Review – Dark Nights: Metal #4 (DC Comics)

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Fco Plascenia
Release Date: 20th December 2017

First of all I do hope that you’re all up to date because Dark Nights: Metal is as confusing as it is a fascinating to read.

This issue continues the increasingly dire circumstances that the DC Universe now finds itself in. The Bat God from the Dark Universe which exists underneath the well-known Multiverse, Barbatos, has used Batman as a conduit to enter our earth. Using various dark versions of Batman he has managed to lay waste to the entire world and, in doing so, capture Superman and use him as another powerful conduit to weaken the gap between our world and the Dark Universe.

This issue begins with an update on how the remaining heroes’ quest to find the rare metals used to by Barbatos to enter this world in an attempt to send him back where he came from is going.  It also provides us with an update on where our original and now broken Batman and Superman find themselves.

It’s an action-packed issue which is hard to pinpoint as a single issue as it flows very much as part of the overall cohesive arc of the DC Metal storyline. Snyder continues to weave the genius webs of his master plan, set in motion from his initial new 52 issues like the Court of Owls or Death in the Family. To say I’ve enjoyed the culmination of this is accurate to a point, but at the same time, much like The Batman Who Laughs it’s still somewhat uncomfortable to read. Snyder works beautifully with artists Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion to bring us DC characters who are not only accurate but also clearly at their wits end in this dark situation.

With each page things only seem to get worse, and, much like watching a Game of Thrones episode you find yourself getting your hopes up only to be cruelly shot down in the next instant. But at the same time, there are some genuinely funny and heart-warming moments such as Hal Jordan’s familiar wise cracks or Deathstroke’s dry humour in the face of possible doom.

However, at the centre of the issue,  as with the entire arc, is Bruce Wayne. In his interactions with Superman and Dream we get a real sense of the impact his character and actions over the years have had on the current DC Universe but also how these actions have shaped and developed him.

This is why I’m loving DC Metal so much.  It doesn’t feel like a throwaway money grabber that certain other companies churn out every few months. Metal pays attention to its characters, goes into detail about the impact on the universe as a whole and builds you up on the hype train to the incredible grand finale that’s coming in a few months.

And, by the end of this emotional roller coaster of an issue, much like most of the previous chapters in the Metal event, I’m left with just one thought: “How the F**k are they getting out of this one?”

Rating: 5/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Indiana “Indy” Marlow
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