Comic Book Review: Dark Nights: Metal #2

Title: Dark Nights: Metal (2017-) #2
Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Publication Date: September 13, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. When the World’s Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine, will Earth’s heroes be ready?”
Story:

Dark Nights: Metal #2 begins with yet another entry from Carter Hall’s journal which talks about the beginning of the great multiverse and an ancient scientist, Krona, who devised a machine capable of peering into the very core of existence. Underneath this, the search for Batman is on and it is epic. Ultimately, the Justice League chases a bunch of Batmans (Batmen?) through a swamp, and as one would have guessed it, the real Batman, despite the League’s best efforts, manages to slip away. From here, we readers are bounced around some until finally, Scott Snyder hits us with one hell of Holy Shit moment that closes the book.

This epic story is progressing forward in an impressive manner. With each issue, the plot thickens, the stakes are raised, and somehow, new questions are formed. In other words, at this point, the story is perfect.

Writing:

What can I say? Scott Snyder is a master storyteller. Every word of this script is effective in that it progresses the story while also adding insight. While the big picture—the story; concept—is amazing, Snyder’s panel to panel writing is also worthy of praise. Batman speaks and thinks like Batman, Superman speaks and thinks like Superman. Snyder not only knows how to craft a sentence, he’s done his homework—everything works, everything makes sense. I for one, cannot get enough.

Art:

What can I say? Greg Capullo is a legend in this industry. Each and every one of his panels is brimming with life and emotion and the kind of detail that readers crave. Sure, Capullo has a lot of material to work with thanks to Snyder’s script, but he does more than accent the story with illustrations that work—Capullo creates an immersive environment that consumes readers.

Also, take some time to appreciate the epic two-page spread that appears just prior to the end of the book. It’s probably the most beautiful yet most horrible scene I’ve seen in a while. What I would give to hang that print on my wall…

The Bottom Line:

Saying that Dark Nights: Metal #2 is a must-read is like saying that a hydrogen bomb has the potential to do some damage. Each page is amazing for its own reason, and I cannot recommend that you run out and buy this book strongly enough.