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Review: Dark Nights: Metal #3

Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

Dark Nights: Metal has been going strong so far so there had to be a dip at some point and this issue feels like it’s the one. But, this dip is still far more entertaining than a hell of a lot of what I’ve read this week.

Heroes have been gathered and Batman has been pulled into the Dark Multiverse but what are folks going to do to defeat these nightmare versions of Batman and save the universe? That’s what this issue is, the planning one.

Writer Scott Snyder takes a simple concept but fills it with a key thing, emotion. There’s two types here. The emotion of the heroes arguing about what the plan should be and whether they should save Batman. Then there’s dread and tension which I felt as a reader because each page feels like a clock ticking down until the nightmare Batmen discover the heroes. The issue is one that builds until those last pages ratcheting up fear and a little bit of hope… then Snyder sucks the hope from you. This isn’t a “happy” story, this is the thing of nightmares.

Snyder is helped by Greg Capullo with art that’s solid. The positioning of the characters is key as they argue and what should be pretty boring scenes are full of “action” and emotion played out in the movement. Those last few pages too become the stuff of nightmares in the way Capullo displays them as we get a better idea of the nightmarescape that awaits. I don’t want to give away too much but I lingered on the pages to look at the detail. The art at times feels like a metal album cover in comic form.

The issue isn’t quite as strong as the first two but it ends the first arc in a way and sets our heroes and villains off in interesting directions. What it especially does is sucks out the hope that has expanded through Rebirth and made the situation seem more desperate. The comic event lives up to its name, it exudes “metal” and rock and roll in many ways. Most importantly, it has me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Story: 8.05 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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New York Comic Con 2017: DC Announces The Curse of Brimstone and The Unexpected

Fans attending the Dark Nights: Metal/New Age of DC Heroes panel at New York Comic Con got more than their money’s worth when they came to hear the latest about the headbanging, face-melting event taking comics by storm! Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, the dais included an all-star lineup of DC talent, beginning with the bestselling Metal team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. With the critical and sales success of the six-issue main series, Dan, Scott and Greg talked about how Dark Nights: Metal truly is an event that impacts the DC Universe, now as well as in the future.

Initially announced with as Dark Matter, fans also got to hear and see the latest on what’s been renamed as the New Age of DC Heroes. Spinning out of Metal, the unique vertical gatefold covers were revealed for The Terrifics, The Immortal Men, Damage, The Silencer, and Sideways. DiDio reminded the crowd that all debut issues would launch at a $2.99 price point and that the gatefolds could hold some “easter eggs” that will be revealed throughout the series.

NYCC fans were also introduced to two additional titles added to the New Age of DC Heroes lineup, along with their creators. Writer Justin Jordan, who also is co-writing Sideways with DiDio was on hand to talk about his vision for The Curse of Brimstone, showing off some of the early artwork and character designs, while Steve Orlando got to introduce fans to his new mystery title, The Unexpected.

You can see some of the images shown during the panel below and more at the DC website.

Review: All-Star Batman #14

Batman is put to the ultimate test! Faced with either losing his future as Batman or the person he loves most, the Dark Knight must decide which ultimate price he is willing to pay.

The First Ally” wraps up in All-Star Batman #14. The issue bounces back and forth focused on Alfred’s training when he was younger and the present where Alfred must rescue Bruce from Briar and his Knight. It’s an interesting story with some twists until the end that are good but when thinking about them feel rather too predictable and an attempt to be in your face introspective. It’s like those times when the hero must face the evil version of themselves. It can work, but at the same time maybe the metaphor doesn’t have to be literal?

Writer Scott Snyder does put together a solid tale though and together with the previous thirteen issues he has crafted a story that’s a solid breakdown of Batman as a character and this last arc has done an excellent job of adding depth to Alfred. I’d love to see more of his history explored.

The art by Rafael Albuquerque is amazing as expected and there’s one moment that’ll stand out and get readers to scream “hell yeah.” Albuquerque is one of the best artists out there and the art is as awesome as expected.

Albuquerque does double duty joined by Rafael Scavone in writing in a back-up story that actually dovetails into the main story nicely. It’s a cool twist and a great way to bring the stories together. That story’s art is provided by Sebastian Fiumara and it works well with Albuquerque’s main story art. The two styles feel like they’re part of the same comic and I’d like to see more of Fiumara on Batman (as well as Albuquerque).

This is a solid finale that has some really solid moments and Snyder has pulled off an impressive thing in adding depth to characters in a way that feels natural. Overall, this series has done a great job of exploring Batman in a way that we get to think about the themes of the character but at the same time it’s done in stories that are entertaining from beginning to end.

Story: Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Sebastian Fiumara
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: All-Star Batman #14

All-Star Batman #14

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Sebastian Fiumara (A/CA) Rafael Albuquerque
In Shops: Oct 04, 2017
SRP: $4.99

“The First Ally” finale! In the final issue of Scott Snyder’s high-octane run on ALL STAR BATMAN, he and superstar artist Rafael Albuquerque put Batman to the ultimate test! Faced with either losing his future as Batman or the person he loves most, the Dark Knight must decide which ultimate price he is willing to pay.

Preview: Batman/The Shadow #6

Batman/The Shadow #6

(W) Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99

In this final team-up issue, all-out war has broken out in the streets of Shamba-La! The Stag and The Joker are hell-bent on stealing all of the city’s secrets and ensuring absolute darkness falls across the globe. It’s the last stand for Batman and the Shadow, and the Dark Knight will have to decide once and for all if he’s going to embrace the destiny the Shadow has set out for him.

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Dark Nights: Metal #2

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the second part to Dark Nights: Metal!

Dark Nights: Metal #2 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Jonathan Glapion.

Dark Nights: Metal #2 is in comic book stores today.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Dark Nights: Metal #2
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Preview: Dark Nights: Metal #2

Dark Nights: Metal #2

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. When the World’s Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine, will Earth’s heroes be ready?

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one more volume from DC Comics featuring Batman!

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy collects issues #1-5 by Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., and Declan Shalvey.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in hardcover at both comic and book stores now and in softcover in comic stores today and book stores September 12.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All Star Batman Vol. 2 Ends of the Earth

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Batman!

All Star Batman Vol. 2 Ends of the Earth collects issues #6-9 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Francesco Francavilla, Mark Morales, and Jock.

The trade is in comic stores today September 6 and book stores September 12.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

All Star Batman Vol. 2 Ends of the Earth
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