Series: Dark Nights: Death Metal (2020-)
Published: January 5, 2020
By: Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo
Pencils: Greg Capullo, Yanick Paquette, and Bryan Hitch
Inks: Jonathan Glapion, Yanick Paquette, and Bryan Hitch
Colors: FCO Plascencia, Nathan Fairbairn, and Alex Sinclair
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Publisher’s Summary: The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plus, this extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe-and no fan will want to miss that!
“As Diana rises from the earth, she suddenly sees everything with new eyes. She has been a god before, but at this moment she’s more. She can see the whole present, the entire war at once. Bruce battling a soulless young version of himself, a birdsong of evil. Clark fighting a Superman whose rocket was lost on the way to Earth, corrupted by a million suns. She sees the past too. She sees everyone who has fallen to give them this chance. Above all, what she sees is that everything–everything–comes down to these next moments.”
Wonder Woman continues her battle–through spacetime–with the Batman Who Laughs/the Darkest Knight while her allies face off against his minions on the ground. The fate of the multiverse remains at stake.
Save for calling this final showdown between Wonder Woman and the Darkest Knight–as well as a the battle taking place on the ground–epic, immersive, and extremely satisfying for fans and long time readers, sharing much else about the issue would spoil it. So instead, let’s take a look at the bigger picture.
The quote included above is a longe one, I know, but I included it because these first few lines successfully capture the importance of the issue, quickly bringing readers up to speed and reminding them of what’s at stake. Like the event that preceded it, Death Metal has, and will continue to have, lasting effects on the greater DCU. Large-scale, multiverse-shaping events do much more than just affect the ongoing story arcs of the World’s Finest, they mark a shift in the overall creative direction of the publisher. Based on what’s displayed here, DC’s future is bright.
If you’ve waited until now to decide whether or not to read Dark Nights: Death Metal, I urge you to dive in, soon, as the events of DN:DM play a major role in upcoming DC releases. Besides, if you’re a DC fan, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy the event and finish feeling as though the series was written with you in mind…I know that I sure did.
A stunning conclusion to what has been a hellacious ride, Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 teems with breathtaking artwork and evocative writing. More than just the last chapter of an epic tale, the final moments of Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 speaks directly to readers and promises a bright future for DC and for readers.