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Review: Dark Nights: Metal #5

The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness-somewhere. But…what if there’s not?

Writer Scott Snyder has delivered a sense of desperation throughout Dark Nights: Metal and in Dark Nights: Metal #5 that is upped a few factors as the heroes struggle to find their footing.

Snyder takes his time to cover the various teams and where they’re at, whether it’s the group on Hawkworld, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Batman and Superman. What’s interesting is most of those play out as scenes as Batman and Superman’s struggle plays throughout. While each has their own beat, it’s Batman and Superman’s struggle that really creates that sense of hope and defeat. Without that, the rest wouldn’t work. Those two character’s struggles emphasize the desperation of the whole and Snyder plays out the story so that we get emotional highs and lows. This one isn’t just about the action, it’s that excitement of success and and crushing failure rolled into one. The reader is toyed with much like our heroes and with a one-shot and one more issue to go, I have no idea how this one will end.

There’s also some rock and roll moments as heroes rise up in desperation. What I’d describe as “fuck you” moments. You’re cheering on… then you get crushed. But, even then you’re still rooting for the win.

The art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia is as fantastic as ever. The “metal” aspect is there with imagery that you’d expect to find on a cover of a rock album. What particularly stands out is the use of color and lettering. Each setting has a very unique color palette and it all works together to set the various moods for each. They enhance the location and gives the reader a better sense of the world. The lettering for this series as a whole has been fantastic but here each character, especially the corrupted Batman have a style that has you imagining what they sound like. It helps create the character, especially the menacing aspect of them.

There’s not much more to go and I have no idea how this is ending. The issue is solid in playing with the reader’s emotions and when you think things are turning for the better, you get knocked back down. It’s an emotional roller coaster with intelligent plotting that uses the various storylines to enhance each other and toy with those ups and downs. Another solid addition to the event series.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Nights: Metal #5

Dark Nights: Metal #5

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness-somewhere. But…what if there’s not?
FOIL-STAMPED, EMBOSSED COVER

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Jon

Top Pick: Silencer #1 (DC Comics) – Dan Abnett is always good and John Romita Jr’s art looks better than it has in years. Of all the New Age of Heroes line this one probably interested me the least but I am definitely in.

Detective Comics Annual #1 (DC Comics) – James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows at the top of their game and a new origin of one of my favorite Batman villains? Yes, please.

Eternal (Black Mask Studios) – A beautifully drawn and colored graphic novella that virtually demands to be re-read.

 

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart (Black Mask Studios) – The world of Black expands with this first spin-off a graphic novel that’s really interesting and entertaining. Black is a world where only Black individuals have superpowers. You can imagine the implications of that. Where the first volume was all about that truth coming out and the conspiracy hiding it ending, this volume moves beyond that… and adds a hell of a twist. Definitely catching me off guard, this is a sequel that improves upon the original.

Dark Ark #5 (AfterShock Comics) – The series about that “other arc” continues and I’m fascinated to see where this dark Biblical story goes.

Dark Nights: Metal #5 (DC Comics) – Things really get crazy here as things go from bad to worse. It lives up to the word “dark.” For an “event,” this series has delivered.

DC Super Hero Girls: Date With Disaster (DC Comics) – I love this all ages series and this latest graphic novel is adorable.

JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – “Milk Wars” begins! I have no idea what this is about or what to expect, but I’m intrigued.

Motherlands #1 (Vertigo) – A future where bounty hunters are celebrities and parallel worlds exist. It all sounds really interesting and fun.

Quantum and Woody #2 (Valiant) – Speaking of fun… the worst superhero partners in the world are also the most entertaining. Superhero action that constantly puts a smile to my face and gets me to laugh. So happy these two are back.

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you contemplate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #266: An Open Letter to C.B. Cebulski & Marvel Comics – Always interesting to read what Hibbs has to say.

Comichron – Fourth World, Infinity Gauntlet lead week’s reorder charts; Doomsday Clock #3 top advance reorder – And always interesting to see what John Jackson Miller has to say as well.

 

Reviews

IGN – Batman #37

IGN – Dark Nights: Metal #4

IGN – Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1

IGN – Marvel Two-in-One #1

Comic Book – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #22

Review: Dark Nights: Metal #4

The Justice League has been broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone…and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good!

With Dark Nights: Metal #4, things kick it to the next level as Dream returns to help guide the way for Superman and Batman. Writer Scott Snyder weaves together concepts and ideas one might not expect and pulls it off well, though this was my least favorite issue of the series so far.

Though the issue continues its rock and roll and metal ways, Snyder goes big picture meta with the interference of Dream as he steps in as a Watcher type character hoping to guide our two heroes to victory. Dream represents a meta narrative guiding the story just like his protection of the stories we experience in slumber. With those now threatened, he must step in, and it feels almost as if the stories creator himself, Snyder, is stepping in as well.

Dream himself acts as a narrator for the story, adding to the element of the fantastical in the issue. It’s an interesting narrative choice that’ll really judged in how it plays out as the series continues and eventually ends. There’s moments the choice of the inclusion of the character feels like an eldar god stepping in, something that’s common in Marvel comics though absent in recent years at that publisher. It’s DC out “Marveling” Marvel in the grander concepts (and having read some of the New Age of Heroes, that continues there) and doing it quite well.

But, what the issue does really well is set up hope. Much like DC Comics’ Rebirth initiative itself, this series has a simple theme of hope against desperation and against all odds. Though the material is darker, it still fits well in the Rebirth world and in many ways bridges the style gap between Rebirth and the New 52 initiatives.

Greg Capullo as usually rocks it in the art creating the “metal” vision Snyder has scripted. There’s something rock and roll about it all and at times the comic feels like it could be lifted from the cover of a heavy metal album. There’s some very cool visuals as the various teams head out on their missions to get Nth metal in hopes of defeating the Dark Multiverse.

There’s lots of great here and visuals and pacing are fantastic as usual. The issue is that it picks a bit from DC Universe history that if you’re not completely familiar, you feel like you’re missing out. The impact isn’t as great. It’s cool visuals, but the depth isn’t there. The concepts shine though delivering an entertaining read.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dark Nights: Metal #4

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Justice League has been broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone…and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

30 Days of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – A reimagining of the classic horror series.

Assassinistas #1 (IDW Publishing) – Mom’s an assassin who spent her sons’ tuition on new guns. Guess the son needs to get a job helping mom! Quirky concept, sounds like a lot of fun.

Backways #1 (AfterShock) – Writer Justin Jordan does Harry Potter… which is intriguing.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge continues to entertain and their speedster is full of excitement and energy.

Catalyst Prime: Summit #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe. Any new release, we’re intrigued and must check it out.

Curse Words: Holiday Special (Image Comics) – Have you been reading Curse Words? If not, you’re missing out.

Dark Ark #4 (AfterShock) – A new take on Noah’s ark, but this is the other arc, with all of the monsters. The last issue pivoted the series and we’re excited to see what’s next.

Dark Nights: Metal #4 (DC Comics) – Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap.

Fence #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was amazing. The series is a western take on sports manga. It’s so good!

Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy does Christmas. Nuff said.

Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Marvel) – If you’ve never read an issue of this classic series, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s hoping this new one captures that of the original.

Rom & the Micronauts #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two properties coming together. We’re intrigued.

Sink #3 (ComixTribe) – Maybe the most disturbing comic series of the year?

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15 (Marvel) – If you don’t know Aphra, you’re missing out. Think Indiana Jones but in Star Wars.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #22 (Marvel) – Filling in the gaps of the Star Wars universe.

Tales of Suspense #100 (Marvel) – Another classic Marvel title returns! This one’s exploring the “death” of the Black Widow.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #14 (IDW Publishing) – Optimus vs. Dinobots.

Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017 (IDW Publishing) – Wrapping up this series, one that’s been full of political intrigue and giant robots.

Quantum and Woody (2017) #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – If you’ve never read Quantum and Wody, you’re missing out. A new series that’ll get you to laugh.

X-Men: Grand Design #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor takes on the X-Men.

 

DC Collectibles Announces Batman Black and White Action Figures and June 2018 Lineup

DC Collectibles is gearing up for a fun-filled June 2018 stocked with enough new statues, action figures and collectibles to please both DC’s most dedicated fans and those just starting out with their collections. Headlining DC Collectibles’ June releases is an all-new Batman Black & White action figure line based on the company’s bestselling statue line of the same name. The moveable 6.75’’ action figures will debut alongside the first wave of DC Artists Alley designer vinyls that will now feature three new black and white variants. DC Collectibles will also release a stunning 12’’ statue based on the critically acclaimed Dark Nights: Metal comic book series and new additions to its Harley Quinn: Red, White & Black and DC Gallery lines.

After 75+ statues and counting, DC Collectibles is transforming its longest running and most popular line of Batman Black and White statues into highly detailed, articulated 6.75’’ action figures. The first wave debuts in June 2018 and stars Jim Lee’s Batman from Batman: Hush, Greg Capullo’s Batman from Batman: Death of the Family and Batman from the Super Hero’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27.

DC Collectibles will also add three black and white variants to its first wave of DC Artists Alley designer vinyls that features the popular art style of Chris Uminga. Announced earlier this year, the upcoming DC Artists Alley line celebrates offbeat artists and allows them to put their unique spin on DC’s most popular characters. The first wave of figures, including the newly announced variants, showcase Uminga’s take on Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

DC Collectibles is also bringing to life the gruesome, axe-wielding Batman from Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal #1 variant cover as a 12’’ DC Designer Series statue. This original take on Batman will be joined by a new Harley Quinn: Red, White and Black statue by Jae Lee and a life-size replica of The Joker cane. The cane features an intricately designed Joker-themed handle and is an accessory sure to enhance your swagger.

For full details on all June 2018 releases, see below solicitation information and above for imagery:

Batman Black & White Action Figures:

  • Wave 1 – Batman from BATMAN: HUSH by Jim Lee, Batman from BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY by Greg Capullo; First Appearance Batman from DETECTIVE COMICS #27 by Bob Kane
  • MSRP: $30.00
  • Scale: 1:11/6.75’’

DC Artists Alley Designer Vinyls:

  • Wave 1: Chris Uminga – Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman
  • MSRP: $40.00
  • Scale: 1:11/6.75’’

DC Designer Series Statues:

  • Metal Batman by Greg Capullo
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • Scale: 1:6/12’’

DC Gallery

  • The Joker Cane Prop
  • MSRP: $125.00
  • Scale: Life-size/42.5’’

Harley Quinn: Red, White & Black Statues:

  • Harley Quinn by Jae Lee
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Scale: 1:10/7.5’’

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the work day to end, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Deadline – ‘Gambit’ Starring Channing Tatum Will Open Valentine’s Day 2019 – Well ok then.

The CW – The CW’s Riverdale Returns With Biggest Ratings Ever – Congrats to them!

Newsarama – Comic Book Sales Up 6% In Bookstore Market In Past 12 Months, And 37% Women – Interesting stats.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #3

CBR – Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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WABC-TV – NYPD: Man leaps through window after stealing comic book in Times Square – Someone drew the line at $4.99.

The Beat – NYCC ’17: It’s official – new record attendance set with 200,000 tickets sold – That’s a hell a lot of tickets.

 

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CBR – Dark Nights: Metal #3

The Capeless Crusader – The Family Trade #1

The Capeless Crusader – Fighting American #1

Talking Comics – Slots #1

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