Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dark Nights - Metal #2 Review


Baby Daddy

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 13, 2017

After the first issue of Metal, I couldn't wait to get back to the story.  It may have been a bit confusing, but in that good kind of way, and it also tied together a bunch of stories I loved in the New 52 and before.  Yea, I still don't know what the actual continuity is these days, but that's more of a Universe wide problem than just a Metal one.  I know that around two years ago (during the DC YOU), Dan Didio announced that DC was going with a story over continuity approach, but after the first issue of Metal, I think Scott Snyder and company are going more with a fun over everything else way of storytelling and I realize that's not for everyone, but I also know that's for me.  It's a tough thing to lay on Metal, but I really need some fun right now.  Does the fun continue this issue?  Let's find out...


The issue opens with more of Carter Hall's journal and while it is important stuff, the big reveal in the opening pages is the mysterious metals forming huge Bat signals all over the world.  Superman sees them and with what happened at the end of last issue, knows that they need to find Batman NOW!  We then see it's all hands on deck throughout the world and to quote a non metal band, it's fun, fun, fun!

After a series of really cool cameos, we head off to the Amazon Rainforest and even more kick ass fun.  A trash talking Damian driving the Bat-Hog while the Bat Family runs diversion using tech that had me fondly remembering Dick Grayson disguised as Joker in the beginning of the New 52...awesome!  




After Flash, Aquaman and the rest of League strike out and Swamp Thing makes a great appearance, we get a moment with Superman and Batman that is both touching and funny, but also gives us our first big story moment.  Batman (kind of) tells us about how he has been primed for the return of Barbatos.  It's all about five metals, four of which Batman has already been exposed to.  

We then go to "Ends of the Earth" where Kendra meets with he comrades in Doom...the Immortals.  They have decided to use the "Ultimate Option" even while Batman is surely trying to fight Barbatos his own way.  Hearing that, Kendra jumps into emergency mode when she realizes that Batman has been tricked and is walking right into Barbatos' trap.




After Dream sets up a bit of foreshadowing, we find out Batman's plan when Superman and Wonder Woman show up to stop it.  It's the craziest plan, basically the ultimate do over (or never done) and while it is shocking, the way he will do it is more shocking, awesome and also cute as hell!!!  Believe me, it's the best use of heavy metal devil horns you will ever see.

Like I said earlier, it's all a trap and Batman walked right into it.  For all those that hate the all knowing, Bat God, this will surely make you smile.  In fact, it all comes tumbling down on Batman and we see that he's been played for a pretty long time.  I especially liked the mention of the importance of the Powers Collider...something I suspected when Metal was first announced.  The we get another Power's call back and the shit hits the fan!  The Doorway is open.

The issue ends with the reader getting the first look at the Dark Multiverse and it's not pretty. Superman and Woman can't do anything as Batman disappears and the Dark Batmen and much worse enter our Universe.




Scott Snyder juggles some awesome fun with some cool answers and by the end, Metal is is full swing.  This issue feels like the true beginning as Barbatos opens up the gate and while I can't wait to see what happens to Batman, I am just as interested in the Dark Multiverse Batmen...something I didn't think I'd be keen on until I saw them here.  Snyder does a great job of pushing the story forward by tying in past stories while also giving readers some awesome easter eggs to put a smile on their faces.  Great job!

Greg Capullo and the art team have kicked it into high gear as well.  Everything looks great and while I want them on the Justice League book after this, they seem to be having a great time here so I'll allow them to keep going.  I'm sure that means a lot to them!

Bits and Pieces:

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue Metal, but this issue feels like the real beginning.  It's obvious they are having a great time and it rubs off on the reader in a big way.  An exciting story that makes sense even when I wished it wouldn't coupled with great art and an awesome sense of humor have me pumped up for everything Metal coming our way.  If you have been waiting for the fun that was promised with Rebirth, your wait is over.  Highly Recommended.


9.3/10


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18 comments:

  1. Great review!! This has been an awesome event so far best in a long long time from The Forge to the Casting, Metal #1 and now this it's been going great.

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  2. I have been waiting for this kind of epic story telling in like forever, since the start of the rebirth initiative. I cant explain my joy. Scott snyder really is the best. Greg capullo too and the art team. Kudos!! This is what batman should be like. None of that "iam..iam..iam" crap of tom king and whatever he writes of batman, not to mention that war of jokes and riddles is just flat out garbage compared to this. Nice review jim, definitely getting my money's worth.

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    1. Yep...just good fun and it's amazing that when reading this, you realize how really "unfun" rebirth, and especially Batman has been. You can tell a dark story and still have fun!

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  3. This book easily has the best moment in comics all year.

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    1. The moment is great, but it's even better with the metal devil horns flashing

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  4. Capullos Batman is how Batman should look forever

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  5. These kinds of epics is what make me love comics i mean they went from post crisis to n52 to DCyou to rebirth and made it all work and come on batjims stories sucked but to have batmanuim makes it all worth it

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    1. Yep...I think I just love big stories!

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  6. This book finally pulled me into this event! I liked the last 3, but this was incredible!

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  7. Anti-Monitor's astral brain is gonna f some s&$t up. Well that's what they say but it all goes over my head.

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  8. Sounds very rock and roll... brother!

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  9. This book is going really well. The only thing I didn't understand is where Batman found Darkseid baby?? Did they explain that somewhere and I missed? Can someone please help me?

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    1. at the end of the new 52 Darkseid War story, Darkseid was killed and came back as a baby (crazy story) and Grail took him away. That's why Batman tells Superman and Wonder Woman that he took him from Grail and she will be looking for him.

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    2. gotcha. Thanks Jim! But just to make sure I understand, we didn't see Batman taking Darkseid from Grail, right?

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    3. nope...i did talk to Scott Snyder and he said that the League knew he had Darkseid. Ican only guess he went from Blackhawk Island and went and snatched Baby Darkseid

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