Dark Nights: Metal #5

Event\Storyline: Dark Knights: Metal Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 42
8.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

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The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness-somewhere. But...what if there's not?  

  • 10
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Feb 1, 2018

    For a book that is so full of action beats, Snyder and Capullo give some great emotional beats that let you feel what the characters are going through, whether its sharing in their despair or fist pumping at some of the book's best moments. Its certainly a great issue that sets up the double-sized finale very well. Fans of the DC universe and out-of-the-box stories will not be disappointed by what this team has delivered in this penultimate issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jan 31, 2018

    In this review I purposely did want to leave a lot of specific details out, so that you pick up the issue as it is a really good issue. One criticism I would say is that although Capullo’s art is good for the most part, I do think there does need to be more detail in his background characters. I feel Metal has been strong overall from start to finish and I am really hoping that it doesn’t fumble that near the end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 2, 2018

    There is no doubt that we're reading comics history in these pages. The Batman Who Laughs is one of the most terryfing villains ever to grace the pages of a comic-book. I truly hope that this isn't the last time we see him, or his dark universe cohorts. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 30, 2018

    An amazing story that moves with great pace showcasing amazing art that is visually stunning to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 7, 2018

    Leaving a wake of epic fan moment after epic fan moment, making room for love from new and old reader alike, Dark Nights: Metal is the prime example of a great event. With two more issue remaining and a whole host of titles to come following it's conclusion, this is only the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 31, 2018

    The darkness isnt over yet for the Justice League as Snyder and Capullo still have some screws to twist. The situation definitely seems at its darkest place now, which will make the eventual turning of the tide all the sweeter. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jan 31, 2018

    With Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt buffering the wait until Dark Nights: Metal #6, theres plenty more innovative zaniness to look forward to, especially since The Wild Hunt brings Grant Morrison in to tinker with these characters and settings. Dark Nights: Metal #5 is a wonderful not-quite-penultimate chapter that gives readers a whole lot of hope, but even more to look forward to, as certain apparent promises are still just over the horizon. Ive enjoyed the heck out of this run, and this issue is the most enjoyable yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Jan 31, 2018

    The Dark Multiverse is closing in on our heroes! Hope continues to dwindle as we crawl close to the end of the METAL series. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Feb 1, 2018

    The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness"somewhere. But"what if there's not? Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Feb 1, 2018

    Overall,Dark Nights: Metal #5 is a strong issue that presents the ultimate conflict that will surely be the focus of a grand finale with long-lasting consequences. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jan 31, 2018

    Without a doubt, DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 begins to bring this fun, epic and heavy piece of storytelling to a tense crescendo that leaves you waiting for a huge end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 31, 2018

    We are getting near the end of our story and while Scott Snyder has a lot to tie up in a few issues, this one was a lot of fun...in a messed up way.  Things don't look good for our heroes, but a line has been drawn in the sand and the issue ends with a battle royale of epic proportions.  Greg Capullo's art is great and I can't wait to see if Snyder can wrap all of this up in style. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 1, 2018

    Dark Nights: Metal #5 may very well be the most exciting issue of the series. Its story is gripping, its characters are engaging, and the art is darkly beautiful. This one gets a strong recommendation, and you should give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 29, 2018

    Just when I thought that the situation couldn't get any worse or more dreadful or dire for our heroes, Scott Snyder and co. come along with Dark Nights: Metal #5 and redefine the meaning of 'hopeless.' Set against a backdrop of fire and lightning and abysmal darkness, Dark Nights: Metal #5 proves to be one of the strongest books in the series as it provides an electrifying reading experience that is sure to rock readers to their core. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Feb 5, 2018

    The art by Greg Capullo is as excellent as ever, with the artwork in this issue highlighting the title of METAL more than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Feb 10, 2018

    Dark Night Metal #5 reprises the various Batmans who have to turn themselves into these demonic creatures for the benefit of Barbatos conquest. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 31, 2018

    There's not much more to go and I have no idea how this is ending. The issue is solid in playing with the reader's emotions and when you think things are turning for the better, you get knocked back down. It's an emotional roller coaster with intelligent plotting that uses the various storylines to enhance each other and toy with those ups and downs. Another solid addition to the event series. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 31, 2018

    Where some previous chapters of Dark Nights: Metal became overburdened by exposition and setup, the series is able to build a greater sense of momentum in its penultimate issue. Metal #5 stacks the odds even further against the Justice League even as it celebrates the true scope of this shared universe. Perhaps this is one event that will reach its pinnacle at the very end? Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Jan 31, 2018

    All in all, Dark Nights Metal #5 was a fun read and as everything is almost lost for the reality we know as the DCU, there is still a spark waiting to be ignited. Furthermore, there was some great dialogue in the issue and Sydner and Capullo successfully create an epic tale that is backed with some glorious art. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 1, 2018

    Dark Nights: Metal #5 continues the trend started with the beginning of the event with Scott Snyder making sure he pushes our heroes to their breaking point. With the Justice League split off in various directions Snyder was able to focus just enough time on each character left standing in this conflict. That time spent is maximize to such a degree that as a reader you come away even more excited for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Feb 1, 2018

    A while back when I reviewed Batman: Lost #1, I said that Scott Snyder always finds a way to make a story into a horror story, which has been true of Metal as a whole from the beginning. And the reason why this approach is so effective is because it sets up issues like Metal #5, when all the fear and pain of the story so far heightens the impact of seeing our heroes face it head-on and reject it. It makes for stirring storytelling, and it sets us up for a monster finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 2, 2018

    Metal #5 is epic. I think that, in previous episodes, Scott Snyder is trying to cover too much story within the limited page count that he has, and as such the issues felt like they were crumbling under their own weight. This issue, however, is much more focused and I was able to perceive a clear structure that I interpreted as a song structure, which, for me as a musician, was very entertaining to read. Despite still having some issues with characterization (in particular Hal Jordan) and some plot holes that are much too convenient for me, I think that this issue overall is well worth your time. Seriously, if this creative team was a heavy metal band, they would blow your roof off. Get this comic. It has so much energy inside of it that the action just leaps off the pages! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Jan 31, 2018

    Everything ramps up as we hit the climax of the story. I'm definitely excited to see how this one ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Brian Clements Jan 31, 2018

    I really dig what has been going on in the Metal line, but I'm afraid of the ending being a letdown. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Feb 7, 2018

    Its your standard set-up piece, designed to get everything in motion for the grand finale. But unfortunately, its nothing more than that. No real revelations, no real shock, nothing that weve come to expect from the Metal series. Its a good book, but if youve been a big fan of the rest of the series, you might find yourself wondering is that it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Feb 5, 2018

    Though there are some oddities in the artwork, "Dark Nights: Metal" #5 does a good job of following up the preceding issue while answering some lingering questions before the coming finale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 31, 2018

    Several months and almost 20 issues into this event, Snyder has certainly kept the wheels of hopelessness spinning for what’s left of our heroes. As the second act of this potentially universe-changing saga comes to a close, there is a battle cry that heralds a sweeping finale. Yet having only moved inches since the end of the fourth issue, we’re left wondering how the light can possibly find its way back into the multiverse after all this darkness has permeated its shiniest of beacons. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Jan 31, 2018

    This has been a fun mini-series to this point, but I'm actually ready for it to end. Perhaps it's due to some of the issues being shipped late or perhaps the story is being stretched out too much, but it's beginning to feel as if it's been going on too long. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Jan 31, 2018

    This series has been, at least in my mind, one of the most inconsistentseries I have seen in a while. Initial set ups that held the glimmer of something special are revealed to be inconvenient steps to the lure of delivering a big story, with big action, with the greatest flaw of all being a vigilante created by the murder of his parents, who had previously sworn an oath against the cowardly and superstitious lot even being aware of the grander schemes of dark demi-gods to begin with! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 2, 2018

    It just feels like a weak attempt to merge comics with heavy metal music, and it's just a bad fit. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 31, 2018

    It's good as far as art for arts's sake goes but this series has become empty calories as far as I'm concerned. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    daddyT Jan 31, 2018

    putrid art and maybe the seeds of a decent WW story surrounded by bits and pieces of a writer just flailing away at trying to be impressive. ever seen one of those museum art pieces where the artist just flung paint onto a canvas and made money? this is like that. maybe I'm just not cultured enough.

  • 8.0
    Bleemak Jan 31, 2018

    Tha was good. Not amazing, but pretty good. But with Wild Hunt and #6 only left, I hope the ending won't be abrupt, like big events usually have.

    +The art is amazing
    +Writing is solid
    +Wonder Woman

    -I feel like Snyder has too many characters and not enough pages to write about them.
    -Supes and Bats don't go anywhere
    -With only 2 issues left, how will they end this in a good way?

  • 8.5
    Troy Jan 31, 2018

    Things are looking very dark for the JL in this issue. So much happened and made up for the slightly disappointing #4. The art by Capullo felt less rushed this time and his dark army was very fun to look through.

    If I had one small complaint that keeps it from a 10... the humour doesn't always land. Though I absolutely love Deathstroke's terrible, terrible puns.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jan 31, 2018

    How will they end it in only two issues?? It's been really great so far, one of the best events in a long time, and I really don't want to see it end abruptly.

  • 8.5
    bucswin611 Jan 31, 2018

    Somehow grim and fun at the same time. This story is BIG and it's great to see our heroes pushed to their limited. Capullo's art always brings me back to the New 52 days, even if this issue hasn't been his strongest of the series. Still, there are memorable images throughout!

  • 7.5
    Supes' soups Jan 31, 2018

    For a penultimate issue in this event, I'm shocked at how after reading it, it just feels like Snyder is spinning his wheels but going nowhere. Other than a cameo by Martian Manhunter and some Dark Wonder Women, nothing in this issue felt that exciting. Also I read Capullo and Millar's Reborn mini-series, and it has way too many similarities. We also still don't know sh%t about Barbatos even though he's supposed to be the guy pulling all the strings. Issue 6 better be a whopper or this event really fizzled out. I will say that almost all the one-shots tied to Metal have been excellent and almost a better read than the main event due to solid character development.

  • 5.5
    danielannam Jan 31, 2018

    I liked the series a bit at first, but the writing just seems to be getting more and more lazy. There's too much detail in the dialogue, so much so that, instead of complementing the actions (drawing style and overall visual art) of the characters, it just overwhelms the whole thing. The story's explanations are too explicit, in that they tell you everything that's happening, instead of letting you see it for yourself. It's writing like a novel instead of a *graphic* novel.
    The whole Dark Multiverse concept never really did it for me, but I was curious to see how they'd handle it. I'm still not too much of a fan, but it's pretty cool, I guess.

    This issue also added very little to the story. There was almost no progression in the plot, which made it all the more a frustrating read; no reward after the ordeal. It was almost like a filler book. I did not like this book at all.

  • 3.0
    KFuqua Feb 1, 2018

    I am just not a fan of this series and this issue is no different. I know that's not the expected response, but it's my opinion. I think this "event" has been a real mess and that Snyder is trying to do a Grant Morrison impression, which is never a good thing.

  • 9.5
    PaulB1212 Feb 3, 2018

    I loved the way WW face was drawn in this issue. Her eyes were expressive and determined. I enjoyed the action scenes and am looking forward to the next issue.

  • 9.5
    Ellrick Feb 6, 2018

    Penultimate issue did what it should in turning out all the lights, trying to slowly suck all the hope or certainty out of the conclusion, before ending on an impossibly down note.

    I think it was a fun read, with badass moments, and the occasional sensation of dragging feet, that sets the stage perfectly for an ending that feels like an impossible task.

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB Feb 1, 2018

    Probably the best issue of Metal yet. The art remains great and the story was awesome.

  • 8.0
    FrenchLover Jan 31, 2018

    Not too bad - Not too good

  • 8.0
    The bad who Feb 1, 2018

    As much as the whole event was great and fresh when it was at its peak, it now feels like the long run isn't doing any service to the story. It looks like Snyder wanted to feature every single character of the DC universe in it and now realizes that it happened, but while putting the sotry progression on the back burner with only one issue left. I find it hard to imagine how all of this will be resolved in one single issue and I fear it will ultimately fall flat just like other events in the comic book world. This being said, it's stil a good book. The art is gorgeous and Capullo is firing on all cylinders and feels at home in the grotesque and absurd. It's also much more frantic and fast paced than #4 which was very text heavy. With the news about Snyder doing the JL soon, it's a nice preview of what he could do to put some life back into a series that is dying the the minutes. The finale better be as epic as advertise because there is a LOT of work to be done for the Justice League!

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Jan 31, 2018

    Belongs entirely to Wonder Woman, and is slightly less desolate, but I think this series needed to be shorter.

  • 7.5
    RaisingBlack Feb 15, 2018

    Ok hear me out. Issue 5 of this event is fine. If you are a DC comic fan this is really an event for you because it is basically an ongoing word vomit of all of Scott Snyders knowledge on the DC universe. The plot has been the same for the last few issues. DC heroes try. DC heroes are foiled by the Batman who laughs who has anticipated everything. We see a glimmer of hope but the darkness keeps them on the run. Insert a few obscure references to things and some interesting backstory on characters like Hawkman and others.

    If you are anything less then a huge lover of all things DC this event is really boring and it will not make you one. I am not sure what is going on with DC editorial but they are making a lot of marvel like calls that no one is calling them out on.

    They are doing a lot of back to back events. Events set after each other and start and end before the other. Remember Doomsday Clock? That is stil a thing. We also have teased the Justice league's book reboot. So we know we all make it. Not to mention Doomsday Clock has been toned way down since all the hype. Even this event is stringing on pretty long for most of the tie ins being the same plot over and over again.

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