Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #6  

by Carl Bryan
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Review:  Dark Nights: Death Metal #6   


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Jonathan Glapion and Greg Capullo

Letters: Tom Napolitano

Colors: ECO Plascencia  

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan



“God!  I wish I still had my hair.  Look at you…fiend!” – Lex Luthor coveting Superman’s long locks

It’s the sixth issue of the Metal Encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour.
The battle rages as the entire DC Universe stands against the Darkest Knight! Villains fight alongside heroes working as one to banish this demon from the deepest corners of the Dark Multiverse. Meanwhile, the Robin King lurks nearby, his army of Groblins in wait. The dogs of war are loose and no one is safe.


We are full engaged in battle.  Diana has the fleet of Lobos at her disposal to acquire the Journal and build what can defeat The Batman Who Laughs (TBWL).

TBWL and Perpetua are engaged in a battle like no other for supremacy at creating their own worlds.  Superman and Batman are leading the ground attack against the TBWL’s minions….(or is it maxions because these are some tough enemies).

It’s a revelation issue, a walk down memory lane, and a Wonder Woman achieving a level unparalled.  Told you that she is reaching unprecedented power levels.   

Capullo puts on a show, but the scenes that are just Lobo(s) and Wonder Woman are the best as that intimate look in the dark as they are seeking the journal to build what will defeat The Batman Who Laughs. 

The battle scenes are messy, busy, but are to be expected with so much rich characters to draw upon.



Originally, I thought that the Batman Who Laughs was one of the most original concepts we have seen in a long long time.  Snyder took the one of the most “hated” villains and combined the personality with one of the most “darkest” heroes and came up with an entity that is worthy of doing things on a “worldly level”.  However, this elongated shadow version of TBWL is not the cup of tea I expected.  

Snyder plays the long ball (and it has been a long haul with this TBWL character) a bit differently than I anticipated.  Side streets with the Grim Knight were awesome, but then injecting the virus into Commissioner Gordon and subsequent branches seemed to take advantage of our excitement over TBWL.

Again, we need more Grim Knight and I hope that is not the last we hear of that character.  I also hope we get back to TBWL one day in the version he was created to be.  The Robin King manifested himself into being arguably more powerful than TBWL.

But right now, the only thing we have going for this reviewer is Wonder Woman (kudos again to Greg Capullo on his renderings of her with blue tips)…and maybe that is enough



No spoilers but Wonder Woman reaches another level…understandably when Gal Gadot is as golden as she could be for the holidays.  We are simply too far down the Multiverse hole to not see how this ends.  But this issue seems to be on “delay game” to buy a bit more time as we march to the ending of Death Metal.  Has it overstayed its welcome?  Maybe… 



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