Dark Nights: Death Metal: Death Metal Guidebook #1

Writer: Priest, Vita Ayala, Becky Cloonan, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky Artist: Becky Cloonan, Doug Mahnke, Dan Panosian, Khary Randolph, Eduardo Risso Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 19, 2020 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 32
8.4Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

Earth is turned upside down, shrouded in a realm of darkness after the Justice League's defeat by the cosmic goddess Perpetua. Now the Batman Who Laughs and his army of Dark Knights rule the planet, wreaking havoc on humanity and raining destruction on the world. As Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and other heroes fight to survive in this strange new landscape, one cloaked figure has been observing from the sidelines, creating a guidebook to this new world and its evil leaders in the hope of forming a plan of justice... and penance.
This issue showcases the new factions of Earth and explores the mystery of what happened to our heroes a more

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 19, 2020

    This is great comics, this is entertainment. This is The Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 21, 2020

    I wouldn't mind a few more, as long as the quality is kept this high. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 18, 2020

    The story does a good job of showcasing the issues Batman faces in the new world, but it never really hits on the effects or consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 18, 2020

    All in all, this is a good anthology comic book one-shot and an especially good value. It has five stories, cool one-page dossiers between each story, and enough to make it all matter to the main event. There's also a great map of the remade world by Jared Blando and honestly a lot here for any type of reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 18, 2020

    There isn't a weak story in this volume, making it another big winner for DC's latest event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Aug 18, 2020

    If youre enjoying Dark Knight Death Metal, the Dark Knights Death Metal Guidebook is a must have comic that puts more content on the main series and more importantly is a totally enjoyable read from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 18, 2020

    This is a cant miss for Death Metal fans while offering some important backstory on how everything came into creation. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 19, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 is a one-shot tie-in that really works. While it feels like it should have come out earlier in the event, it does a great job of acting as a starting point for those who missed the first three issues. It answers a lot of questions and also drops some key hints for the main story as well. It's a spin-off that feels as vital as any main event issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Aug 21, 2020

    Not a perfect book, but very entertaining, and the main story is worth the price of admission alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Aug 26, 2020

    There is a lot jammed into this Death Metal Guidebook. And you have to be a specific fan of Batman, Harley, Wonder Woman and Aquaman to appreciate this particular filler book. I've given you the major Easter Egg in Luthor's quest. Perhaps there is more than met my eye in this issue, so invest in this Metal! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 18, 2020

    This collection of stories did not feel essential to the Death Metal story, and besides that, most were not much fun to read.  The art was excellent throughout the book, and I love seeing all the different art styles.  However, with so many unanswered questions in Death Metal, I need more than hints, setups, and side stories to recommend this to anyone besides completists.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Aug 19, 2020

    I don't recommend this book. The first story isn't very enjoyable, and while the others are definitely a lot more fun than the first one, most of them also don't really go anywhere. The guidebook material is rather lackluster and not really worth it. But this book does feature some good art, including a beautiful map of the Metalverse. That said, I recommend that you spend your time and hard-earned money on something else, as I don't think this enhances the reading experience of Death Metal at all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BitchWitcher Aug 18, 2020

    Like the first Death Metal one shot, Guidebook is surprisingly additive to the main event while also throwing in some fun side stories that may not he crucial to the reader's understanding of Death Metal but do expand the world Snyder and co. are creating.

    The main story by Snyder, Tynion, Williamson and Mahnke is simultaneously the most important story while also the least interesting. It does what it needs to do by contextualizing how the Death Metal world came to be, and ends in an interesting cliffhanger. The pacing, however, was a bit too fast for me and ended up losing whatever emotional aspect it could've had.

    The Harley Quinn story by Zdarsky and Randolph is one of the silliest and most entertaining ones, and m more

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Aug 20, 2020

    The main story was pretty solid. The rest was ok.

  • 7.0
    K Sharath Feb 4, 2023

    Stories in perspective of multiple characters have helped giving a clearer picture about the mainstream storyline which is otherwise just some chaotic mess. The varying artwork was lovable and provides some unique feel to each stories.

  • 7.0
    雨人点雪 Aug 28, 2020


    I am very pleased that this story has not been split into six issues and serialized in "Justice League", otherwise there will be six more terrible issues. The content that should have been six issues is combined into one issue, well... at least not so boring.

  • 7.0
    Watchtower022 Aug 23, 2020

    The issues with these anthology books is that not each story is the same quality. While overall, it was fairly good. The Fall of the Earth and Seeds I’d Hope were my favorite.

  • 6.5
    tonpas1989 Aug 18, 2020

    Watcher (Snyder) - 6/10
    Harley (Zdarsky) - 7/10
    Aquaman (Cloonan) - 6/10
    Wonder Woman (Ayala) - 7/10
    Batman (Priest) - 8/10

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Aug 18, 2020

    I really wanted this book to be good. To explain the rich lore of the entire event, show what happened to the main characters before issue #1 happened. To delve deep into the craziness of this new world. You know, be an actual guidebook, like the name suggests.

    Too bad out of all the stories, only the first one does something substantive. The rest isn't bad, but at the same time doesn't do much to tell you more than short stories set in the very same universe, thus ultimately the book feels way less than an actual guidebook and more than an average anthology. That's a shame, because I've been looking to it for a while now, hoping it'd provide me some unique insight. Instead the most important plot points still happen either off p more

  • 6.0
    Liem Duong Aug 18, 2020

    Another anthology, another tie-in for Death Metal. The second tie-in for Death Metal after the LOTDK, but unlike that anthology, this one was very essential to understanding the events leading to Death Metal and was decently enjoyable as well.

    The main story, The Fall of Earth, deals with the what happened to the DCU between the end of Snyder's Justice League and Tynion's Hell Arisen to the beginning of Death Metal. Basically, what happened to the world when shit hit the fan. Art for the most part was nice. Mahnke can have some great detailed panels, but few were kinda sloppy. Tynion, Williamson and Snyder wrote for this story, so I thought it there was too many cooks in the kitchen. Apparently not. We still have the laughable more

  • 5.5

    I really just hate anthologies and this is not the worst one. This doesn't really give any more information than what could be gleaned from the main event, aside from some stuff that doesn't ultimately matter, like where does Harley's giant Hyena come from. I'll just very briefly go through my thoughts on each story and we can all stop wasting time on this issue:

    The Fall of Earth - Again, this could all be gleaned from the main event. The heroes lost, who could've suspected? I find it funny that the super special Manhattan doorway was just another false hope situation in the end. I guess since they're not all dead yet, there's still hope lol.

    Queen of the Desert - I was kinda looking forward to this one because Chip Z more

  • 5.5
    Gorr Aug 18, 2020

    Exposition. Exposition. Exposition. Exposition. Exposition. Oh wait, dialogue on the last 2 pages.

  • 5.0
    Nightcrawler4 Jan 6, 2021

    The first story was genuinely necessary and I’m glad I got it because it filled in a few gaps I had for the story, but everything else felt unnecessary. The story with Wonder Woman and Ivy was cute, but again. Why? It doesn’t push the story further. It’s just filler content. All of this just like the Legends of the Dark Knights anthology issue is nothing but filler content. Is this what I’m spending my money on? I knew I should’ve just bought the main 1-7 issues and skipped these pointless one shots. My advice, you should too.

  • 5.0
    Spacey Medicine Aug 29, 2020

    Some of the art was very nice. Most of the stories were mediocre at best.

  • 5.0
    Afre Aug 19, 2020

    This "Guidebook" is just a collection of short stories that should've been in either

    A) in the first issue to explain the situation of the DC Universe

    B) released alongside the main issues

    or C) not written at all.

    I don't hate them (I liked Harley's and WW/Ivy story) but the rest are just meh. Aquaman's story doesn't feel like it was necessary nor was Batman's. At all.

    And the first issue? It was okay but why not write it in the first issue?

    I usually don't like to compare Marvel or DC, I keep them as their own universes and stories but this just feels like a worse version of Hickman's Secret Wars that thinks crazy means good and random equals great.

  • 4.5
    Darrow Aug 19, 2020

    I'm a fan of Snyder and his work, but this comic? No, it is not good at all.
    Batman Part Was Very Nonsense. Wonder Woman part was Worse. Aquaman Part was The Worst.
    Just Luthor part was good.

  • 10
    Lock Aug 19, 2020

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  • 8.5
    Batphantom Sep 8, 2020

  • 8.5
    wesshamu Aug 23, 2020

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Aug 18, 2020

  • 8.0
    Quirky Genin Aug 18, 2020

  • 7.5
    retcon_D Feb 13, 2021

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Oct 11, 2020

  • 7.5
    ActionCity Aug 19, 2020

  • 7.5
    Tony Aug 18, 2020

  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 4.0
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    KFuqua Aug 18, 2020

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