Dark Nights: Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1

7.9Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

The DC Universe has become engulfed by the Dark Multiverse, where demons dwell and reality is overrun by monstrous versions of the Dark Knight, all ruled by the Batman Who Laughs. In this collection of short tales, learn the terrifying secrets of these new Bats out of hell and other creatures of the night like Robin King, whose origin is just the worst! Plus, read about the secret buried beneath Castle Bat, the sentient Batmobile, and…how did Batman turn into a dinosaur? 

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Aug 5, 2020

    Horror, superheroics, fun, and fantasy" Dark Nights: Death Metal " Legends Of The Dark Knights has it all. Sometimes tie-ins and spin-offs are an unnecessary expense, not so with this book. Reading it directly after Death Metal #2 is extremely rewarding, and highly recommended. This extra issue is a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Tanner Dedmon Aug 5, 2020

    Legends of the Dark Knights is an excellent exercise in "What if?" if there ever was one. It's at times almost a scholarly examination of the multiverse concept and the rules that govern it and is often an unhinged flurry of possibilities following the wildest threads to their conclusions. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 5, 2020

    This is the best spinoff book I have seen come down the line of any It is essential if one is reading the Death Metal book. I had a lot of fun with this and I am glad I got a chance to sit down and savor this well done comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 5, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights (2020) #1 is a worthwhile collection for readers looking to be further immersed in the world of Dark Nights: Death Metal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Cidnya Aug 4, 2020

    Legends of the Dark Knights has all of that and more with it's bombastic, campy feel, it's stylized lettering, distinct art styles, and atmosphere coloring. I may not be a fan of comic event books, but fans of Synder should pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Aug 5, 2020

    "I shall become"" is probably the only story I didn't like, but I think there are definitely those who would. Use not for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Aug 4, 2020

    A feast of the unusual and bizarre, Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights #1 is at its best when deconstructing the Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 4, 2020

    I want to believe Garth Ennis intended this story to be funny because it was. From the first few panels by Joelle Jones, I knew this was going to be something different and unexpected and was not disappointed. A funny and interesting short that definitely lightens the mood. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 4, 2020

    Overall, it's a strong look into the darkest corners of the multiverse"and some bizarre ones that aren't so much dark as just strange. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Aug 4, 2020

    After reading all the stories in this issue, I really do feel I have a better understanding of these characters and a few of the questions I had about them have been answered. Death Metal has truly been an exciting and fun series to get into so far and with only two issues out, I know we can expect so much more and with Snyder at the helm, I know we haven't seen anything yet! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Brake Aug 5, 2020

    Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 gives fans the backstories of some of Death Metal's zaniest Batmen and lets readers in the Batman Who Laughs' plans for the multiverse! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Aug 6, 2020

    Horrific and at times ridiculous, this anthology gives a lot of story in a small package, though with perhaps an odd conclusion even for 'Death Metal.' Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 4, 2020

    Other stories are shorter with some fun sight gags, but little else to offer of note. Theyre not bad so much as inconsequential. And with Death Metal just getting underway Im not sure the demand was really there to explore more Batmans from the Dark Multiverse instead of the nightmarish takes on the heroes in the new Dark Earth. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Aug 4, 2020

    It's an okay anthology. Most of the stuff here is lackluster and some of it is outright boring and a chore to get through. These aren't must-read stories at all and can easily be skipped. But the story about Castle Bat is a real gem, and the story about Baby Batman is a lot of fun, so at least this issue ends on a high note. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Aug 5, 2020

    Please do not buy Dark Nights: Death Metal - Legends of the Dark Knights unless you have the disposable income to do so. It isn't worth your time or hard-earned money, unless you're a hardcore completist. There are moments of fun, but they're lost in the deluge. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 4, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1 is an unnecessary collection of recap and uninteresting characters that I don't suggest to anyone but completists and speculators. I'd say it's a missed opportunity, but it feels like an opportunity that should have been left undone. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 4, 2020

    But even with the sudden jolt of absurdist wit at the end of the issue, Dark Nights: Death Metal - Legends of the Dark Knights #1 is largely skippable. Though it bears the name of the iconic anthology series, there is little within the pages of this one-shot to justify calling it essential reading for the ongoing Death Metal saga. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Venom Aug 8, 2020

    loved it.

  • 8.5
    K Sharath Feb 4, 2023

    Real bizarre item with variable artwork hits it out of the part compared to the mainstream dull storyline. All the flashbacks revealing the origins of different Batman's. Esepcially Robin King and Manhattan origins are hell of an exploration.

  • 8.5
    Swift Planet Jan 31, 2021

    This was a lot more funny than I expected going in. The Robin King story was excellent and rightfully dark, I would say it is the standout.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Aug 16, 2020

    Some stories were better than others but overall a good read.

  • 7.5
    Quirky Genin Aug 4, 2020

    Due to some of the high profile shifts in creative direction for this one, plus issues caused by the pandemic, this one-shot ultimately falls short. At least that’s what I’d like to say. Outside of one or two of the stories, really not enough was divulged for this issue to matter enough. Fans are definitely getting impatient, hopefully Death Metal #3 delivers (it did).

  • 7.0
    Tony Aug 7, 2020

    I think when you want to do a massive event that shakes the status quo you need every comic counts, every story has to increase the whole narrative. The reader needs to feel what is reading. I think this chapter (one shot) of Dark Nights Death Metal fails because when you finish it...well...most of the things at least at this point feel pretty generic and unimportant. They are only there for filler.

  • 7.0
    tonpas1989 Aug 4, 2020

    Darkest Night (Snyder) - 7
    Robin King (Tomasi) - 8
    B. Rex (Bennett) - 6
    Castle Bat (Tieri) - 8
    Batmobeast (Johnson) - 7
    Baby Batman (Ennis) - 6

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    Darrow Aug 4, 2020


  • 6.0
    REYNARD Aug 4, 2020

    This cover is kind of a scam because we don't get any stories with Bat-Mage or Doctor Arkham but who cares because they are just as contrived and ridiculous as the other analogues in this book anyways.

    -"I Am Here" (Darkest Knight) = 7
    The art is great but the story is just a recap with an unnecessary origin that doesn't even make sense for Bathattan. Snyder then makes his Final Thesis on Batman about how he is a "Reactionary Idea" in an attempt to justify his batshit (see what I did there) crazy stupid stories these past three years. We also get some light hinting on what Darkest Knight's plan is what with the Multiverse Who Laughs and killing Perpetua and her kind.

    -"King of Pain" (Robin King) = 8
    Rossmo an more

  • 6.0
    Gorr Aug 4, 2020

    I enjoyed the first two stories of this book, however there is undeniably a great deal of issues with this book. For starters, what is the purpose of this book? Because beyond the first two stories, which are about the Darkest Knight and Robin King respectively, there is no cohesion or purpose to the book. The rest of the stories featured are about two to three pages of nonsense. They do not add much to the lore of the characters or the event itself, and when you are paying 5.99 for such a book you would feel as if you would want something of more substance and quality.

    While I can appreciate the first two stories, there is no denying that the "I Am Here" storyline is a massive exposition dump. I mean literally half the story ar more

  • 5.0
    Liem Duong Aug 7, 2020

    Woo. I am very hot and cold on the whole Metal event Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo has set up for the past 3 years. Dark Nights Metal was laughable jumbled and Batman-obsessed to the point of fan-fiction, yet Death Metal was surprisingly fun and hype. This has a mixture of both. An anthology that talks about the different dark multiverse Batmans, mainly though Robin King and the Darkest Knight (BWL).

    The Darkest Knight, yeah shared all of the ridiculous traits and unappealing kookiness that turned people off about the Dark Nights Universe. Its super edgy to the point of cheesy, basically all exposition about the BWL, what happened so far in the Dark Nights Universe, his secret plans on what he wants to do with the universes, the more

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Aug 11, 2020

    This was largely not worth my time. I liked the Garth Ennis one, but it just made me even more sharply aware of how this anthology didn’t seem to quite know if it wanted to be funny or serious or what.

  • 4.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 4, 2020

    Ugh, I hate anthologies. Why do they keep making these? Why do I keep reading them??

    I Am Here is trying so hard to be cool, and it would be if the writing was better. It's expositing about another deus ex machina that Snyder needed for his Metal event. That's it. That's all.

    King of Pain does something I hate. Children are incompetent and easily handled. I promise you this. Child murderers are not spooky and this whole story had me rolling my eyes.

    Batmanasaurus Rex is stupid.

    This Man This City was also pretty stupid, but the art was awesome. Francesco Francavilla is a name I'll look for in the future.

    Road Warrior is stupid.

    I Shall Become is also pretty stupid, but Gar more

  • 3.5
    Batfan Sep 28, 2020

    Everything was pretty lackluster and the writing felt rushed in some stories. Wouldn’t really recommend this for anyone unless you want to collect everything death metal based and want a summary on the batman who laughs

  • 3.0
    EdNothIng Aug 8, 2020

    Okay... didnt hate it, but didnt like it either. Okay... the first 2 stories were cool tho. But thats it for me, i’m dropping the death metal for real. Really didnt liked the first two issues...so... good luck for who is continuing, and for who likes the event. Taste is taste.

  • 3.0
    Afre Aug 6, 2020

    This was... kinda bad. And pointless.

    There was nothing good about this. Either being over-the-top or just plain boring.

    Skip this, as this isn't worth your time or money.

  • 2.0
    Nightcrawler4 Jan 6, 2021

    The ONLY reason I give this a 2 is because it has the debut/origin of Robin King. But man oh man was this the worst anthology I’ve ever read. A couple of the stories were literally two pages. Why? They served NO PURPOSE. This book was nothing but a waste of money and made me so mad I had to take a break from reading comics and switch to watching TV for a bit. The first story took up half the book. Literally went to the staples so that the other FOUR stories would all be condensed and rushed. Again. WHY?! I’ve never hated anything more than this. Save your money. Skip this book.

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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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