Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DARK NIGHTS: METAL #6 by Scott Snyder - Book Review

From the publisher: All roads lead…to darkness. In the devastating and epic conclusion to DC’s cataclysmic event series, heroes from across the universe make their final charge into the unknown to battle the forces of the Dark Multiverse! Space and time, dreams and nightmares, all will collide—and what is left at the end will leave the DC Universe irrevocably changed!

Dark Nights: Metal #6 by Scott Snyder brings the series, and the event, to a close. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, and their friends fight to save Earth from the Dark Multiverse one final time.

This final issue has several last battle-type events, as the heroes face nearly insurmountable odds. Batman and Superman reunite with their allies and Hawkgirl has an opportunity to save Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, the man who kind of put this whole adventure into motion. There's a lot of fighting, a lot of philosophizing, and a nice epilogue. However, the epilogue seems to open the door to even bigger things waiting in the wings.

I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the whole Dark Nights story. I understand its and Event series with lots of crossovers, but in my opinion, the main story and series should stand on its own. The various crossovers can add depth and let readers know how the "big event" is impacting their favorites characters, but they should not be required in order to understand the main story. And that's what happened with Dark Nights. With each issue, I felt like I had missed something, as the issues didn't really begin where the previous one ended. At times, characters referenced important events that happened in separate books. If that's the intent, then I'm fine with it, but it would be nice to know that I'm going to need to read every tie-in in order to understand the plot. Had I known that going in, I'm not sure I would have chosen to read this series. Also, I liked the epilogue, but it almost seems like Dark Nights was a series who's purpose was to set up future plot points and events in the DC Universe (or what's beyond it).

I like Scott Snyder and think he's has done, and is still doing, some amazing things with Batman. But I really wouldn't recommend Dark Nights: Metal #6, or any of the issues. If you enjoy big event comics, and don't mind reading a bunch of tie-ins, this might be right up your alley.

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

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