DC’s Dark Metal

I put off reading Dark Metal, the latest DC ‘Event’ because I didn’t quite understand the premise, and whilst the art work looked cool, it didn’t quite grab me.

I read a lot of the other DC heroes and obviously each comic pops up with an advert for the other titles going on, there’s Doomsday Clock on the horizon, and Batman White Knight which looks interesting too.

Last night I finally succumbed to reading the first of the prequel comics, and before I knew it I’d read about eight of them!

The story in brief is as follows (no spoilers) –

Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations–but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

This doesn’t seem to be just an event, it’s like a whole new ‘Crisis’ for the multiverse.

The story has already included cameos from Swamp Thing, Tornado, Sandman (!!!) and many other DC characters, it is a full ensemble.

The story spans across the multiverse, and incorporates the new concept of a ‘Dark’ multiverse that exists underneath the one our heroes inhabit. This is where all of the destruction has gone over the years, the scrap heap where negative outcomes have festered.

A demon has started to attack Earth-0, preying on multiple incarnations of Bruce Wayne from the dark multiverse who have snapped in one way or another and wound up evil. For the most part these Bruce Waynes have overcome and stolen the abilities of a specific member of the justice league, creating a range of evil Bruce Waynes who are also The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, etc.

I’m hooked on this, and a little piece of me is gutted because it wont be finished until March 2018 which means at time of writing, I will run out of copies to read and will be forced to wait!

This has been seriously cool, the art work is great throughout, but on some pages specifically it is absolutely insane how good it looks. Some altercations between Dark Multiverse Batman and his Justice League counterparts were mind-blowing, it is cool just seeing them fight, but the story is very rich and well written.

I expected some of this to feel forced and like a bit of a cop-out, but honestly, right now it feels like many of the biggest Batman stories to come out over the past 10 years have led to this point in time and they have woven a story in that feels right and natural.

They explain it all so well and so tightly that you can’t help but feel like this was something that Scott Snyder has had in the pipeline since day one, since writing about the Court of Owls, and so forth.

I am wary of going on too much more about this because anything I reference feels like a spoiler, but this feels like a classic. The writing is strong, the art is strong, the characters are awesome and it feels like a full on DC Universe event.

I wish that this level of awesome writing could translate into the TV and Cinematic universes because man they excel when they give it their best!

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