Dark Nights: Metal #1
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
When Dark Nights: Metal was first announced, comic book fans knew it would be something special. The work Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do together has been adored by fans for years, and to have them back together on such an important series is exhilarating. Needless to say, I (along with most comic fans) was hyped up and ready to be blown away when I opened Dark Knights: Metal #1 - and I was not disappointed.
The issue opens up with the Justice League on Mongul's War Moon, forced to be in the arena pitted against... giant robots!! If that doesn't intrigue you, this series probably is not for you. This opening is so perfect for this series because not only does it give new readers an exciting jump in point, but it also gives the reader the feeling that this is just a small taste of what's to come in future issues. But don't be fooled, while this action scene is fantastic, that doesn't mean the whole book is all about punching giant robots. This is a huge story, riddled with mystery and intrigue.
Without getting into major spoiler territory, the rest of the story follows the League as they investigate what caused a giant mountain to emerge right in the middle of Gotham. This investigation leads them to cross paths with the Blackhawks, and ultimately learn a dark secret about Batman as well as a new threat that's ready to be unleashed. Along the way, the League is reunited with some classic faces and a big surprise which are all sure to make any DC fan smile.
I'm not going to lie, the story presented here isn't simple or predictable. Scott Snyder does a great job at making complex ideas as simple as possible without removing their importance, but it takes patience and attentiveness to really grasp the enormity of everything that's going on. It's 100% worth it to read Dark Days: The Forge, and Dark Days: The Casting before picking up Dark Nights: Metal #1 to get some context.
Snyder's writing is exceptional, but having Capullo providing art pushes this book from great to near-perfect. There's so much attention to detail and care given to every character and every setting. The art really feels like a labor of love, like there was sincere thought and care put into every panel. To put it simply, the way Greg Capullo tells this story via the art is dynamic.
9.5 / 10
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do practically everything right in Dark Nights: Metal #1 by creating a fun, gripping, dynamic introduction to the biggest DC Comics event of the year.