metal. Death Metal #1 is definitely worth your hard-earned money. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jun 16, 2020

    On the surface, this book is fine. It's a fun read and promises a great adventure through the upcoming issues. However, when I start paying attention to some of the technical details, I do end up asking questions that I struggle to find answers to. Moreover, the lengthy exposition can be somewhat overwhelming. Other than that, this book is hella entertaining and well worth a purchase if you are into a dark fantasy take on the DC Universe. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 16, 2020

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo kick off their Death Metal event with an issue that may be confusing to some, but after reading it, I am intrigued to find out more.  Things do line up with everything that Snyder had given fans up to this point, so those jumping in here for the first time may struggle more than others.  While it does come off as overly dark at first glance, there is a sense of hope running underneath that I hope surfaces more and more as we progress. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 16, 2020

    The team really nails the first issue. At first, you might feel lost but it all comes together. Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 really starts to connect the dots and finish the puzzle of a big picture story that was started years ago. We get some action but we also get the start of an event that feels like it'll begin to really pay off for those who have stuck around for so long and trusted there was a bigger picture at work. You might think this is the next chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, but Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 ties into so much more of what's been going on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 16, 2020

    Even despite a few continuity bumps in the road, Dark Nights: Death Metal absolutely one-ups its predecessor in terms of intensity and tone, and will likely be a crowd-pleaser for anyone who's enjoyed Snyder and Capullo's work together over the last decade. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jun 17, 2020

    They seem to be having an absolute ball creating this crazy world, and you'll have just as much fun getting lost in it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Joe Skonce Jun 18, 2020

    "Dark Nights: Death Metal" #1 sets up the stakes for an epic struggle, balancing DC mythology with bombastic metal action! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Gorr Jun 16, 2020

    Death Metal #1 is an awesome first issue. Surprisingly, this issue is unlike many of Snyder's first issues in that there is not as much exposition as usual, which is a welcome addition. Instead, the issue features glimpses into a world that is largely conquered by Perpetua and her stooge the Batman Who Laughs. The premise for this event is interesting, and the stakes seem to be high. The issue features some awesome moments for different characters like Batman and Wonder Woman. Also, it is always nice to see Swamp Thing get some love in an event. Additionally, there were some new batmen characters featured in this comic book, and for that reason alone this book is worth getting. This issue sets up what looks to be an exciting event going for more

  • 10
    Dark Knight Comic Fan Jun 16, 2020

    I want whatever Snyder and Capullo are having.

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Jun 16, 2020

    Good start. As always, Snyder knows how to rope you in and start an event very well. He sets up the main players, the conflicts, and the story all very well. My major gripe is that this feels like it has come out of left field. When the original Dark Nights Metal happened, that had setups to it in prelude issues and other Snyder Batman stories, but this kind of feels random. It feels like it is picking up from the Justice League run, but it's very unclear where this is taking place in continuity. Did that detract from my enjoyment of the book that much? No. I love the universe that Snyder has built here, already post apocalyptic. I hope that he can expand on how it came to be or other aspects of it. I also like the story (spoilers, more

  • 2.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Jun 16, 2020

    The apparent culmination of the Game of Thrones-style struggle for DC continuity supremacy is here, and I worry that the least potent of the mix won out.

    Tom King fell by the wayside, his Heroes in Crisis devolving into a critical disaster. His Batman couldn't recover from the post-Catwoman non-wedding storylines. Now, his Strange Adventures and his forthcoming Bat/Cat miniseries have been shuffled off to Black Label.

    Brian Bendis came on strong ("Bendis is here!"), but his Super-books are losing circulation and his Wonder Comics line isn't taking off. He's now talking on podcasts about winding down on Superman and getting excited about Checkmate.

    Dan DiDio was fired.

    So who won? Scott Snyder more

  • 1.0
    Michaelbn Jun 16, 2020

    I used to like Batman.
    But I hate him now. Everything is about him.

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  • 8.5
    Nihilist Jun 16, 2020

    You know what great books have in common? They make you not just surprised and shocked, but also thinking. Thinking about what the hell you've just read, where it came from and where it leads, what does all the symbolism mean and what it foreshadows. Dark Nights Metal surely was a story like that, and hence it's anything but suprising nor shocking it received a sequel. One that's twisted even more than its predecessor.

    The comic hits you hard in the head from the very beginning. In a way that's exactly what you'd expect from something having "Death Metal" in its name, eh? And similarly to how an inexperienced listener will be overwhelmed with a wall of guitars frantically playing 16th notes, blast beats and growling all combining more

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 19, 2020

    Look I mean I didn’t hate it. I actually really appreciated Wally’s exposition dump because this huge event has been eternal and I didn’t know what was happening anymore. On the other hand... I’m exhausted and I don’t care about alternate realities or time travel or quirky new versions of Batman. I am tired. Fix your universe or don’t, DC, but please do it quickly.

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  • 10
    M1sf1r3 Jun 16, 2020

    It is here. Death Metal, the finale (hopefully) to Scott Snyder's Cosmic Saga. Let's see how it goes.

    The Good:
    This is an extremely enjoyable read. Just lots of fun.

    I love the new designs of the Trinity. Hell, everyone really.

    It reminds me a lot of Hickman's Secret Wars with the new DCU. And I love it.

    Capullo's art is amazingly great.

    It All Matters. From Doomsday Clock to Flash Forward, everything matters.

    The death. I am so happy it happened and interested where this story goes.

    Very intrigued with the ending. Looks like we'll be tying into Last Knight on Earth and Snyder's Batman run.

    The Bad:

    Conclusion more

  • 10
    Jokerman Jun 17, 2020

    What a fantastic issue. Only losers hate this masterpiece

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Jun 16, 2020

    I was not a fan of the original Metal, nor Snyder's Justice League, so I was expecting a clusterfuck of a bad comic. I was half right. It is for all intents and purposes a clusterfuck, but Snyder pulled a Hickman and this is just Secret Wars (2015). I mean, BWL has taken over the DCU like Doctor Doom did. Remade it all in his image. The only difference is that Doom was God King, and BWL is a bitch. But what this means is that this new setting, no matter how much is pulled from before like Manhattan Wally and Burnt Swamp Thimg, allows for a fresh start. And while we do get a smattering of Snyder's typical tropes, we've literally and metaphorically have had a break from it for quite some time. What does this mean? It means despite everything more

  • 7.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jun 16, 2020

    I thought Doomsday Clock was the most ambitious book I've ever read; I was wrong.

    The book opens en media res, where Prime Earth has been ravaged to the point that its a literal Bat-Supercontinent. The last that we saw of Snyderverse shenanigans was Hell Arisen: Lex getting cucked by Monitor Sugar-Mommy and Plot Armor who Laughs, who revealed the extent of the JL's escape through the Quintessence's "door". All we know is that the League (no Kendra or J'onn but Hal instead?) recreate the DCU Rebirth one shot cover and then get vaporized by what looks like Perpetua's granny hand doom magic.

    We have Sergeant Rock talking about poop, Bat-tourettes-rex, and a myriad of Bat-analogues that hurt my brain. I mean come on Snyder more

  • 6.0
    Afre Jun 17, 2020

    T started reading this after revisiting Metal and that is a mistake. I haven't finished Doomsday Clock nor have I read Snyder's JL so I'm very out-of-loop. And Wally's explanation just doesn't do this for me.

    But this just isn't as good beginning as Metal was. Metal started as a slow mystery that was the culmination of Snyder's Batman run. Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting were excellent prequels And it worked. Metal doesn't necessarily require you to read Snyder's Batman run, as it works without it.

    This however, doesn't work without reading previous issues. And that bothers me.

    Many have compared this to Hickman's Secret Wars saga, which I loved. And yes, there are similarities here. But Doom was so muc more

  • 10
    Wally West Jun 16, 2020

    Oh god ... where are my children now ?! Do they even exist this time ?! Well ... One the bright side ... Wonder Woman hugged me ... please don’t tell Linda.

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  • 10
    Darrow Jun 16, 2020

    A Great Start.

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    jarheadtree Jun 17, 2020

    Book of the decade.

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    JulianPope Jun 17, 2020

    Too many haters, too little time.

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    Antonio Jun 16, 2020

    The art is great and the story promises something big.

  • 9.0
    Silver Rocket Jun 17, 2020

    Guess what... who cares about continuity, it looks cool as hell.

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas Jun 17, 2020

    I know some may not really be too big on this one, but damn I loved it, just like with the original Metal book. Snyder and Capullo are both going all-in crazy here, with this reading almost as if it's a fan fiction, though it's more of a Secret Wars (the latest one, not the original) type of story.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jun 17, 2020

    Rock solid beginning. Lots of questions but what we have here is great stuff. Characterization is good. Some great moments. Awesome artwork. I cant wait to see where this goes.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jun 18, 2020

    I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Its out there and a little cheesy but I think it works.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Jun 19, 2020

    " Hey, go ahead ! The world up there is ruled by Batman. So tous me ? Down here really is Paradise Island ! HAHAHA HAHAHA HAHAHA À !"
    - JOKER

  • 9.5
    huz Jun 24, 2020

    Greg Capullo is an amazing artist.

  • 9.0
    TheImageIsStrong Jun 21, 2020

    Great first issue in my humble opinion..

  • 7.5
    Liem Duong Jun 25, 2020

    Finally got around to reading this book. And what can I say, its just pure fun. Albeit, cosmic-level complicated multiversal stakes fun, but still fun. Snyder and Capullo returns with their sequel Death Metal to wrap up over 3 years of continuity story-telling and even hints to the DC's future moving forward.

    First, Metal! Snyder must really like Metal music to base his gigantic continuity spanning over a dozen books on a Slender Man Batman who looked like he came out of a hardcore goth/metal concert.

    I was never really into Snyder's take on the DC continuity, or DC continuity in general, but as this was probably the biggest event of the year for comics, I might as well give it a crack. Its probably best to at least re more

  • 5.0
    Gizmo Jun 25, 2020

    Like the previous Dark Nights: Metal, this is another over-indulgent, convoluted mess. I'm not really sure what else to say about it, I pretty much checked out after Wally's exposition dump. DC has done the multiverse stuff to death and these abstract, nonsensical energy sources aren't a plot device I can get behind.

    Capullo's art is awesome, as always. He draws a good T-Rex.

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