Series: Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-)
Words: Scott “ Hallowed Be Thy Name” Snyder
Art: Greg “Painkiller” Capullo
Inks: Jonathan “Motorbreath” Glapion
Colors: FCO “Fixxxer” Plascencia
Letters: Tom “Mr. Nice Guy” Napolitano
Published: June 16, 2020
Summary: Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!
“It comes from the depths, of a place unknown to the Keeper of Dreams. If it could, then it would, steal the sun and the moon from the sky. Beware.”
—“Spirit Crusher” by Death
The DC Comics multiverse is chockfull of strange and interesting places where anything and everything is possible; some of these spaces teem with life while others are riddled with death and despair. In 2017, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo introduced readers to the Dark Multiverse and the Batman Who Laughs, loosening an evil, unlike any that’s been seen, that left the DCU, and its occupants, broken, beaten, and scarred. Dark Nights: Metal was an intense, balls-to-the-wall event that reshaped the DCU. Now, Snyder and Capullo are back to continue this Dark Nights saga with Death Metal.
Now that the good guys have lost (check out Snyder’s Justice League run), the scorched remains of the DCU have become immersed in darkness; here, the Batman Who Laughs, sitting high in Castle Bat, is king. Wonder Woman, and other members of the Justice League, hold on to a fleeting glimmer of hope that someone will rise and lead them in a new fight against the darkness, while they writhe beneath their ruler’s heel. Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1 sees the emergence of the hero/heroes who will lead the fight against the Batman Who Laughs in an attempt to restore the DCU to order.
Snyder’s script, here in Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1, is masterful; not only does he bring readers up to speed, but he also sets into motion a chain of events that get this story moving at an impressive pace. The hellscape where this tale takes place feels as authentic as the broken-backed heroes that occupy it, as Greg Capullo’s illustrations are packed with brutal detail that bring this story to life; readers can practically smell the scorched earth…
Having listened to all varieties of Metal music and playing guitar for more years, now, than I haven’t, I am confident in saying that Snyder and Capullo have successfully captured the aesthetic that they’ve been aiming for all along. There’s a lot going on in this issue, but that’s the point; Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1 offer readers good reason to revisit the book, over and over, again. It’s already been made clear that there are going to be quite a few stories/series that fall under the Death Metal umbrella; Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1 serves as an epic introduction to all of them.
Chainsaws, necromancy, and leather…a lot of leather…Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-) #1 is an epic first chapter in what promises to be another hard-hitting, universe-shaping event from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This is as Metal as it gets, folks; dime the volume and prepare to be Killed By Death (Metal).