Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 Review


And That's the Truth

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 15, 2020

It's time to get back to the main issues of Death Metal, and with all the one-shots that DC Comics keeps bombarding us with, it's hard to keep track of the main story.  Luckily, we are just pushing towards defeating the Batman Who Laughs (The Darkest Knight didn't catch on so well) and Perpetua (remember her?) and resetting the Multiverse to get us to Future State and beyond.  At this point, I kind of just want to get to 2021 for so many reasons, but I am looking forward to seeing how we get there.  So, here we go with the penultimate issue of Death Metal...

The issue opens up with Batman and Superman getting ready to take their armies into battle against the Dark Multiverse forces of the Batman Who Laughs.  It's a who's who of characters, though some are so small and non-detailed that it isn't as fun as it should be.  Plus, it doesn't matter much to the overall plot of the story.  If you were like Eric Shea and thought that all those personal Last Night stories would make the battle more personal, you would be wrong.  We focus on the few usual suspects who continue to hit things and crack wise, and while the fight could have been cool, the non-descript enemies and generic fighting (mostly done way in the background) made it feel mostly like filler.

While that's going on, Wonder Woman and Lobo are trying to get to the World Forge to assemble Lex's "Make Everything Matter Machine" while Perpetua continues to battle the Batman Who Laughs.  There aren't many shockers here as BWL taunts Perpetua until he doesn't have to, and Wonder Woman messes up until she doesn't.  Wonder Woman gives a nice speech, but we've had a couple of these already, but at least it sets up the big finale.  Thank god since the Batman Who Laughs has come to wreak house, and it's obvious the world needs a powered-up Wonder Woman to finally save the day.

I am still looking forward to the finale, but this issue didn't raise the bar at all.  This issue felt rushed, and because of that, there wasn't any tension to the big battle.  We've been waiting so long for this battle to end up feeling flat, and that's a shame because the sheer number of characters should have been enough to make it memorable.  

I am a huge Greg Capullo fan, and anything close up looked great, but not everything was close up.  When the camera pulls way out, things start to get wonky, which happens way too much in this issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 sets up the big finale, but not much else.  The art is okay, and while I am still looking forward to seeing how this all ends, this issue did nothing to increase my hype.



  1. Same here. The only things of note in this issue were Perpetua being reimprisoned and Wonder Woman powering up. The rest was just a canvas typical of such events seen all the time. I can't believe they didn't end the thing in this issue when fucking snyder obviously hasn't any more significant storyboard left to tell here. Just another padded issue which was devoid of any deeper emotions or exploration. Just the minimum of story pushing the plot a bit more towards the much awaited end.

    1. Yea, this issue should have just ended it and not padded it out so much. With all the tie-ins that didn't do much at all, I am ready to move on.