Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reader's Diary #2038- Scott Snyder (writer), Greg Capullo (artist): Dark Nights Metal

I've read a few Scott Snyder books now and I can safely say, the dude has a pretty out-there imagination. I think it's great when focused (Swamp Thing) but less so when unrestrained (AD). Dark Nights Metal is somewhere in between.

It definitely doesn't feel like a Batman story and that's fine by be as he's one of my least favourite superheroes. Batman is the central character in this ensemble piece and it feels more like a Justice League Dark book than a Justice League book. John Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna do at least make an appearance (that corner of DC has always been my favourite). Essentially, it takes an evil parallel world (think "the Upside Down" of Stranger Things) but cranks it up to a heavy metal degree by giving the 52 Multiverses of DC Comics lore each their own gothic versions.

One distraction for me, and not one really to blame on Snyder but on all of these "event" stories of DC and Marvel, is that I focus on other superheroes I know that never make an appearance yet we get no explanation. Where, for example, was Supergirl during all of this?

The ending I found a bit weaker, a bit rushed, but not terrible by any stretch.

Greg Capullo does a fantastic job with the art with a healthy blend of Marilyn Manson via Steve Ditko that complements Snyder's dark psychedelia perfectly.

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