Dark Nights: Metal #6 Review – GODDAMMIT
So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. Metal is finally over. It is no more. It’s ceased to be. It’s expired and gone off to be a collected edition. It’s stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace. It’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off the mortal coil, ran down the curtain, joined the choir invisible and went off to meet Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson! THIS! IS AN EX! EVENT! AND UNFORTUNATELY WE CAN’T REPLACE IT. Sound mad? Yeah, you bet I do. Let’s just get this over with.
The heroes of the world all come together to fight Barbatos and his army of Batmen. Superman and Batman actually survived the end of the last issue (who would’ve thought it?) and there’s some fighting involved. It ends with an epilogue drawn by a different artist. Yay.
Let’s get to it, Metal was a very disappointing event. From my point of view, events should be an excuse to play with all the action figures. They should be spectacular, end of the world affairs with major characters getting big moments dedicated to them, big events to really wow the audience and, most of all, ACTION SCENES. An event is nothing, without bombastic and crazy action scenes, like the fights between the Black Lanterns and the heroes in “Blackest Night” or the war between Doom’s army and the resistance in “Secret Wars”. The problem with Metal? It was missing ACTION and it really shouldn’t have been. It’s called METAL and that right there sets you up with huge expectations. When I think the idea of Metal and the DC Universe I think things like Batman cutting through monsters with axes, The Flash playing an electric guitar that shoots lightning, an army of demons on motorcycles flying through the sky, etc. This event just didn’t have that. It felt too compressed, like it didn’t have enough time to breathe. In fact, the last issue should have basically been just one big, gigantic, all-out war. Instead, Barbatos gets beaten so easily it’s a joke. I wanted Batman riding a Joker Dragon while fighting Barbatos.
I didn’t get that.
Now, to be fair, it’s not all complaints. Snyder is still a great writer and this final issue actually has some of the action I’d been craving. It’s not nearly enough at this point but, credit where credit is due, I actually started to feel SOME of that epic feeling by the end. Snyder has a good grasp on how the characters work and I still appreciate his enthusiasm with using the lesser known parts of the DC Universe. Of note also, is the battle between our Batman and the Batman Who Laughs. It was easily the best part of the book and it was actually really awesome for several reasons that I won’t spoil here in case you want to read it. It felt deserved and epic and if the book has more of that I would be singing a different tune.
Capullo’s art is, of course, brilliant. I think that disappoints me more than anything else: You have a Greg Capullo here. USE HIM. Still, his pencils look great and I guarantee you most of the epic feelings I get reading this book were because of his work. Crisp, hard-hitting, detailed and just plain fun to look at.
Also, frequent colorist FCO Plascencia does an amazing job coloring it. The epilogue art, while handled by different artists, was also good but I despised that epilogue so I don’t care. It was such a limp way to finish the event.
Overall, I’m so disappointed I can’t even deal. This event should have been the most fun, action packed event we’d seen in years. I should be able to hand this to anyone and say “You want to see an awesome superhero story with great art, incredibly cool moments and everyone in the DC Universe? I got it right here”. Instead I’ll have to say “You want to be kind of interested but also kind of bored for 6 issues. Here.” In the end, while Dark Nights: Metal issue 6 was an improvement, it still missed the awesome impact that this type of book should have. Will it read better in trade? Maybe, but for now, unless you’ve been collecting it issue by issue, I can’t really recommend you go out and get it. I still want to see what Snyder does with Justice League, so save your money for that, I guess.
In the end, while Dark Nights: Metal issue 6 was an improvement, it still missed the awesome impact that this type of book should have. Unless you’ve been collecting it issue by issue, I can’t really recommend you go out and get it.