Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Tales From The Dark Universe: Dark Nights: Metal #1 Review




Nu Metal


Written By: Scott Snyder, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Art By: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott, Norm Rapmund, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Andworld Design
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: December 29, 2020


It's time to head on back down into the Dark Multiverse for the final time as we hear Tempus Fuginaut's last story of darkness and woe, where this time we'll be seeing the outcome of the world if Barbatos had successfully pulled Earth-0 into his realm. Let's jump into this story and see who the heroes will be and what has come of our heroes of old. Let's check it out.


Earth-0 has been pulled into darkness and with that, the rest of the Multiverse has followed suit, the reason this happened is that the Justice League failed to end Barbatos with the Element X, and instead, the dragon of the Dark Multiverse fulfilled his destiny and used Batman as his host to manipulate and change the world around him into some nightmarish form that was only befitting to the Hyper-Dimensional. Now, while we do get a quest to end not only Barbatos, the Batman Who Laughs, and the dragons of Barbatos that are made up of our former Justice League, which is dark, action-packed, and just a little bit silly, it's surrounded by a concept that just doesn't make any sense for a Tales From The Dark Multiverse story.




Look, we have stories that take place in the Dark Multiverse and we see at what point they deviate from the original DC story so that they become the "Dark What-If", but how can we have a story that the main focus in deviation is being pulled into the Dark Multiverse if it's already in the Dark Multiverse? Not only that but a death wave that is destroying the rest of the Multiverse as well....... Yeah, that doesn't work for this kind of story, but setup concept aside, you do get a badass look at what Duke Thomas could have become if our heroes failed to save the day in Metal, but as badass as he is here, the badassery isn't worth what happens to not only our main character, the man formerly known as Signal here, but to the other survivors of Metal that have banded together to make one final stand in this Multiverse of Darkness.  




All in all, the art in this story was fantastic and really felt like a piece that could stand beside the original Metal story...... As for this story though, the concept just doesn't work for what we're dealing with here because it all takes place in the Dark Multiverse, not to mention it needs the rest of the Multiverse to be pulled in and be destroyed as well and that just doesn't work. If you move past the concept for the setup up though, you get a dark look at a world that's the last man standing in a Multiverse of darkness and death and the last-ditch effort to die like heroes because no matter what happens in this story there's no coming back to anything remotely normal. Going forward though, with how things ended here it is interesting to know that somewhere down the line someone or something might come across a Duke Thomas in the Dark Multiverse who is the last survivor of the destiny of destruction brought on by the Batman.  


Bits and Pieces:


The art in this issue works great for the story at hand and the concept of what a world would look like if our heroes lost Dark Nights: Metal is interesting because of how much it resembles the landscape of Death Metal, I just wish that the setup and concept for how this world diverged from the original timeline worked a little bit better because it relies on the idea of being pulled into the Dark Multiverse...... when this entire story always takes place in the Dark Multiverse. Beyond that though, this is a strange, interesting romp of a suicide mission that shows that Batman is always the villain of the story.


7/10

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