Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

7.0Critic Rating
4.5User Rating

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The DC Multiverse is a collection of alternate-reality worlds where anything is possible. Each world tells the tale of a possible split in reality, or shows how lives vary depending on a single, solitary decision. But now that the Multiverse has been destroyed, the Batman Who Laughs has used his god like power to create a new Dark Multiverse…a collection of 52 evil worlds, each more terrifying than the last. This one-shot offers the curious-and the brave-a glimpse into the nightmare realities that the Batman Who Laughs has created in tales by creators who know what it means to have a truly twisted sense of misfit humor. An Arkham Asylum eve more

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 24, 2020

    Brandon Thomas takes an interesting premise and injects it with some hard, but relevant truth about the way some people have had to process fear. It's a great story with a couple of surprising twists. Tom Mandrake beautifully captures the dark tone and mood of the story with the art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 25, 2020

    I am loving everything that is Death Metal and this really fits in perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 24, 2020

    Overall, a solid package with some intriguing stories, although I don't think any of them reach the highs of some past anthologies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 24, 2020

    Overall, this is another good anthology in the Dark Nights: Death Metal event. It offers a variety of unique voices to tell twisted stories on familiar characters offering us a glimmer of darkness in a multiverse of infinite stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Nov 25, 2020

    The Robin King has eclipsed anything that I ever thought he would be. I thought the first time I saw The Batman Who Laughs was incredible. The Robin King is a perfect narrator for your immersion into this anthology of stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Nov 24, 2020

    There were a few hits in this one-off, like Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson's "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Multiverse." Snyder always does well with teasing twisted ideas. Some are better than others, but there's definitely enough for everyone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Nov 24, 2020

    This one, feels almost like it doesn't quite fit into the narrative of world gone wrong. Yes, horrifying and terrible things are happening, but there's a narrative of hope in it that just doesn't match what the rest of the anthology is trying to do, which is tell these stories of worlds twisted by the Darkest Knight, who's taken over and supposedly winning because things are terrible. The outlook is bleak here, but this reads like a story where good might ultimately prevail. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Nov 24, 2020

    I know that many people love comics for the art, but they're meant to be team efforts. Comic-books are a visual medium, but a good story is essential; when what you read is of the same calibre as what you look at, that's when comics truly shine. For that reason Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs loses a few points. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 24, 2020

    There are some things to like about Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs. The idea of an anthology telling stories in this twisted world has potential but few are given the space they're needed to really be interesting. Instead, they all fall short as teases for something far more entertaining. Both the Green Arrow and Steel stories are worthy of their own one-shots and an entire line could be done like the other Dark Multiverse one-shots releases. But, as is, there's not a lot here to get excited about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Nov 25, 2020

    I've enjoyed a lot of what Death Metal and the Dark Multiverse have to offer thus far, and there's even more original and interesting takes on classic characters in Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Mutliverse Who Laughs. That said, your mileage is going to vary a bit, as none of these stories really add anything significant to the core Death Metal story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Nov 24, 2020

    Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Multiverse Who Laughs #1 is a hodgepodge of great creative talent given free reign to create an anthology that should be a whirlwind of psychotic fun but instead just falls flat. Without a concrete reason to justify its existence, readers will be hard-pressed to care, especially at its steep price point. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 24, 2020

    Where the end of Death Metal #5 made it seem like the Darkest Knight's worlds would be not only interesting but also something to fear, we're given an anthology book about them that just comes off as thrown together and lacking in anything really entertaining. I do have to give it up to Connor and Palmiotti for showing us a messed-up Super-Pets story but beyond that, there isn't anything here that makes this feel more than just a writer's workshop. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    SONOFBATMANN Nov 24, 2020

    It perplexes me as to how even with endless possibilities and potential for stories brought upon with the medium of the Dark Multiverse, DC can't seem to hire anyone with a single shred of imagination!

    These are the stories in this book:

    -"Scary Stories to tell in the Dark Multiverse" = More Snyder Robin King projection.

    -"Feeding the Beast" = DC gave Patton Oswald a Zsasz story; but who gives a shit because I fell asleep reading it.

    -"The Super-Threats!" = Just another zombie story, but this time it has the Super Pets.

    -"Hard Traveled" = Waste of pages #1; Hal and Oliver have a disagreement. Nothing story.

    -"The Fear Index" = Waste of pages #2; John Henry Irons and a kid tal more

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  • 3.5
    Batman Jones Nov 24, 2020

    Review aggregates are problematic. The critic reviews include Weird Science that gives low scores as a rule and drags down the average score. The user reviews typically include so many 10s and 1s, the aggregate is hardly instructive at all. It tends to indicate, more than anything else, how many people gave extreme hit and run scores, in either extreme. There was one user reviewer here that used to post 1s, without explanation, before they could have even read an issue. And that reviewer would give the same score no matter which issue in a run they didn’t like in general. Others do the same with 10s, rendering the whole exercise meaningless.

    I say all that, way too many words, to say that 4 is a pretty low score for me and that more

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  • 5.5
    Timmylovescomics Nov 27, 2020


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    DDJamesB Dec 1, 2020

    It was readable and there were some ok parts but definitely not needed and Id probably never read it again.

  • 4.5
    Onomatopoeia Nov 25, 2020

    I was excited to read Patton Oswalt's story, but honestly, it didn't stand out much. The narration for Zsasz was all over the place, and by the end, I was confused and bored. Everything else was pointless and forgettable.

  • 4.0
    Psycamorean Nov 24, 2020

    The first story in this anthology promises something different, and while Robin King's examples of different were very stupid, I was fool enough to believed we'd be getting weird stories. But we didn't, really. These stories were very akin to those Dark Multiverse one-shots, only thankfully shorter. None of these are really worth the time, but I will say that the final story is probably the best one, even if not much is done with the legitimately fun concept it presents.

  • 3.0
    Aussie Dad Dec 5, 2020

    Five stories and the only challenge is which is more forgettable than the others. Charging $5.99 for this is shameful.

  • 2.0
    Afre Nov 25, 2020

    It has Robin King in it so it cannot be better than a 3/10. And it is not. Uninteresting, short storiers that nobody cares about that has no interesting twists on them or great artwork to make them better.

    A waste of money and time. And the whole Death Metal event starts to feel like that too.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Nov 24, 2020

    Really...enough of the metal garbage!

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Nov 28, 2020

    Honestly who is buying this crap? It's 44 pages of garbage. I struggled to get past page 6. The art is what it is but the story is just "Edge Lord" garbage. Stop buying this stuff as the story just sucks.

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