Dark Nights: Metal #4

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 20, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 36 User Reviews: 75
8.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The Justice League has been broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone...and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good!

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Dec 20, 2017

    This was an excellent read, and it got better with each read-through. I had a blast with this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Indiana "Indy" Marlow Dec 20, 2017

    It doesn't feel like a throwaway money grabber that certain other companies churn out every few months. Metal pays attention to its characters, goes into detail about the impact on the universe as a whole and builds you up on the hype train to the incredible grand finale that's coming in a few months. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Chris Showalter Mar 18, 2018

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have constructed a meta-cognitive masterpiece surrounding fear, darkness, light and dreams that requires multiple readings. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 22, 2017

    Comics events like Metal must be a nightmare to write, draw and co-ordinate. I must tip my hat to the fine creators of this book for making it easy to follow, exciting to be a part of and, most of all, fun to read. Metal #4 evoked the same kind of feelings in me that reading Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" stories as a child did, and that seeing Star Wars on the big screen did back in '77 (and again last week). It was an escape to another world, but to one where family is still the thing that fills the heroes with hope" and with wonder. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Dec 22, 2017

    The sheer fun that Snyder and company are having creating this comic is completely infectious. You can help but just feel like they are making this book in front of your eyes. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    CourtOfNerds - Grant Stoye Dec 20, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal 4 continues a strong run for the series, making good use of its allotted pages to keep introducing elements of the story. The only thing I could remotely nitpick on is that theres not as much action as one would hope, but with all the ground it covers its completely excusable. And lastly, this particular issue gave voice to parts of Batman that are often drowned in darkness: Hope and Wonder. What a great gift for the holidays. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Dec 20, 2017

    Batman and Superman are old, old friends. They've faced the end of the world before; they've faced the end of the Universe before. But they haven't faced the nightmares concocted by Scott Snyder. The Batman Who Laughs leads Barbatos' forces as they wreak havoc across the world. In another realm, our own Batman tries his best to find his way home so he can do something about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 20, 2017

    Metal #4 continues delivering the crazy, over the top mayhem this series has promised since the first page of the first issue. Grab this issue and have no worries of being disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Dec 26, 2017

    Dark Nights Metal #4 is another killer issue and the creative team really capture this twisted reality perfectly, not to mention the characters of this diverse and thoroughly interesting universe (s). Dark Nights Metal #4 gets our pick of the week! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Dec 20, 2017

    Out of the Dark Multiverse and into the Dreaming! Snyder and Capullo continue to expand their epic Metal saga while expanding the DCU as a whole! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 21, 2017

    In this issue, we're past the halfway point of the story and need to start bringing our characters to the places they'll end up for their final showdowns as the stakes continue to raise with every new character introduction. I'm just hoping we can get the necessary closure in 44 pages of story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Dec 29, 2017

    All hope seems lost, and even though we're far from over, Snyder gives us that glimmer of hope, that small sense that all is not gone, that the heroes will win. It's a wonderful issue, with some odd choices from the pantheon of DC villains, but they don't distract much. We get a glimpse into how the rest of the DC Universe is handling the crisis on Earth and we get a lot more from Dream! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Josh West Dec 20, 2017

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo advance the year's most insane DC Comics story with another unpredictable and thrilling entry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Dec 20, 2017

    Its not perfect, but it's pretty close. Scott Snyder once again brings in the surprises, crazy moments, and a mythology-enriched storyline. There's plenty to like here, and I believe a lot of fans will find something specific they love about. It's vast and large in scope, but it's continues to feel personal yet epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 20, 2017

    While we don't get a lot of answers, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give readers a fun issue full of great setup and fantastic art.  The delays have not helped the hype of this Event, but now that it's finally back, I am full on excited again! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 19, 2017

    Another engaging chapter to a story that is both changing the DC universe in many ways while also reminding readers about what they love about the DC universe as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 20, 2017

    With all my praise for how new challenges are introduced it does have me concerned as Metal is coming close to the conclusion and it does feel that Scott Snyder may be introducing too many big concepts, too late in the stage. One criticism of a lot of events is that writers focus on set-up that the conclusion is often weak and I hope that this isn’t the case. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 20, 2017

    Metal so far has proven itself to be a fun event, and no matter what grows out of it, I feel that will likely be its greatest legacy. Theres a lot of love flowing into these pages from Snyder and Capullo; Glapion, Plascencia, and Wands; and clearly from editors Rebecca Taylor and Dave Wielgosz as well. The moving parts in an epic like this are pretty substantial, but no one on board has forgotten to have a good time along the way. And that attitude is stunningly contagious. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Dec 20, 2017

    Its not perfect, but it's pretty close. Scott Snyder once again brings in the surprises, crazy moments, and a mythology-enriched storyline. There's plenty to like here, and I believe a lot of fans will find something specific they love about. It's vast and large in scope, but it's continues to feel personal yet epic. Some small nitpicks like some clunky exposition and convoluted parts get beaten by the things that are great. The next two issues will have a hard job of finishing off this mini series, and it will likely determine if this is Snyder and Cappulo's best work yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Dec 28, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal is overly ambitious but well worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 20, 2017

    As we head into the final act of this event, it's taken a turn that I think long-time DC fans will be very pleased with. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Dec 25, 2017

    In reply to Green Lanterns metatextual statement, Mr. Terrific opines [I]f Ive learned anything its that every cosmic answer leads to another question. Instead of feeling bigger, real science makes us feel smaller. And thats a good thing. The genius of Metal #4 is that Snyder knows theres a thin divide between cosmic wonder and cosmic horror, between awe and awful, between dream and nightmare, between textual and metatextual. And then he burns down that divide to ashes. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Dec 25, 2017

    In summary, the Dark Nights metal series is near the story's end. Overall the storyline has been solid for most of the series though at times slow the story's pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Dec 21, 2017

    This comic is as Snyder promised an anti-crisis crisis. The callbacks and references are appreciated though. There is even name drops to the anti-monitor who was so pivotal in DC's crisis. But this series while at heart is a batman story has an impressively massive scope. The stakes are huge and so is the tension. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 20, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #4 moves the goal posts of playing field to take in a full scope of the DC Universe, and while it does loose track of some elements for now, it does show its true heart in the process. From here, the series can only get stronger as the heroes make their final plays to saving the day. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 20, 2017

    Some crossovers are decompressed and drawn-out. Metal is not one of those books. At times it suffers from the exact opposite problem, as it crams in more story and world-building than these individual issues can really handle. Even so, Metal remains a wonderfully ambitious and exciting read, one that only grows bigger and more varied with each new issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 23, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #4 was another great issue of DC's latest event. Scott Snyder added to the overall story by adding more context into who Barbatos is. The adventures Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Aquaman go on further added to how epic the scope of Snyder's is. Add in all the detail Capullo gives the things going on in each panel only furthers the fact that Dark Nights: Metal is a must read event for DC Comics fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Dec 24, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #4may not be quite as exciting as the previous issues, but its a nice chapter that gives some breathing room for the readers and isn't too heavy on the exposition. Snyder balances the expositional scenes well with the character development and story while Capullo illustrates some excellent imagery with Plascencia's vibrant colours. With the ideas and the cliffhanger presented, its exciting to think of what awaits the heroes and readers in the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 20, 2017

    There's lots of great here and visuals and pacing are fantastic as usual. The issue is that it picks a bit from DC Universe history that if you're not completely familiar, you feel like you're missing out. The impact isn't as great. It's cool visuals, but the depth isn't there. The concepts shine though delivering an entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 20, 2017

    Cynically, this series is mainly about creating new books to spin out of it. I don't really have a problem with that; comic companies have been doing that for years and we are still hooked enough to buy them. I just hope that when the dust settles and when the DC universe is back to normal, (sorry guys it will be, the tie-in books have already reverted to their regular scheduled programming, with only Teen Titans showing any sort of nod to these events), that we have been given a great story in its own right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Dec 20, 2017

    It took a moment to get back into the mode for the series, but overall it was a great, action-packed issue that moved the story forward nicely. I loved the appearance of Black Adam and really look forward to seeing how the series wraps up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Dec 22, 2017

    While this issue is very heavy on exposition and gets rather convoluted at times, it's still a fun read with some nice references to heavy metal music and bands. However, at this point in the series, I can't help but wonder if 6 issues is really enough (tie-ins notwithstanding), as it seems Snyder's cramming an enormous cosmic epic into a mini-series. As a result, you have to pay close attention as to what's going on, because a lot is going on at the same time. The art makes up for it, though, as it's bright and gorgeous and cinematic"you will not be disappointed in Capullo & co. That said, Snyder still manages to find a way to tell his story effectively with the limited page count at his disposal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Dec 20, 2017

    For every element in the opening of the comic book that holds it back, Dark Nights: Metal #4 closes with something grand enough and unexpected enough to pull readers back in. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 22, 2017

    Dark Nights: Metal #4 isnt a bad issue, and it give some intriguing new angles to the plot. Plus, the artistic team is still quite good. However, it doesnt advance much, and it is, overall, a little underwhelming. I can recommend it to those who have been following this story (which I would imagine is the vast majority of people who would buy it anyway), but it isnt as exciting or gripping as the previous three issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Brian Clements Dec 20, 2017

    I want to see where this is going, but I am concerned that the two remaining issues just won't be enough space to tell the story that they've set up. I hope I'm wrong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Dec 20, 2017

    Dark Knights: Metal is a crazy big anime without the page space. It's trying to cram the big reveals and betrayals in the entirety of Hunter x Hunter into five or six issues, and it just doesn't work. Read Full Review

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