Dark Nights: Metal #1
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Dark Nights: Metal #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 16, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 45 User Reviews: 117
8.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The superstar BATMAN team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo reunite for a massive, universe-spanning event!
DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and THE CASTING hinted at dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! Now, as DARK NIGHTS: METAL begins, the Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger-and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe!
DARK NIGHTS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other-one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World's Greatest Heroes more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 15, 2017

    So there you have it, DC's summer starts here, with another part of Gotham destroyed and Batman keeping secrets from his friends. This may sound like a poor setup for such a huge event, but lest we forget, Snyder's storytelling is all about the journey and when the landscape is provided by Capullo et al, who can really complain. Please fasten your seat belts, we are in for wild ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Aug 16, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo getting the band back together and telling a Crisis-type story is the perfect recipe for some epic comics. Metal #1 features one of the coolest final pages you will read in comics in this year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Deron Generally Aug 15, 2017

    A great read that reinforces what is great about these characters and takes more steps towards an intriguing mystery that no one can predict. The artwork is beautiful and evocative with every character and background being rendered with dynamic details. Read Full Review

  • 10
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Aug 16, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are pulling out all the stops here, setting the table for what should be a hell of a feast. This book is a love letter to DC history, as well as a neat pathway to an even better creative future the Dark Matter line is being set up sublimely. Im beyond excited to see what all springs from this first issue in terms of story, character development, and badass fun. This looks to be a series that reignites a passion for comics, and who the hell wouldnt want that? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 20, 2017

    There's definitely a lot to absorb here and readers unfamiliar with DC's history may be lost in the second half of this issue. But for fans of everything mentioned above, this, like the two issues that preceded it was a joy to read. My only complaint would be the cover. While I enjoy the metallic sheen, which when compared to Marvel's Generations event (also priced at $4.99) is a nice bonus, the actual cover design and logo falls flat for me. But after all, it's what's inside the comic that counts and I found every page, including the last page shocker to be worth every single penny! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 16, 2017

    I want to say more. I really want to get into that final page, but this is the first book since Rebirth #1 you absolutely need to read for yourself. Stay as isolated as you need to in order to avoid the spoilers. It's well worth with it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The DC Bros - Dillyn Chadwick Aug 16, 2017

    Dark Knights Metal #1 is a huge book -- it's history in the making and this issue makes this event feel epic and important. I will even bet the ramifications of this event is going to play into the overall DCU for years to come. It's such a fun read and I am glad that DC has allowed Snyder and Capullo to even attempt to write something like this. This is a must for all Batman fans, Justice League fans and DC Comic fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - Shawn Warner Aug 16, 2017

    This is truly the big event book of the summer, it feels like the real thing because it is the real thing. Dark Nights: Metal captures the thrills of a Hollywood blockbuster and the no holds barred fun of a trip to the amusement park all without ever leaving the confines of your mind, now how's that for the price of admission? Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Aug 16, 2017

    After all the buildup and hype, Metal is here, and wow did it deliver. Snyder and Capullo have developed a fantastic writer-artist relationship that really shows. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Aug 14, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #1 is a bombastic, twisted thrill ride that invites the reader to come in and enjoy, rather than stand back and be shocked. Metal surprises, but in the best way. Put those horns up. Rock the **** out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Aug 16, 2017

    Put on your best headphones because Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's band is now in session. Get ready to rock with Dark Nights: Metal #1! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 16, 2017

    It is a rare thing for an event book to live up to its hype. Dark Knights: Metal #1 is such a rarity. The DC Comics Universe has been changed before but for once it doesn't seem like hyperbole to say that nothing will ever be the same again! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Aug 16, 2017

    I’ve been very vague in the description of the story to make this a spoil-free review for anyone who hasn’t read the issue. I’m telling you folks this is going to be something special. The creative team are having fun and you’ll have a blast reading it. Don’t hesitate to pick this one up. The toughest decision you should have is which cover to chose! Now even if you have to run to the hills or drive the highway to hell to get this issue grab it today! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Aug 19, 2017

    Scott Snyder's enthralling story telling and Greg Capullo's art are nothing short of amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Aug 16, 2017

    While this series won't be for everyone, Dark Nights: Metal #1 is the most fun I've had reading comics in a long, long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Aug 21, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do practically everything right in Dark Nights: Metal #1 by creating a fun, gripping, dynamic introduction to the biggest DC Comics event of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Aug 20, 2017

    DC has had some superlative events in the past, from Final Crisis to The Darkseid War, and Metal #1 is brimming with enough promise and potential that it might just prove their equal. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Aug 17, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's epic reunion brings us Batman's most important mission yet -- with Multiverse-shattering results. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 16, 2017

    This book had the perfect blend of nostalgia, mystery, and adventure all in one. I was engaged in every moment on every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Aug 16, 2017

    A great issue all around. If you enjoyed Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting, then you will enjoy this. If you haven't read any of them, then what are you waiting for? This is the event of the summer and it's already living up to the hype" so get on it! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Aug 16, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #1 is just the kind of start I was hoping for from this latest DC events. It may be a bit heavy on information, but despite this the creative team still fashion an engaging product, that shows a lot of potential moving forward. Add to this a surprise return, that is sure to appeal to Vertigo fans, and I see no reason why you shouldn't pick this up from your local comic book store next time you're in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 16, 2017

    Explosive scenes with a narrative that feels huge in scope and purposeful make this a must read for DCU and Batman fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Megan Rae Aug 15, 2017

    To sum it up, Dark Nights Metal #1 is awesome, if a little exposition heavy. For fans entering this blindly, though, the set-up is necessary and handled in a way that does not stall the forward momentum of the plot or feel extremely out of place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Jarrod Saunders Aug 16, 2017

    Fresh off of All-Star Batman, Scott Snyder is invested in creating something truly special with Metal, and he really does. If the first issue is anything to go by, we can expect many surprising revelations. Dark Nights: Metal #1 boasts epic storytelling and really great art. It should fly off the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Aug 17, 2017

    By the end of the issue, you end up with more questions than answers, but in the best possible way; Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have a truly epic story on their hands, one that could change the DC Universe as we know it. After a gripping and amazing first issue, we're looking forward to moreDark Nights: Metalto see Scott Snyder's grand plan unfold. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Aug 16, 2017

    DC Metal is an excellent start to what promises to be a fun event. It's unpretentious in its earnest love for the comic book universe it gleefully expands upon and skillfully weaves together old concepts and new ideas into a seamless, exciting whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 18, 2017

    This was a lot of fun and feels very different. There's a bit of a Stranger Things or Neil Gaiman vibe about it. It also feels very welcoming for new readers, feeling very much like its own contained story. The middle of the issue does slow down a bit, but it's well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 17, 2017

    We trust, of course, that we'll get answers in the issues to come, but the series isn't giving us much to go on - I have to think that new readers would struggle to make sense of this. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 16, 2017

    Apart from a surprisingly sluggish middle act, Dark Nights: metal #1 is a terrifically enjoyable read. This issue crams in all the adventure and bombast that was promised, but also makes it clear that Batman is confronting one of the most dire and all-encompassing threats of his career. But for fans of the Snyder/Capullo Batman run, all you really need to know is that the old gang is back together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 16, 2017

    Writer Scott Snyder is staying away from his usual techniques and tropes. Carefully, he avoids the metaphor-laden monologues that often encapsulate his often convoluted main themes. Instead here's a breathtaking world raptured by magic and filled with rock and roll. It's more of a preview for the main event, but it's certainly one hell of an invitation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 19, 2017

    Nine pages were not needed, so the extra two dollars seems unnecessary. When the story begins on 11 things improve considerably, though they're still only setup for what's to be revealed later. Thankfully, the visuals are strong and that makes the extra two bucks seem less painful. Enjoyable, but still nothing is revealed about this Metal story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Aug 17, 2017

    I think that whether you are here for the story, here for the action, or simply here for the nostalgia"you are bound to find something in Snyder's latest tale that speaks to you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Aug 17, 2017

    The star of Metal for my money though is Greg Capullo. While hes famous for his Batman run, Reborn showed off very different fantasy muscles for him, one that he puts to great use in this kickoff issue for Metal. The issue ranges from the prehistoric era, to Gotham, to Blackhawk Island, to Warworld and Capullo gives them all a gritty sheen. Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia also do a fantastic job with inks and colors respectively, as a whole the book is a pitch-perfect translation of what worked for Batman bleeding over into this comic. As far as event comics go, or even just as a comic on its own, Metal is everything Ive wanted from a comic. Adventure, action, the unknown, exploration, theres a great deal to find here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 16, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal is a great event book because it is true to its characters and it's deeper than just its surface "Justice League vs. Evil Batmen" premise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux Sep 2, 2017

    So let's say that Dark Nights: Metal #1 gets it right by creating anticipation rather than exploding in our hands after only three strokes... I mean, three pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 17, 2017

    Snyder's script takes a while to get to what Dark Days set up, but what precedes the furthering of that plot is grin-inducing and it's a treat to see superhero spectacle that feels this polished from a creative team this strong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 18, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #1 is an excellent start to the latest event from DC Comics. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo pack a lot into this first issue that will leave a lot of long time DC fans happy. Newer fans may feel lost with some elements in Dark Nights: Metal #1 but Snyder and Capullo make it clear that they will provide the information readers need to know to keep up as the event continues. The connection to DC's past and future created an aura around Dark Nights: Metal that makes it feel like the most important event for the company. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Aug 16, 2017

    Above all else, Dark Nights: Metal #1 is a story about stories. That's made explicitly clear by the issue's cliffhanger, which left me breathless*. It's a loving look at the DC Universe and the characters whom reside in it. It's an attempt to pull at the countless disparate narrative and thematic threads of DC Comics' 75 year history and weave them together to form something more coherent" to create order from chaos. And it's a story about how trying to wrest control from the arms of the universe can have dire consequences for the world. It's one of the most viscerally exciting comics series to kick off this year and I'm dying to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 18, 2017

    It's in the issue's final four pages that Metal looks and feels like a proper Snyder/Capullo reunion. The borders are black as pitch, the imagery evokes deduction and discovery, and the surprise reveal lands with explosive vigor, even if it feels like it came from left field. (I'd kill to read the DC emails that lead to that page.) It's here that Metal reaches its Frazetta-sized aspirations, not with brutal landscapes or a chop from those axes on Mr. Capullo's variant covers, but by setting a mood of impeding doom. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Aug 17, 2017

    A solid start, providing us with a strong introduction and plenty of plot to start with. This could be the start of a great event comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 16, 2017

    So yeah, Dark Nights: Metal #1 was actually pretty solid. I enjoyed it far more than its preamble issues, and it finally clicked for me. Im fairly interested in whats to come. Feel free to grab this one when you see it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Green Lantern Corps - w-west Aug 16, 2017

    This issue seems a bit familiar. It reminds me of Grant Morrison's The Return of Bruce Wayne. That's a good thing, even if its the same character. Doing the same thing is frowned upon, sure but its the things that Snyder does differently when playing with the history of Bruce Wayne that makes this a lot more interesting than just another potential flashback heavy story. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 16, 2017

    While I do have some problems with some of the characters and shout outs that appear in this comic....... not to mention the cold open that takes up way too much page time in this issue, I do think that there's enough meat to what's going on here to keep the reader interested and looking forward to what's coming with this series.  The art is half decent and we're one step closer to checking out the Dark Multiverse.   Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 16, 2017

    Ill be reading more of Metal in the hopes that it'll get better, but this is a rough start to what should have been an easy home run for DC. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Aug 16, 2017

    Dark Nights - Metal #1, by Batman superstars Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, is the issue that made it clear to me that I am afflicted. I have CBEF Syndrome. If you're unfamiliar with CBEF, it stands for Continuity-Based Event Fatigue. And with its incredibly dense narrative, tons of elements barely sketched out, and huge reliance on readers knowing a ton about everything happening in the Bat-universe and the DCU at large, Dark Nights - Metal #1 brought on a big case of CBEF for me. The result was a first issue that was more irritating than intriguing, though one that held the promise of a compelling concept at its core. In the end, my lack of investment in its mysteries made it more a chore than a pleasure to get through, even if the great art and hints of promise remained. Read Full Review

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