Dark Nights: Death Metal: Rise of the New God #1

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill, James Tynion IV Artist: Jess Merino, Nik Virella Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 28, 2020 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 39
6.7Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Batman. Always. Wins. This irrevocable truth resonates to the very heart of Perpetua's battle with the Batman Who Laughs…and when her ally reveals his absolute nature, she will upend this mantra and destroy the last planet. His planet. But that's not enough…and the mother of all creation must wonder, if power lies in destruction, why would she ever stop? But that's the thing about truth…when it turns to fact, there's no disputing its godlike reverence…and so enters the Darkest Knight. Featuring a backup story that spins out of the cliffhanger from Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse's End #1.

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 27, 2020

    There's a lot of exposition in this story, yes, but it's also got a surprising emotional punch, as we watch this dispassionate alien discover the true heroism behind this universe and become a true believer in it. It feels Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Oct 27, 2020

    Yes, even if you're not reading the Dark Nights Death Metal main line but you care about DC comics, this is something you should read. It's a bit dense, but it's absolutely warranted. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 27, 2020

    Both Jesus Merino and Nik Virella do a great job with the art in this issue. Both sides of the story have great imagery as they paint pictures of different aspects of the bigger story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 27, 2020

    DC Comics has done well to pull off an even that is made up of more one-shot stories than the event itself. Add Death Metal Rise of the New God to the list of good comics storytelling that adds weight and stakes to an event that can feel unseemly and hard to fathom. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Oct 27, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal - Rise of the New God #1 zigs where it's expected to zag and delivers a surprisingly heartfelt meta-commentary on what makes the DCU so great instead a banal cosmic throwdown. Highly recommended, even if you haven't been reading this story! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Oct 27, 2020

    As a tie-in to the greater story of Dark Nights: Death Metal, Rise of the New God is a failure. It does nothing to advance the story and makes the whole idea of gods doing battle incredibly mundane and dull. And yet, that is the point. In deconstructing the idea of event comics, Tynion has accomplished that which few authors have and told a tale that truly made me think. And his ideas are brought to life beautifully by the art team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Oct 28, 2020

    This is vintage comic-book entertainment; the kind I grew up with, and the kind that will help make youngsters the fans, and creators, of tomorrow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Oct 27, 2020

    There are aspects of this book I enjoyed. It plays with some interesting ideas, and I do like how meta it feels at points. I even love the message of hope, how it strives to be a book about finding inspiration even in the darkest hours. But it never really pulls itself out of being a filler story to find real stakes in the greater narrative of Death Metal. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 27, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal Rise of the New God is an interesting comic. It has a lot of concepts that could work really well. But, as a comic, it doesn't stand on its own. It feels like a chapter in the event that without the event, it'd make no sense. As is, it's inclusion is head-scratching until we read more of what's to come. It's a setup of things, clearly, but until that pays off, what's presented can be a bit confusing and mixed. It has concepts without payoff and new ideas that until this issue hasn't played into Dark Nights: Death Metal. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Oct 28, 2020

    Tynion IV is a master in the Batman books, but this book is not anything what I thought it would be. Perhaps I am not deep into the story enough, but I've been a Metal reviewer for some time now, and while Robin King is worthy of throne, this new incarnation of The Batman Who Laughs needs to be swept to the trash. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 27, 2020

    Even if The Chronicler becomes an important character this wasnt the most essential tie-in and felt more like a placeholder. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Oct 29, 2020

    So this issue was a bit of a letdown overall. It could have been great. Maybe let Hill and Virella take the lead next time. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 28, 2020

    Rather than selling readers $6 to be told that superhero comics are very important, the creative team could have made an effort to tell a story that captures all of the power, creativity, and significance they speak to in dialogue balloons. They do not even try. Read Full Review

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