Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #5 by Scott Snyder - Book Review

From the publisher: 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?

Dark Nights: Metal, by Scott Snyder, continues with issue #5. It's pretty much more of the same: the various groups of heroes struggling against the forces of evil, trying to stop the earth from sinking into evil. Nth metal continues to be the focal point, as does Batman (with an assist from Superman). It also looks like Barbatos has revealed his endgame and the way he is going to achieve it.

Look, I like Dark Nights: Metal. I'm generally all-in on these big company-wide events. However, lately each time I read an issue of Metal, I feel like I'm missing part of the story; it feels like there are some supporting or spin-off issues that I should have read before reading the issue of Metal. My time and budget are limited, and I'm not willing to chase every tie-in comic to try and follow what should be the main storyline. The best event series keep the main story contained in the main series; any tie-ins should support the main storyline, not contain major plot points. In the case of Dark Nights: Metal #5, I was at a loss when I realized Batman and Superman were fighting some sort of deranged, evil, super version of Carter Hall/Hawkman. When did that happen? When was the Plastic Man egg found? Additionally, it feels like the other heroes are just spinning their wheels, waiting for the climax to occur.

I'll keep reading Dark Nights: Metal. I'm curious where Scott Snyder is going with all of this. However, I'm not nearly as high on it now as I was a couple of issues ago. As far as issue #5 goes, it's average. Don't start with it, but if you're reading the entire series you should pick it up. On it's own, I can't really recommend it; as far as the series as a whole is concerned, I'm going to withhold judgment until I can read the collected edition(s).

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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