Writer: Scott Snyder / Artist: Greg Capullo / DC Comics
Every time I read Dark Nights: Metal I find myself having to take a break after five pages or so to come up for air. With such a rich, deeply connected story to tell in only six issues, the content can feel incredibly dense at times. Which can be a blessing and a curse.
If you’re looking for a light enjoyable read with a buildup, climax, and immediate resolution, this isn’t the series for you. But if you’re looking for something that has new, jaw-dropping developments at every turn, you’ve come to the right place.
Snyder’s come up with some of the most awe-inspiring concepts in comics in recent years and Dark Nights: Metal is earning its place in that group simply because of its high aspirations. Meanwhile, Capullo draws characters that come straight out of the nightmares you make yourself forget about.
It takes a crazy amount of skill to walk into a room full of loose threads and tie them together in a way that you can still walk around freely and explore the connections enough to tell a satisfying story. Thus far, the pair has done just that.
In this issue, we’re past the halfway point of the story and need to start bringing our characters to the places they’ll end up for their final showdowns as the stakes continue to raise with every new character introduction. I’m just hoping we can get the necessary closure in 44 pages of story.
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