Dark Nights: Metal #3
Scott “Sledgehammer” Snyder (Writer), Greg “Chaos Bringer” Capullo, Jonathon “Grim Reaper” Glapion and FCO “Overkill” Plascencia (Artists)
October 11, 2017
Scott Snyder continues to up the stakes, and to up the absurdity of the references he brings into this book. This continues to be everything I really want out of a comic book event. The crossovers are limited and actually help progress the story, and the story itself can stand alone without them.
Who would have guessed that one of the things Snyder would reclaim as epic would be the theme song to the 1960’s Batman show? And somehow, he does just that. It’s completely absurd, but it works. (One thing I will say, as awesome as it is, Snyder’s chords are incorrect. For the most part the song is a G chord, with some transitions to C and D minor. It’s an amazing idea to use that as a secret code, it’s just not technically accurate.)
We get a glimpse at the destruction being wrought by the Dark Nights, with what look like Doomsday-infected civilians. I’m betting that has something to do with Devastator, who ravages Superman.
Yet again, Snyder pulls something into Metal that I never expected to see again, with the Oblivion Bar. Fitting week for it to show back up with Ragman debuting his new series. We even see Detective Chimp in the background!
In a one-page recap, we cover everything that happened in the tie-ins, while still leaving it open enough for a reader to decide to pick them up or not. I’m still in awe at the idea of the rapid aging speed force storm. Nightwing’s guilt at losing the Titans is perfectly in character, and wow does Capullo make Dick look good. Damian hugging Clark as Clark agreed to find his dad was probably the most emotionally touching thing that brat has ever done.
The stupid word play of the drinks made me cringe and chuckle all at once. A “Batman” being a glass of just ice is brilliant on both the word play and the teetotaler nature of Bruce Wayne. The “Superman” being an import of the highest quality was also a well played idea.
I like the idea of a hidden Thanagar, and I’m hoping that the Rock of Eternity means we see Billy Batson soon. I don’t know what is under Atlantis though. Superman and the Flash using the Anti-Monitor’s tower to send Superman in search of Batman was a great touch.
We get a break from Metal next month as Geoff Johns launches Doomsday Clock and we see what hells Batman is going through in Batman: Lost. In the meantime though we get “Bats Out of Hell” going through Flash, Hal Jordan, and Justice League; and the last of the Dark Knight one-shots shedding light on the remaining evil Batmen.