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Dark Days: The Road to Metal Hardcover – May 22, 2018
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From the Publisher
“It's impossible not to be excited for Metal after this.” —IGN
“A multiversal superhero epic… featuring an all-star creative team embracing the wide scope of DC mythology to create a strong foundation for the upcoming miniseries.” —A.V. Club
“Each prelude issue to DC’s new mega event is crazier than the one that came before.” —Nerdist
“If you’re going to do a explosive saga, then you better pack your biggest guns. Guns don’t get much bigger than Snyder, Lee, Romita, Jr, and Kubert.” —Comicosity
About the Author
Scott Snyder is a #1 New York Times best-selling writer and one of the most critically acclaimed scribes in all of comics. His works include ALL-STAR BATMAN, BATMAN, BATMAN: ETERNAL, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short-story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley.
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The extended material in this collection offer context to the main themes of the impending “dark crisis” teases within the preludes, as well as pointers to clues sprinkled throughout Snyder’s New 52 run on Batman, around whom the event is primarily going to unfold. For those already invested invested in collecting DC comics’ greatest outings, the issues ripped from Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne (both by Grant Morrison of Bat-defining repute) will likely be repeats in your collection. In spite of this, I found the inclusion of these issues to be interesting for the purpose of teasing what themes will be explored, and what history will be expanded upon, in the upcoming event. For those up to date on New-52-and-beyond material for Batman and the Bat-family, the other issues included will likely be repeats, but again offer clues to what the upcoming event will cover, especially those clues embedded within Snyder’s run on Batman.
Overall, while the preludes are the only explicitly “new” material included in this collection, for those excited to delve into the Dark Nights: Metal event, this edition will offer insight, context, and teases into the “dark crisis” to come, all wrapped up in a high-quality hardcover with a snazzy foil dust-cover.
If the first half were by itself and the rest of the stuff was more collected and coherent, easy 5 stars.
The new stuff we get is “The Forge” by Scott Snyder and “The Casting” by James Tynion IV. The writing is insufferable. The DCU is facing its biggest threat ever… AGAIN and it’s ALL about Batman who is always 10 steps ahead of everyone else despite some moments of unintentional ridiculousness by the Dark Knight. Early in ‘The Forge’, Batman is travelling within a volcano in a huge protective suit when the computer warns, ‘pressure mounting’. Batman tells the computer to ‘compensate’ and when it states that the, ‘suit will not hold’, Batman yells, ‘I SAID COMPENSATE, DAMN IT!’ Does that mean Batman designed his suit AI to perform better if yelled at with mild profanity? This is the kind of stupidity that I find so grating and distracting when I’m trying to enjoy a story.
Beside “The Forge” and “The Casting” we also get Final Crisis #6 and 7 from 2009 and “The Return of Bruce Wayne” #1 from 2010, both by Grant Morrison. The book also includes “Endgame” parts four and five by Scott Snyder from 2015, “Nightwing Must Die!” part two by Tim Seeley from 2017 and a four-page story called “The BIG Picture” by James Tynion IV from 2017. Do these stories have some common theme to build off of? Not as far as I can tell. Perhaps when I read Dark Nights: Metal everything will become clear but at this point all I have a bunch of incomplete stories, most of which I already owned, some of which leave off on cliffhangers. Nice.
I haven’t read the six issue Dark Nights: Metal series yet but I’ve been reading the follow up by Scott Snyder, “No Justice” and as far as I’m concerned it’s pretty vapid and pointless. If I were a comic publisher would I employ Scott Snyder? Hell, yeah. Every single issue of Metal was in the top 2 of comic sales for its respective month. That’s ALL comic sales, not just DC. Unlike some big events it had sustained sales and didn’t really tail off as some will do if the fans aren’t getting in to the story. I think a lot of readers see Snyder as bold and edgy but I find his writing silly and ponderous. Maybe it’s a generational thing. I’ve had issues with writers like Grant Morrison and Tom King but along with some really bad stuff they’ve also produced some amazing writing. Snyder is the most inexplicably popular bad writer I’ve ever seen and at the risk of being really mean he borrows other writer’s ideas and styles so often that his work borders on plagiarism. There, I said it.
Snyder and crew have outdone themselves with the storytelling for Metal and this first collected edition sets the bar high for the following hardcovers to come.
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