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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Dark Nights: Death Metal #3

Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 is an interesting issue. With its “rock” aesthetic, the issue is one that’s more about hope. It’s the moment in the story where the heroes rally and their plan is laid out for the reader. It also, much like the previous issue, isn’t quite sure what it wants to be. There’s a lot of silliness in the issue that feels like it clashes with the “death metal” title. But, is it really “death metal” in attitude? As we learn in this issue, and as expected, nope, the title has a different meaning than pitched.

Written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 has our gang of heroes rushing to Apokolips to free Superman and turn the tide of battle. As we learn, there’s much more than Superman being focused on when it comes to the plan in this issue. And that’s a good thing keeping the event from another “Trinity” focused event where Batman is the center of things. Instead, Wonder Woman has taken center stage and in her rallying speech, we can see why as she represents the hope that the heroes need.

But, the issue has a weird tonal issue. It wants to be “death metal” in its visuals but then gives us the silliness that is a giant robot, a time travel gun, yet more colors of Kryptonite, and a certain scene. It all ties into things from the past so fits. There’s nothing new, it’s a lot of winks, nods, and celebrations of what has come before. But, there’s a goofiness about it all that betrays the “hard” rock and roll style Capullo and Snyder pitched in the lead up. Spikes on a shoulder pad doesn’t create “death metal.” There’s also some big questions as to the why as far as The Batman Who Laughs’ actions. There’s some wide open aspects where you question his genius and cunning. For a ruthless Batman who has killed who knows how many, he’s left a lot of opposition alive.

Capullo’s art continues to be interesting. Much like the story, there’s a mix of attempting to deliver a serious metal look and the jokes within. Visually the comic feels like the “Rebirth” DC Universe breaking through the doom and gloom of the past. It also makes me think that this series and its previous chapter would have been the bridge from the New 52 to Rebirth that was needed. The dark seriousness transforming to the hope. In some ways visually, the comic feels like that might be the point, especially weighing in on Wonder Woman’s speech. This may be that final chapter to really transition from what was to what is. Capullo is joined by Jonathan Glapion on inks, FCO Plascencia on colors, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. As has been, everyone does a solid job and there are a certain excitement and energy about it all.

I’m still not sold on Dark Nights: Death Metal #3 and the series as a whole. I get a feeling I can see the meta at work but won’t know until the series wraps up. It really does feel like a final chapter in the New 52 aspect of the DC Universe putting the final nails in that chapter. But, there’s still issues to go and a lot of directions the series can take. While the individual issues have had a sense of entertainment, this may be a series to truly judge as a whole instead of its individual parts.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo

Get ready to scream! Wonder Woman roars across the horrifying Dark Multiverse landscape in the world’s most demented monster truck, with Swamp Thing riding shotgun! The two arrive at the ghoulish cemetery base of Batman and his army of zombies, but can the former friends stand each other long enough to form a plan and take back the planet? Plus, what’s Lobo doing in space? Don’t miss the second chapter of the wildest ride in the DC Universe, from the epic team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo!

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

There’s a bit of over the top fun in Dark Nights: Death Metal #2. It’s an issue that has the heroes gathering for their next step to defeat evil while the villains make their move to create an even bigger threat. It’s also generally forgettable.

Written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo, Dark Nights: Death Metal #2‘s more entertaining moments are the variations on Batman they can come up with. For the most part, the comic doesn’t feel very “death metal”. Instead of being ramped up to 11, it feels more like a cover band thinking they’re doing so.

The Batman Who Laughs has been vanquished by Wonder Woman. This leads to a scramble to fill the void and for the heroes to get the upper hand. That means traveling to a mysterious location to rally the troops to take the fight elsewhere. It’s very Dungeons & Dragons gathering of the party before the quest.

Snyder and Capullo have put together some really interesting concepts and visuals that for some reason just feel… off. Batman’s wearing spikes on his shoulders, Swamp Thing is wearing glasses, we get what feels like a half dozen new evil-Batman. There’s a lot thrown into the issue that feels like interesting twists and ideas. Unfortunately, the ideas are never really fleshed out. Instead, we just go with the flow and accept this reality. It is, what it is. They’re thrown out there without explanation or real reason. It’s a fun “visual” comic that has a story. It’s not an engaging story with fun visuals.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 also prepares us for what comes next. The issue drops numerous hints that this should be called “Crisis and the Dark Multiverse”. Discussions of rebooting the universe and “infinite possibilities” are thrown around all leading to a groan of a time. It foreshadows the next reboot after only four years since the last.

But, Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 does deliver on some interesting visuals. There are some funny visual gags and the various characters looking a little beat down works quite well at times. At other times the comic feels a bit more comedic in its style than “metal,” and especially not “death metal.” Jonathan Glapion inks, FCO Plascencia‘s colors, and Tom Napolitano‘s lettering helps bring the visuals together in some of the more interesting aspects of the comic.

After the rocket launch of a first issue, Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 doesn’t feel as much “death metal” as it does a corporate suburbanite throwing on their leather jacket with some spikes and going to a show in the back. It never quite commits to the chaos of the mosh-pit but just kind of safely stands in the back admiring the musicianship, never committing to the gut experience. The comic in the end feels like two friends coming up with crazy ideas and throwing it all in a comic. Some times it works. Some times it doesn’t. But, it definitely keeps you on your toes.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10

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Pro-Lobo” by Dave Wielgosz, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Tom Napolitano

The Main Man himself, Lobo, has come to Earth chasing a bounty, but Superman thinks Lobo is just hurting the little creature. Will Superman put a stop to Lobo, or does the alien have other plans?

The Champion” by Michael Moreci, Thony Silas, Wil Quintana, and Clayton Cowles

Superman wakes up in chains and doesn’t know where he is. He’ll need to put the pieces together quickly if he’s to survive a brutal bout in this gladiator arena!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #10

This Week’s DC Digital First Includes Our Fighting Forces from Priest and Christopher Mooneyham

DC’s Digital First delivers new comics every day! New series Our Fighting Forces joins the lineup next Sunday July 12 and Flash: The Fastest Man Alive returns for another “Flash Friday” with a new issue, giving fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s third chapter will hit on Friday July 10 with a story by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez!

Monday July 6

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10

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Pro-Lobo” by Dave Wielgosz, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Tom Napolitano

The Main Man himself, Lobo, has come to Earth chasing a bounty, but Superman thinks Lobo is just hurting the little creature. Will Superman put a stop to Lobo, or does the alien have other plans?

The Champion” by Michael Moreci, Thony Silas, Wil Quintana, and Clayton Cowles

Superman wakes up in chains and doesn’t know where he is. He’ll need to put the pieces together quickly if he’s to survive a brutal bout in this gladiator arena!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #10

Tuesday July 7

Batman: Gotham Nights #12

Five Little Robins” by Tim Seeley, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse, and Troy Peteri
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Every current and former Robin has been captured by a mysterious villain! Will these distinctly different students of Batman be able to stand each other long enough to fight off a horde of their greatest enemies?

Batman: Gotham Nights #12

Wednesday July 8

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #9

Obsession Aggression” by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Hendry Prasetya, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham
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Wonder Woman’s been ambushed! After receiving a house from the will of a person she’s never met, Wonder Woman must investigate, but finds a house of horrors out to kill her! Who’s done this and can Wonder Woman survive the onslaught?

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #9

Thursday July 9

Titans: Titans Together #3

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What’s ‘Normal’” by Marc Guggenheim, Steve Pugh, Mike Spicer, and Marshall Dillon

A charismatic cult leader has been recruiting followers to join his “church,” a highly suspicious organization locked behind the walls of a private compound. For Raven, freeing this vulnerable flock is imperative…the question is, how can she save people who don’t want to be saved?

Cool and HIPAA” by Andrew Aydin, Juan Gedeon, Mike Spicer, and Marshall Dillon

When reports surface that LexCorp has gained access to confidential government health records, Raven realizes that this could mean the unmasking of countless superheroes. With Beast Boy’s help, she must infiltrate LexCorp’s private servers and destroy the information before it falls into the wrong hands.

Titans: Titans Together #3

Friday July 10

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

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Bullet” by Van Jensen, David Lafuente, Paul Mounts, and Rob Leigh

It’s an all-out brawl between Reverse Flash and Flash as Barry tries to save a cop from an errant bullet. Will the Flash be fast enough to stop a bullet?

Burnout” by Dave Wielgosz, Brad Walker, Nathan Fairbairn, and Rob Leigh

Barry is running himself ragged, and his best friend Hal Jordan comes to check on him, but Flash doesn’t want the help. When the Top goes on a rampage, can the two friends put their differences aside to work together?

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

Saturday July 11

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #3

Scooby’s Last Rep” by Scott Gross, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
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A mysterious giant is bringing chaos to a local gym. Can Scooby and the gang stop him and save the day?

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #3

Sunday July 12

Our Fighting Forces #1

House Call” by Priest, Christopher Mooneyham, Ivan Plascencia, and Willie Schubert (cover by Mikel Janín)

A cable news reporter embedded with a mysterious U.S. Army tactical unit tries to figure out which one of the team’s members is the immortal covert operative code-named the Unknown Soldier—and discovers much more than she bargained for!

Our Fighting Forces #1

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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 is an interesting comic. For the first half, I felt like I was completely lost and had missed something. In reality, I did. I’ve mostly skipped DC Comics‘ “Year of the Villain.” But, writer Scott Snyder does something interesting. There’s a point the comic pivots and catches up the reader. While you might be lost to start, after a while, the comic becomes new reader-friendly. The deep end becomes a shallow wade into the pool.

The Earth has been enveloped by the Dark Multiverse. The Batman Who Laughs has won the favor of Perpetua. The Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 kicks off the latest chapter of Scott Snyder‘s meta-narrative that has added so much to the DC Universe. Along with his co-conspirator, artist Greg Capullo, this first issue ups the “metal” to straight-up “death metal.”

This issue is an interesting one as much of its enjoyment is to see what crazy ideas are come up with. With the Dark Multiverse opening up an infinite playground, The creative team gets to play in an endless sandbox creating variations of Batman that becomes part of the fun. B-Rex anyone? Yes, there’s a dinosaur Batman now. But that cranking it up past 11 also means each sequence needs to really bring it as well. Batman raising a ghost army. The reveal of a mysterious prisoner. Wonder Woman’s actions. It’s all amped-up and exciting keeping the readers on their toes. In a world where any twisted idea is possible, we get some pretty crazy twisted ideas.

There are some issues with the comic in that not enough is explained and things feel like they’re a bit too focused on a few locations but the action is tight and exciting reveals keep readers on their toes.

That action is helped by Capullo’s art which does sinister with a rock twist. You could easily go over the top in the scary department when it comes to The Batman Who Laughs, but Capullo never crosses that line giving us a darker take on the traditional superhero style. That just means a lot more spikes and pointed teeth really. Capullo is helped on ink by Jonathan Glapion, coloring by FCO Plascencia, and lettering by Tom Napolitano. It all comes together with an attitude that near matches the hype. There’s a few images that are fantastic (no spoilers) and a weakened Swamp Thing stands out in a comic that’s full of interesting visuals.

The team really nails the first issue. At first, you might feel lost but it all comes together. Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 really starts to connect the dots and finish the puzzle of a big picture story that was started years ago. We get some action but we also get the start of an event that feels like it’ll begin to really pay off for those who have stuck around for so long and trusted there was a bigger picture at work. You might think this is the next chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, but Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 ties into so much more of what’s been going on.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Spam I Am” by Sholly Fisch, Philip Murphy, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Tom Napolitano
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When a delicious icy treat extinguishes Cyborg’s internal firewall, he’s taken over by offers for spray-on hair, Scandinavian princes, and not-at-all fake Latvian jewelry! To save him, the Titans learn the only way to fight spam is with SPAM!

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Check Out this Week’s New DC Digital Firsts! Superman and Wonder Woman Return!

Superman and Wonder Woman return in this week’s DC Digital First comics. Check out below for all of the new releases you’ll find this week!

Monday June 15

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Viral” by Dave Wielgosz, Yasmine Putri, Tom Derenick, and Clayton Cowles

Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good.

The Wrath of Wioska” by Dave Wielgosz, Miguel Mendonça, David Baron and Clayton Cowles

Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7

Tuesday June 16

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

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A Flip of the Coin” by Frank Tieri, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Hi-Fi, and Troy Peteri

Locked up in Arkham Asylum, Two-Face dreams of a better life—one with a white picket fence far away from Gotham City and Batman. He’s got the perfect plan, and it’s all within his grasp…as long as his coin flip turns up heads.

Joker’s Wild” aka “Wha’cha Got in the Trunk?” by Mark Russell, Christopher Mooneyham, David Baron, and Ferran Delgado

There’s a story that’s made its way around Gotham City’s comedy scene for years, the legend of a struggling young comic who finally snapped under the pressure of making it big. But who can say what really happened? No one knows for sure…

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

Wednesday June 17

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

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Gundra the Great” by Jeff Parker, Aneke, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham

Wonder  Woman  responds  to  a  distress  call  in  a  tiny  village  and  discovers a displaced Valkyrie from Asgard, but is she friend…or foe?!

Wolf Cubs” by Steve Pugh, Marguerite Sauvage, and Travis Lanham

It’s the Eighties, and greed is good for those that already have it all. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor hunt down the reckless mastermind who makes the ultimate power move…the theft of Diana’s golden lasso!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

Thursday June 18

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

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Screaming Sea” by Tom Taylor, Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus, and Wes Abbott

Aquaman and Mera must stop Lex Luthor’s plans to drill into the ocean floor.

Girls’ Night Out” by Andrea Shea, Isaac Goodhart, Cris Peter, and Ryan Christy

Tula agrees to a Girls Night with Mera, but she quickly discovers that she and Mera have completely different ideas of what a Girls Night should be.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Friday June 19

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

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Just a Reflection” by Michael Moreci, Sam Lotfi, John Rauch, and Rob Leigh

The Flash is going to be late for a date with Iris if he can’t beat Mirror Master quickly. Can the Flash stop Mirror Master after he gives Flash’s darkest fears physical for?

Ghosts of the Speed Force” by Jay Baruchel, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Rob Leigh

Barry’s been having nightmares lately where a voice from Speed Force calls out to him. After a speedster dies, they become one with the Speed Force, but is it possible for them to come back out?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

Saturday June 20

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Spam I Am” by Sholly Fisch, Philip Murphy, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Tom Napolitano
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When a delicious icy treat extinguishes Cyborg’s internal firewall, he’s taken over by offers for spray-on hair, Scandinavian princes, and not-at-all fake Latvian jewelry! To save him, the Titans learn the only way to fight spam is with SPAM!

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Sunday June 21

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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Kind” by Andrew Constant, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi and Jimmy B.

Deep in the bayou,  Swamp Thing continues to follow the fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit’s ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.

The Bayou Bluebird War” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Come one, come all, and watch as the terrifying Swamp Thing attempts to rescue a young boy from the spellbinding snare of a cursed circus!

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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Preview: Harley Quinn: Make ’em Laugh #2

Harley Quinn: Make ’em Laugh #2

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Housewarming” by Marguerite Bennett, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor and Marshall Dillon

Poison Ivy’s throwing a housewarming party, and Harley’s got to find her bff the ultimate gift. It has to be something special…something rare…and deadly would be a plus! Can Harley and her animal pals find Pammy the perfect present before everyone gets arrested?

The Lady or the Tiger” by Gail Simone, Priscilla Petraites, John Kalisz, and Tom Napolitano

Harley Quinn delivers some long-awaited justice on behalf of a woman who’s been wrongfully imprisoned, but with a Harley twist. And by twist, we mean mallet.

Harley Quinn: Make 'em Laugh #2
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