Two issues in, Dark Nights: Metal is certainly living up to its name. This miniseries is louder and more boisterous than anything writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have tackled in the past. But it’s not all spectacle and zany superhero action with this book. Metal is also proving itself to be a story that builds on past Batman stories in meaningful ways while building a conflict that touches nearly every corner of the DCU.
Enjoyable though Metal #1 was, that issue did tend to get bogged down in exposition in its middle act. That problem doesn’t completely fade away in Metal #2, but the pacing is more consistent and rapid as Snyder and Capullo tear open the boundary between the DCU and the Dark Multiverse. The fact that much of this issue is presented as a true race against time, with nearly every active hero joining in the manhunt for Batman, helps give Metal all the urgency it needs. It does seem like Snyder’s script a little overly prone to explaining things rather than just asking readers to roll with the punches, but on the other hand, there’s a lot going on here. It’s commendable how accessible Snyder is able to make this story despite how heavily it draws from his own past work and that of Grant Morrison. Along with Peter Tomasi, Snyder seems to be the only writer interested in acknowledging stories like Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne, much less building on them.
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