Dark Nights: Metal #4
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Colored by: FCO Plascencia
Dark Nights: Metal #4 is here; ending the 2 month gap from the last chapter in this awesomely insane series. Thankfully, this issue was completely worth the wait! I will say that if you’ve been reading the tie-ins, you’ll have a much richer experience with the context of this issue. But, if you haven’t been reading the tie-ins: fear not! You’ll still be able to follow along and have fun with this book as long as you’ve read issues #1-3 and Batman: Lost.
We pick up where Dark Nights: Metal #3 left off, with Batman and Superman trapped in the Dark Multiverse. When Batman finds out Superman is trapped and being used as the “Great Battery” to pull the Earth into the Dark Multiverse, he resolves to rescue him, escape, and stop Barbatos using any means necessary. Meanwhile, the three teams of Wonder Woman and Doctor Fate, Aquaman and Deathstroke. and Green Lantern and Mister Terrific all run into their greatest roadblocks yet while trying to locate more Nth Metal.
One of the best parts of this issue is that it feels free of any setup. Issues #1-3 were all setting up the main plot and subplots in one way or another, which allows issue #4 to focus on dealing with character development and advancing the story. The story follows more than a dozen characters, yet Scott Snyder gives each of them time to shine and makes each of their roles feel important. Everything feels contained and coherent, which is amazing considering how much has happened throughout this series.
Greg Capullo and the rest of the art team have found the perfect tone for this series. The art matches the story perfectly and offers an enjoyable balance between zany and somber. When things seem too hopeless, there’s a crazy space battle to lighten things up. When things seem too silly, there’s somber imagery to remind you how high the stakes are.
Dark Nights: Metal is a series every DC fan should read. Is it perfect? No. But in every issue so far, the good has far outweighed the bad, and issue #4 is no exception. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo advance the year’s most insane DC Comics story with another unpredictable and thrilling entry.