Issue: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses (2020-) #1
Published: December 29, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: What would it take to get every being left in the Multiverse to side together in the ultimate, final showdown? Total decimation and the complete undoing of all existence? The Batman Who Laughs has made his final move, bringing the most horrifying opposition to the battleground, and now every hero and villain left alive will stand and fight together. This epic battle book details every side of the last war across the Multiverse-Wonder Woman leading the heroes, Superman leading the villains, and Batman leading the dead-everyone has to play their part. Everyone and everything is at stake…so join here for the last of the DCU as we know it!
“You see what I mean? You know war better than most, Diana… Hope on the battlefield can be a killer. Gaze upon the reality of this last war…and tell me what you see…”
While the newly golden-clad Wonder Woman takes on the Batman Who Laughs in what promises to be the battle to end the war for the multiverse, her superpowered cohorts face their own opponents in a series of short, collected stories.
True to the mixed bag model popularized by anthology issues, some of the tales included in the Dark Nights: Death Metal the Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1 (say that ten times, fast) midsection interlude work better than others. Providing something for every type of reader, rather than everything for one type of reader has become commonplace in issues like this one, and although I typically end up walking away from collections like this with one or two stories I’ll recommend to others, I’m fine with the approach and appreciate the wide-spanning appeal these books offer readers.
Marguerite Bennett’s (with artist Inaki Miranda, colorist Eva De La Cruz, and letterer Carlos M. Mangual) Penguin-centered story “Apicus” and Matthew Rosenberg’s (with artist Rob Guillory, colorist Marissa Louise, and letterer Andworld Design) John Constantine focused tale, “Armageddon Blues,” were standouts for me. Regardless of my favorite stories and what I think worked well, Dark Nights: Death Metal the Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1 is packed tight with talent. I’m confident that at least one of these interlude stories will be of interest to any DC reader that picks this book up for a read.
Overall, Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses (2020-) #1 works to maintain interest, excitement, and momentum going into the final issue of Dark Nights: Death Metal.
The Bottom Line
Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses (2020-) #1 is a fine precursor to Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 and will leave readers eager to see how this war for the multiverse ends.