Review: Dark Nights: Metal #6

All roads lead…to darkness. In the devastating and epic conclusion to DC’s cataclysmic event series, heroes from across the universe make their final charge into the unknown to battle the forces of the Dark Multiverse! Space and time, dreams and nightmares, all will collide – and what is left at the end will leave the DC Universe irrevocably changed!

This is it, the end of Dark Nights: Metal and the big question is, can writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo stick the landing? Dark Nights: Metal #6 is absolutely entertaining and it has that last act moments for this type of event that you’d expect. The moments you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy. It’s the final act of the big budget blockbuster and it’s really entertaining.

Dark Nights: Metal is really exemplified by this issue in that it both mixes the “dark” and the “hope” of the DC Universe. I said it in my review of the first issue in that it feels like a solid bridge between the “grittiness” of the New 52 and the “optimism” of Rebirth.

It’s difficult to fully review the issue in that I don’t want to spoil the fun but it’s over the top. But, where the issue stumbles, only slightly, is that it’s clearly a chapter in a bigger story and suffers slightly in that its epilogue sets up what’s next, Justice League: No Surrender, the next event. It’s a tactic that a certain other publisher used a lot with their events and it got old, quick. But, what’s teased will make long time fans excited as it touches upon a lot of DC history continuing to blend the old with the new.

Now, I said the issues is over the top and that’s partially due to Capullo’s art. Batman rides a Joker dragon! Capullo is joined by Jonathan Glapion on ink and FCO Plascencia on color and it all comes together for an epic conclusion. Visually, Capullo nails it with so much packed into every page. My only knock is his Clark and Bruce look a little too alike but I’ve noticed that with a few DC artists lately. But, when it comes to staring at panels and spreads at the utter insanity, this comic delivers and then some. Snyder and Capullo are a dream team of creators and it’s clear with this entire event series the two are in sync.

On it’s own, it’s hard to judge this individual comic but as a conclusion for the event, it’s very satisfying and then some. I found myself saying “hells yes” multiple times and smiling as the “epic” nature of it all crescendoed. There’s a solid conclusion that makes sense and also feels like it sets up a lot to come which has me, and hopefully comic readers, excited. Dark Nights: Metal has been a crazy ride and delivered what was promised, a rocking “metal” comic event.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia
Story: 7.99 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review