Forging A New History For The DC Universe: Reviewing Dark Knights: Metal #2 From DC Comics

by Oliver MacNamee

Threads that have been dangling since the NuDC, threads that go back to Crisis On Infinite Earths and the dawn of the multiverse, and threads from Rebirth, are all coming together and slowly being stitched effortlessly by master storyteller Scott Snyder, who is creating a crossover event DC’s competition can only, well, marvel at.

Snyder references not only Krona, the curious scientist who witnesses a huge hand at the dawn of time (and one I was sure would–and may still do–be revealed as Dr. Manhattan’s in time, given the other big story about to kick off with Doomsday Clock in November), but Grant Morrison’s seminal Batman run (from which he extracts Barbatosa) and even his own classic run and The Court of Owls too, who are, as their name suggests, playing foul.

This is a DC comic series which is easily accessible, as Snyder includes just the right amount of exposition for anyone new to DC, but it’s one that hardcore DC fans, such as myself, will really enjoy, being almost a who’s who of characters we’ve seen in the new Rebirth and many we haven’t yet clapped eyes upon until now. There is a coherence and consistency forming to this new Rebirth universe, and it’s all thanks to Batman going off on one and, as always, thinking he’s the best man for the job. And, Snyder’s clear love for DC lore too. Just as the 80’s often referenced stories for 20 years previously, now the storytellers of DC are referencing stories I grew up with.

Greg Capullo, with John Glappion on inks, provides the stellar art one has come to expect from these two collaborators and controlled compositions to each page, considering how many characters are building up.

Batman is trying to avoid being exposed to a fifth and final DC universe metal, Batmanium, otherwise he will become a gateway for Barbatosa and his minions through which they can enter onto this earth, and so Batman is on the move and trying to hunt down the elusive Prince Khufu’s tomb (Hawkman’s ancient Egyptian identity) and zip back through time, using a call back to last year’s DC summer event, The Darkseid Wars. And there are some great moments in the story. too. A few unexpected twists throughout the book, and not just at the end. It keeps you on your toes, when you’re not character-spotting that is.

When I first hear the concept behind this series, I thought it sounded a bit duff, even coming from Snyder. But, I had faith and after only two issues, I’m excited enough to want the third issue right now. But, I suppose I’ll have to wait like everyone else.

A great story that’s designed to bring together a fragmented DC universe and DC history and forge a new identity for DC going forward, I think. And, we still haven’t been given Plastic Man yet. The best, I feel, is yet to come.

Roll on issue 3.

Metal #2 is out now from DC Comics.