Dark Nights: Metal #3

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 11, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 75
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

  • 10
    WhatCulture - Ewan Paterson Oct 12, 2017

    It's been made abundantly clear these past few years that Snyder and frequent collaborator Greg Capullo are the team to beat when it comes to the Dark Knight. If anything, Metal has finally given them the space to flex all their creative muscles into this brilliant, Bat-tastic bonanza that fundamentally rewrites the genetic makeup of the DC Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Oct 11, 2017

    This series is only getting better ladies and gentlemen. I know it's hard to believe, but Dark Nights: Metal #3 is the best book of the event so far and showcases some of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's greatest work. An absolute must-read for DC fans! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 11, 2017

    As his been the case with every issue so far theres this sense of disappointment in the last few pages. Not with the story, but the sense that its going to be another extremely long 60 days before the next jolt of Metal-infused excitement. Especially with this latest gut-wrenching cliffhanger. Theres not a trace of rust on this series as Metal continues to shine brightly. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Oct 11, 2017

    Dark Nights Metal #3 was my favourite comic of the week and although it's a two month wait until Metal #4, Batman: Lost! will provide a very adequate filler until the next instalment of this crazy adventure into the Dark Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Oct 10, 2017

    The descent into darkness truly seems to begin in this issue and the writing and art reflect the fact that things are getting worse for the heroes involved, while at the same time conveying some possible hope. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    On Comics Ground - Scott Shuken Oct 11, 2017

    It's an emotional roller coaster full of plot that makes you wonder how this issue doesn't have twice as many pages as it does. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Oct 11, 2017

    After a lot of stellar tie ins, Dark Nights Metal comes back for another twist induced issue that satisfies on just about every level and takes it in some unexpected places. The story gets crazier an crazier in direct proportion to its quality. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Oct 11, 2017

    Scott Snyder's writing shines once again in DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3, the latest installment in the Dark Multiverse event. With the phenomenal, creepy, yet powerful artwork by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia, this issue is another fabulous entry in this series despite some plot struggles. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Oct 11, 2017

    Metal continues to blow me away with its complexity. Like the music its inspired from, it can be mindless, loud, and in your face, but its layered and has emotional depth to it that can be peeled back and examined. Also, much like the music, its not for everyone. Its all comic book, and that can be off putting to some. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Oct 11, 2017

    Well, we have hit the mid-point of the main story of DC's major event, Dark Nights Metal, and Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia really hit their stride with the series and the stakes for the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Oct 12, 2017

    Overall, thanks to some stunning art from Greg Capullo and some fantastic world building and setting up of the story by Scott Snyder (not to mention the rest of the brilliant team behind the event) Dark Nights Metal #3 is the strongest issue of the series yet, and with us being only 3 issues in, you could tell that we are in for a wild ride. It will certainly be interesting to see how the rest of the event turns out, especially with the shocking ending of issue 3, which I strongly recommend reading this issue if you want to find out. – Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Psychodad Oct 25, 2017

    With Metal #3, DC does what it does best once again. Sure, anybody whos read comics long enough know that things will work out in the end. And especially with DC, its unlikely that any major characters will die. But Snyder still manages to convince the reader that all hope is lost. You forget that this isnt some horrible alternate reality and believe that the heroes you know and love are in serious danger. Its like watching a horror movie. Its scary. And you believe that anybody can and will die. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Oct 12, 2017

    Dark Nights: #3 is another compelling chapter in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's big DC Universe event. Snyder does not hold back in how he has pushed the Justice League and other DCU heroes into a corner. Through all the chaos that the Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse have created Snyder is able to maintain a sense that our heroes have not given up on saving the DCU. That makes what happens next with what the Dark Knights were able to accomplish by the end of this issue even more highly anticipated. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Oct 17, 2017

    With three issues in,Dark Nights: Metalhas shaped up to be one of DC's most memorable events in years. Snyder's work with the characters is great as he branches out beyond the normal Bat-family and Capullo takes full advantage of playing with other characters. The exploration of light vs dark, both in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, is also one of the intriguing aspects about this story. It may be dark and creepy, butDark Nights: Metalis a whole lot of ‘fun'. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Oct 11, 2017

    This issue is something of a return to form, after the debacle that is Batmanium. It seems that all of us, not just Superman, needs to have faith. This issue may well be that start of having that faith repaid. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 11, 2017

    I am really enjoying Metal and this issue is no exception.  Scott Snyder gives us more rules of the Dark Multiverse and the horrors that have emerged from it while also making the tie-ins feel important.  Overall, however, his story and Greg Capullo's art just have me excited to see where it all goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Oct 15, 2017

    Fighting the mind of Bruce Wayne is tough enough, but to fight seven of them is like playing chess against someone a hundred moves ahead of you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Oct 23, 2017

    Snyder is writing a Batman/Justice League/ DCuniverse event which makes s a pretty heady task. So far he is up to the challenge, this series draws from a lot of sources. In this issue there are some nice nods to The Dark Knight Returns, the Crisis and other recognizable watershed moments in DC history. Also where I found the first couple of issues overly complex and complicated it seems as the title progresses Snyder is providing the readers some clarity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Brian Clements Oct 11, 2017

    Things do not end well. It seems they never will again. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 12, 2017

    Multiversal Batmen at war with one another may seem like a story in the mind a child smashing action figures together, but Snyder, per usual, has found a way to strike the perfect balance between satisfying the rule of cool and respecting the readers intelligence. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 11, 2017

    The issue isn't quite as strong as the first two but it ends the first arc in a way and sets our heroes and villains off in interesting directions. What it especially does is sucks out the hope that has expanded through Rebirth and made the situation seem more desperate. The comic event lives up to its name, it exudes “metal” and rock and roll in many ways. Most importantly, it has me excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Oct 13, 2017

    This was still a solid issue. It didnt have me as perpetually excited as Metal #2, but it is still really good. I recommend it and look forward to the next issuewhich is two months for some reason. Hopefully the admittedly excellent one-shots will hold me off until then. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Oct 11, 2017

    Another great issue in the Dark Nights: Metal event. This issue advances the story nicely and leaves you asking more questions that you don't dare miss the answers to. It's unfortunate that we have to wait 2 months to see where this goes, but, again, we at least have the tie-ins to keep us busy until then. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Oct 11, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #3, in the overarching story, is another fine addition. The heavy exposition, while needed for readers who may not be reading all the one-shots and tie-ins, slows down the pacing of the story. I'm hoping that issue four takes a cue from the extended stories in the event"they have found a great way to solve their pacing issues the last few weeks. And while we have to wait over two months for the next issue, there will be plenty of other one-shots and tie-ins to keep us busy; including Batman Lost #1"the story of Batman in the Dark Multiverse! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Will Morin Oct 12, 2017

    While Snyder is a unique voice in comics, its tough to bring your all as a scribe to an event this far-reaching. Instead, DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 continues a narrative that is compelling if you already dig the formula. Capullos signature visual style, which bridges the gap between retro and contemporary vibes, is the real draw here. The story doesnt break any barriers or cross any lines that werent already crossed 20-some-odd years ago, but it definitely isnt one you should sleep on either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Oct 11, 2017

    Scott Snyder knows how to keep the reader reading. His pages mix DC history with modern sensibilities. This event may have more players than his usual works, but he places them well. The story he's crafted is a little complicated, a little slow. However, Snyder's operatic approach to storytelling can have imaginative roads and paths. Making minor bumps easily forgivable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 11, 2017

    You can't fault Dark Nights: Metal for its scope and ambition. This is every bit as epic a story as fans were promised, and the stakes only continue to grow more dire in this issue as the Dark Knights run amok in the DCU. Unfortunately, this issue seems prone to biting off more than it can chew, resorting in a number of exposition-driven sequences that slow down an otherwise exciting storyline. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Frida Kernen Oct 12, 2017

    If this issue was a song, it would be an enjoyable but slightly dragging heavy metal number performed by a classic but still innovative band. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Oct 11, 2017

    I dont know if Dark Knights: Metal is good. Id wager it isnt, but when I think of all my favorite bad anime, I really never want to call them bad. There is always something there, something fun and wonderful and wholesome that keeps my attention despite the nonsense. That is this comic. It is pure, pure nonsense and spectacle, and I guess thats pretty cool. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Oct 23, 2017

    While we all know things will ultimately revert back to "normal" - this is one of the Big Two after all - the journey makes reading this event worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Oct 11, 2017

    In conclusion Dark Knights Metal #3 is not a bad issue, but a necessary one. The book although slowed down in pace does have cool cameos by Detective Chimp and Nightmaster, and is still a really solid event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Oct 11, 2017

    While the pace slows to a crawl, this comic is still a kick to read and it promises even more intense things to come in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 12, 2017

    Metal is still a fun read, but it feels like it needs to start kicking out the jams soon. It feels like we might finally be getting past all the setup we need to let the fun concept at the center of Snyder and Capullo’s story loose. Capullo, in particular, doesn’t work as well when his already thin linework is overwhelmed by text. Hopefully, Snyder can ease back a little and let him do his thing. All the pieces are in place - the Dark Knights all look really cool, the idea of a Dark Multiverse is the kind of “pop” premise that we’ve come to expect from Snyder and the stakes seem to be very high. Now we just need to get to the chorus. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Oct 12, 2017

    Metal still feels too stop-and-start to really feel like a rush, but the baseline tempo is underlying and keeping it humming along. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 12, 2017

    The art and story are skillful and disturbing, and if you like this sort of thing more than I do, here it is. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Oct 12, 2017

    This is a seriously ambitious undertaking that Snyder has decided to embark upon, and I honestly want to see it succeed, but that doesn't mean I'm going to hold back when it starts to collapse under the weight of it all. Throughout the course of this story I found myself bored, unconcerned, vaguely offended, underwhelmed, uninterested, and left with far too many questions. And not the good kind that keep you coming back for more, but the bad kind that stem from far too much time spent by the author trying to be clever and not enough spent to make sure things track. Here's keeping my fingers crossed that the next installment of Metal has more going for it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Oct 12, 2017

    It's been an interesting start, and I always love the idea of introducing new levels to the DC Multiverse. But I'm jumping off this train now, and hitching my wagon to the upcoming DOOMSDAY CLOCK series starting next month, with higher hopes. Read Full Review

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