Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 12, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 46
8.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

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All aboard! When the Justice League launches its assault on New Apokolips, the team’s goal is to free Superman from his solar prison. But it’s all going off the rails when they learn that the Man of Steel is gone for good thanks to the Anti-Life Equation. Plus, the deep secret of the Darkest Knight is revealed-but how much darker could the Batman Who Laughs possibly get? And don’t miss the surprise return of everyone’s favorite wanna be Robin!

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 12, 2020

    Three issues in and Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-)continues to impress, upping the ante with every turn of the page, somehow managing to raise the stakes with each new plot development. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 11, 2020

    Were more or less at the halfway point of this seven issue mini-series so Snyder and Capullo have plenty of story left to tell, but its nice to see the plan go a bit awry as new players emerge and everything is up for grabs. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Aug 12, 2020

    Death Metal #3 doesn't shy away from the insanity that has fueled the series so far, but it injects the intrigue and heart the series needs to make sure we all care about the outcome. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Aug 11, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #3continues to offer up deep cuts for DC Comics fans, inventive plot points, and ultimately, Snyder continues to prove how much he understands each character he writes into this large bombastic story. If there is one thing to say about Dark Nights: Death Metal,its that its clear that's its made by creatives who love the characters deeply and this translates when a fan who feels the same picks it up. Truly, as the insanity of Dark Nights: Death Metalkeeps rising, the more I fall in love with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 12, 2020

    Snyder and Capullo have done it again with this issue and this is really spectacular stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Aug 12, 2020

    Once again, Snyder is leaving readers with a lot to think about before next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Aug 11, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 (Snyder, Capullo, Glapion, Plascencia) continues this miniseries' win streak, delivering both huge, fun action beats with a loving and smart love letter to DC's storied past. Even if you haven't read any of the lead-up, this series is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 11, 2020

    By now, everyone knows if they're into the tone of Snyder and Capullo's over-the-top, epic dimension-hopping crossovers. I definitely am, and I can't wait to see how they continue to up the stakes every issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Aug 11, 2020

    Overall, Death Metal #3 is everything we could have asked for in this series. The writing is exciting and fast paced and hits on all of the readers emotions delivering an adrenaline filled story that keeps you turning the pages and stunning art that pops off the page and pleases the readers sense of imagination and enjoyment. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 11, 2020

    Greg Capullo delivers some visually stunning panels throughout this issue. Capullo composes some great scenes and the details in the characters is amazing. The page featuring the liberation of the other heroes looks awesome and the whole tone of the art in this issue is more hopeful and bright. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Aug 11, 2020

    The dynamic pairing of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continues to please, as they team up to create a masterful story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 11, 2020

    The end of the chapter floored me. How could I forget this character and his influence on the events that led up to this series? Superman is indeed back, but he's not the only one. Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 also finally gives us a glimpse at the Death Metal itself, meaning that, even though we're halfway through this series, things are definitely going to get even more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 10, 2020

    Death Metal is the big book going at DC Comics right now, and this issue feels like it.  I still am waiting for some big answers, but I can deal with a ton of guest stars in the meantime.  Hopefully, after the planned month off, Snyder and Capullo will really kick things into high gear. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 11, 2020

    I'm still not sold on Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 and the series as a whole. I get a feeling I can see the meta at work but won't know until the series wraps up. It really does feel like a final chapter in the New 52 aspect of the DC Universe putting the final nails in that chapter. But, there's still issues to go and a lot of directions the series can take. While the individual issues have had a sense of entertainment, this may be a series to truly judge as a whole instead of its individual parts. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 11, 2020

    Armed with plenty of splashy visuals and a renewed urgency to the narrative, Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 puts the event on solid rails as it barrels toward its surely huge conclusion. Thanks to a keen energy and silly reverence to the weird and wooly world(s) of the DCU, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia deliver just the shot in the arm this event needed as it heads into its operatic endgame. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Aug 11, 2020

    This is a fun comic. It's action-packed, and it's more focused than the previous issue. But it's also marked by a number of missed opportunities to keep this issue from reaching its full potential. However, the art is amazing, and FCO is the star of the show here. That said, it's like the creative team is still trying to figure out if they want this to be more lighthearted or horror, and I'm hoping that they will have figured that out by the next issue. Nevertheless, I still recommend this comic book, as it's entertaining for sure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Aug 14, 2020

    There's no denying that this series has been a pretty wild time with a lot of moments that exist just to be cool. But, this issue takes it one step further and applies this approach to pivotal moments, making a lot of this book feel low-stakes and lacking impact. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Sam Rutzick Aug 11, 2020

    This is a bad comic. It's a gross, disturbing romp that trades on cheap imitations of better stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Aug 11, 2020

    Dark Nights: Metal feels like a blockbuster movie unraveling before our eyes. There's no time to breathe, because action never stops, even for a moment, and every chapter so far tried to squeeze as much action into its limited number of pages as possible. The event grows - from regular series it's going to expand into several spin-offs and one-off issues. Hopefully the upcoming Guidebook will explain few things to us, as well as properly ground all the characters and shows us how and why they're in particualar places looking particular way, and having a chance to develop. That's something the series so far has been missing - a chance for each main hero to grow, and all of that because the plot has to progress forward super fast. And it's no more

  • 5.0
    SONOFBATMANN Aug 11, 2020

    Look, i get that the point of this event is to be crazy camp for the sake of it, but a lot of the writing and concepts are just so fucking bad. The whole New Apokolips scene triggered me immensely because Scott Snyder clearly didn't understand Final Crisis and blatantly messed up one of the climaxes of the book (Batman vs Darkseid). The Anti-Life Great Death Drive was stupid as hell, Darkfather is beaten with ease (you would expect a Darkseid/Batman analogue to be unbeatable) and they find their allies on the next page just in time to set up the tie-in series. Robin King is edgelord crap (but the Speed-Force repellent is ridiculous enough to get a chuckle). Lobo's parts were interesting and we finally get some hinting as to why this series more

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  • 3.0
    Danny Aug 10, 2020

    “Fool me once, strike one. But fool me twice...strike three.” - Michael Scott. Yeah, I should have stopped with the event back when I rolled my eyes upon seeing the last panel of Issue 1. I have this impression that this isn’t Snyder’s story at all–that someone from the top is pushing this down his throat. This just doesn’t feel like the Scott Snyder I grew up admiring back when he wrote the first issue of the New 52 Batman series. However, if it IS Snyder’s story… What happened? Does he only want money out of this with all these new “Batmen” he keeps creating through sheer whim? After all, this is his LAST gig before he opts out of DC. Is he milking as much as he can out of this? Speaking of the various Batmen, I’d ar more

  • 1.0
    Leylin Aug 11, 2020

    I am beginning to hate batman

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  • 9.5
    Tony Aug 10, 2020

    Capullo´s artwork: 5/5 maybe he delivered us a better panels but in general I dig a lot what he is doing in this comic and some colors looks beautiful. I think you need to judge this comic from two perspectives, one: A part from something bigger, I mean when we have the full story we will see if the whole thing works well or not and, two, as comic book stand alone, it´s perfect, of course not but it´s fun and fits well with book one and two. Some people will criticize that it uses resources used in other stories, but that is clear from the beginning, it all counts. For me is a 4.5/5. I suspect the story will be criticized for making use of nostalgia at certain points,at least for me it works.In the end you are interested in knowing what more

  • 10
    JulianPope Aug 11, 2020

    and we're back.

  • 8.5
    allenquanobi Aug 11, 2020

    A lot better than the last issue. The last issue felt like Snyder and capullo doing the works. It was boring, slow, and didn't really do much to advance the plot. In this issue, it picks up the pace and provides some of that action that many fans have been waiting for. It also has a lot of call backs to DC stories that was cool to see

  • 6.5
    Liem Duong Aug 11, 2020

    Okay. This has a mix of both good and blah. Overall, I am still liking Death Metal, it is still relevantly fun and high energy, but its starting to wan on me. It has the opposite effect of Marvel's Empyre. With Empyre, things are being dragged way too much. With Death Metal, things are being rushed. And this gives head to some laughable plot armor. Like the " Bat-blocker ". Come on Snyder. I know this event is supposed to be fun and wild, and it is, but it also needs to be grounded in some sense, and with rushed story-telling it fumbles over too many blocks for me to adequately enjoy everything about Death Metal, even though really I want to.

    Just having high-stake thrills and big bombastic energy is not enough to make me jump o more

  • 5.0
    Afre Aug 11, 2020

    This still just doesn't do it for me. It just feels so rushed.

    Having the event start after the big battle was a mistake.

    Maybe the biggest problem for is that I just don't care. I don't care about BWL. I'm just annoyed by him. Every issue it feels he just becomes more and more powerful and it is getting ridiculous.

    Wonder Woman doesn't feel like the main character currently, because this event is still too much connected to Batman. Do we really need to see Batseid for one issue and then never again?

    The 7 Dark Knights felt like an horrifying enemy whose backstories were good so Snyder thought it would be better if we had 10 times more Batmen without those backstories.

    And again, Bruce more

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  • 4.5
    Spacey Medicine Aug 17, 2020

    This was a struggle to get through. I had a lot of nitpicks that I won’t bother sharing, but the reason I bring them up is that this comic is so disengaging that I end up thinking about tangents rather than caring about the story. I cared more about Diana’s hair dye than I did about the Batman Who Laughs chasing down three generations of Flash.

  • 4.0
    YourGreenMuse Aug 12, 2020

    You know, Nihilist compared this series to Mastodon. As someone who hates Mastodon, I couldn't agree more. Way too much of this issue is spent expositing and that's because there is no foundation here. It's just like Justice League where everything is just building on pillars of sand and bullshit. And now they're setting up the numerous one-shot tie-ins while never establishing their event's base. This is just mindless. I'm so sick of Scott Snyder's anime-esque storytelling. It's fucking drab. What was the point of the Final Crisis regurgitation besides "fun"? I guess a reference is enough for some, but for me, I just saw it as wasted pages, and ultimately stupid.

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  • 10
    VenomizedTank Aug 13, 2020

    I loved the art as always,and the story is crazy like I like it, I just can't get enough of the darkest Knight.

  • 9.0
    Watchtower022 Aug 16, 2020

    So many great developments in this book! Really excited to see what’s going to happen, not only here, but in some of the tie ins

  • 8.0
    JohnWOlin Aug 13, 2020

    My favorite thing about this issue is the self awareness of just how nuts of a concept this book is. It kind of gets close to breaking the 4th wall a couple of times, and as always the incredible art team lead by Capullo keeps it going even when it hams it up.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Aug 17, 2020

    " All right, all right. Not in front of Clark."
    - BATMAN

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Aug 18, 2020

    This one lost me a little. Was just too convenient and sometimes too corny for its own good. Worst issue yet but also sets up some good things moving forward.

  • 6.0
    Silver Rocket Aug 12, 2020

    It is getting worse by each issue. It feels rushed and disorganized. Snyder should remember that the less is more.

  • 3.0
    Ulf Aug 11, 2020

    TBH I stopped reading and just glanced through the pictures, mostly, about 1/3 of the way through. This just seems like a mess.

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  • 3.0
    TheKing Aug 12, 2020

    I'm ready for The Metal era to be done with.

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