Dark Nights: Death Metal #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 14, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 56
8.2Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman are trapped in nightmare worlds within the Dark Multiverse! They’ll need to face down their fiercest foes once again if they hope to accomplish their mission and bring back a power capable of stopping the Darkest Knight. But what horrors has he unleased on Earth while they’ve been locked away?!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Oct 14, 2020

    These Death Metal issues will have you scratching your head one moment, but they appear to be shaping DC for years to come! Here's to this issue and hoping time flies so we can get the next one! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 14, 2020

    The writing by Scott Snyder is excellent here. He does a great job of throwing a bunch of concepts at the reader and making it easily digestible. Artist Greg Capullo is doing the best work of his career and this is pretty great. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 13, 2020

    Taking a heart-pounding trip through DC's storied history, Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #4 is another rousing issue that will appeal, especially, to longtime readers. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 13, 2020

    Snyder, Capullo and company keep raising the stakes in this big event and incorporating DCs Crisis history to great effect in whats been a mind blowing epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 13, 2020

    Greg Capullo delivers some beautiful, inspiring art in this issue. Both Darkseid and Superboy Prime are visually menacing and every page is filled with gorgeously detailed imagery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Oct 14, 2020

    Snyder has done a great job catering to the fans who want as much information as possible while giving the ones who want the DC Universe-altering event just that and nothing else. All the while Greg Capullo is effortless reminding all why he's one of the best in the business. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 13, 2020

    With only three issues to go, I have no clue how this is going to end"or what the DCU is going to look like when it's over. That's what I call a good event comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Oct 13, 2020

    This issue amplifies the insanity, but the series never claimed to be high art. this is comic-book rock'n'roll, people! Scott Snyder and co. are bringing back every aspect of the DC Universe, and all of it will be ours. A Multiverse is a very cool thing, but a Metaverse is even better! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Oct 14, 2020

    When all is said and done, Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 delivers a great character-driven, high-octane story that plows ahead at max speed throughout its pages. Though it does have a minor stumble at the end. Even with this misstep, I can still say Im looking forward to seeing what the next issue brings. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Oct 15, 2020

    "Dark Nights: Death Metal" #4 is an apocalyptic issue that combines several plot threads together to craft a new direction for the event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 13, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 is an interesting look at three major DC Comics Crisis events and how they'd play out if the supervillains won. This issue forces Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to confront those worlds and that adds a wrinkle to their experiences. This issue also holds a deeper purpose that energizes the heroes as they barrel towards stopping Perpetua for good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Oct 14, 2020

    This series has taken on some large concepts, but so far it's hit most of them out of the park. Hopefully, it can do the same with that last page, and the good news is it certainly has momentum on its side. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tony Smith Oct 14, 2020

    All in all, another well written and illustrated issue of this crazy series that is a totally entertaining read from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Oct 13, 2020

    Overall, Death Metal #4 is a clean up issue story wise with Snyder tying together the last few one shots that were released which feels like a waste almost with a main issue but he is able to clean it up and progress the story enough to make it worth the time and ending it on a note that will get the reader excited for what sure to be an exciting series of events moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Oct 13, 2020

    Dark Nights Death Metal #4 marks the moment in which Snyder and Capullo attempt to make a crater-sized mark in the DC Universe. This is the stuff of crisis, an abject change from the tongue-in-cheek rock opera that Death Metal has been masquerading as up until now. Capullo, Glapion, Plascencia, and Napolitano work together to create a kinetic and exciting visual read, while Snyder's script coalesces the Death Metal event into a firm statement on the tone of the modern DC Universe. With two main issues left, it remains to be seen if the final act will keep the bright light on or leave us to wallow in the darkness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Oct 16, 2020

    Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman travel to worlds in crises only to find that not all is as it should be. While Batman struggles in a sea of emptiness, Wonder Woman has a heart-to-heart with Superboy Prime and Superman comes face-to-face with Darkseid. It's looking dark for our heroes in an issue that certainly feels like a midway point with its reliance of exposition and dialogue. But, a solid issue nonetheless made all that bit more brighter by Greg Capullo. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 14, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 continues to deliver on the massive scope of this Crisis-level event that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are telling. The right emotional story beats are hit to make the hail mary that the Trinity attempt have maximum impact for what happens with the Darkest Night appears. Though you will need to read several of the one-shot tie-ins to Dark Nights: Death Metal to understand everything going on in this issue. How many of those one-shots you read will impact how Dark Night: Death Metal #4 will be received. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Oct 13, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 finds itself spinning its wheels a bit narratively when it should be charging ahead full-speed. It isn't abad issue per se, but it does feel a bit like the story is stuck in neutral. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 13, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal #4 just generally falls flat. The comic is predictable far too often. There's parts are non-sensical at times, a big moment being when our heroes are freed (not really a spoiler). It's a ride though that focuses on desperation and delivering that emotion to the readers to get them interested. It's a chapter in the bigger story and will be completely fine as such in a popcorn read sort of way. On it's own though, it just doesn't quite work for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 12, 2020

    Scott Snyder continues to give readers some big moments, but I am still waiting for them all to click in my mind.  While this issue felt a bit forced to make things even worse for our heroes, we have the ultimate reset button on the good guys' side, which has me a bit excited.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Oct 13, 2020

    My main complaint here is that this book has the potential to be incredible, but the creative team seems to be taking the easy way out every time. That is to say, every time our heroes are faced with a challenge or obstacle or enemy, they overcome this so easily that their victory feels unearned and the battles feel hollow. This book's cliffhanger could be this book's course correction, but it remains to be seen whether or not the creative team follows up on it. This is by no means a bad book, but it could be so much better. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Oct 18, 2020

    Death Metal #4 sets up a wonderful premise with questionable execution. Read Full Review

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