Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: FCO Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
The problem with big comic book events these days is the fact that they’ve become so mundane and ordinary. When a large group of heroes met, it use to be special, it was exciting. Now the heroes: fight, kiss, makeup, defeat true villain, and repeat in a few months. All hope was lost for events to matter again, and then Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo show up. Dark Nights: Metal has been everything it was hyped up to be. The Dark Multiverse is opening and Batman’s fingerprints are all over the chaos that is about the ensue, and he’s desperate to stop it.
The craziness kicks off with the Justice League tracking down Batman, but having to deal with the rest of the Batfamily to do it. This story really focuses on the Dark Knight, which is to its advantage. It doesn’t get muddled down by parsing out story to each individual league member. So it moves at a quick and enjoyable pace. For someone who isn’t big on writing Damian Wayne, Scott Snyder has succeeded in writing one of my favorite Robin scenes. His back and forth with Wonder Woman as she tries to stop the truck he is driving was fantastic. I like how they were able to show how much of a handful Batman would be to the Justice League as an opponent, without making it personal and them eventually fighting.
It’s hard to complain about anything in such a big enjoyable spectacle, but this series has been a canon overload. It didn’t effect the pacing of this issue as much as the first, but the characters needing to stop the action and explain exactly what’s going on is quite noticeable, though it’s also a necessity. Even for a weekly comic reader such as myself, this has felt a little overwhelming at times.
If by some miracle you’ve decided to make the Dark Nights mini your first DC/Batman comic book, then you’re in for a treat when it comes to artwork. Greg Capullo is a superstar and Dark Nights is a clinic on how to draw the DC Universe. While he was drawing these issues he let it be known his displeasure of drawing team books. “More work for the same amount of money,” to paraphrase one of his tweets. It’s no wonder he was so grumpy, each issue has been packed with characters, even some sort of proto-Legion of Doom shows up in this issue and yet Capullo persists. Snyder no doubt cackling as the master artist turned out this beautiful looking issue. Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia looking on in horror of what’s coming down the pike. DC Comics should spare no expense in keeping this entire creative team together.
Once the story gets to Batman and Morpheus, we get our first glimpse at just what power these heroes will have to deal with. The journey Snyder and Capullo are taking readers is absolute madness. Even Grant Morrison must be impressed with the sheer insanity of this event. This is a must read not just for Batman fans or DC fans, but all comic book readers.