Review by: Andrew Gaedele Dark Knights Metal #3 Written by: Scott Snyder Art by: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia Published by: DC Comics Released: 10/11/2017
What is This: Metal has been a wild ride so far, and issue #3 is no different. There is continuity callbacks, references for fans who know their stuff, and just overall fun. Seeing the Anti-Monitor’s tower again, seeing Nightmare and Detective Chimp, and seeing more of the evil Batmen in action are three of the highlights of this issue.
The Story: At the beginning of this issue, we jump right back into where Metal #2 left off. Superman is pulled into a magical pocket dimension type place called the Oblivion Bar, where all the other remaining heroes are left. After deliberation, teams are formed and missions are decided - find more of the special metals that can actually hurt the evil Batmen, and save Bruce.
This issue is particularly good because it comes after the Gotham Resistance crossover storyline, and because we have a background on some of the Batmen due to their one-shot origin stories. We get to see Nightwing beating himself up over the loss of the Teen Titans, and Damian actually act like a child that wants his dad back. When the Batmen come to attack the Oblivion Bar, we can appreciate each of their personalities a little bit more since we now know the origins of the Red Death, the Murder Machine, and the Dawnbreaker.
This issue is another home run for Scott Snyder. Action, tension, secret plans and machinations, and creepy villains make this issue a worthy entry into the Metal catalogue. I enjoyed this issue the most so far.
Final Thoughts: the ending of this issue makes it particularly hard to wait two months for Metal #4. Clark is so hopeful and optimistic that he’s on the way to save Bruce, only to fall right into the Dark Multiverse trap that Bruce was actually trying to warn him about. I can’t wait to see where this takes the story, with two of the biggest players in DC detained by darkness.
This issue gets a 9/10 from me. I anticipate that the whole metal event will be the best DC event in years, and that this issue will only get better as time goes on and we all have time to digest it.