Here's the thing about "big events" in comics. They used to be just that "events." Now they just seem to be an annual requirement. Some work. Some don't.
This year DC rolled out Dark Night - Metal. The event revolves around the long running Batman Barbatos storyline, the Nth Metal and dark twisted versions of Batman run amok.
Interested? Let's take a look at the collection.
Dark Days: The Road to Metal
- every good event needs a prologue. That's what The Road to Metal is. The collection begins with a pair of issues that set the ground for the events to come. Then it is rounded out with historical stories that fill in holes and tee up the event. Mandatory read for the event.
Dark Nights: Metal
- Nth Metal, that mysterious substance that powers Hawkman, turns out to be more than it appears. It is the energy that powers the monster Barbatos as he attempts to break through the Dark Matter Universe into ours. To do so, he enlists an army of monstrous Batmen from a series of doomed Earths. Got all that? I know its a lot, but Metal is that kind of event. It takes cues from Brubaker and Morrison and ties them together in the minds of Snyder and Capullo. Its ambitious, but perhaps not perfectly executed. Still for balls out rock and roll storytelling, its certainly worth a read.
Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
- Truth be told, this one was a struggle to get through. It was Titans and Suicide Squad heavy. These teams struggle to hold the line as the Big Seven battle the Dark Knights. There is a lot of Harley, Damien and Nightwing. Characters turn. Darkness descends. An uneven collection with some bright spots.
Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
- This one is my favorite of all the collections. We finally get the origins of the Dark Knights of the Dark Universe. In each story, the Batman of their universe took out another member of the Justice League and took their powers in the moments before their worlds ended. This makes them perfect fodder for Barbatos. I'm a sucker for DC's Elseworlds stories. These origin stories are just that. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!