This is an issue that seems to suffer somewhat from mid-series fatigue and a reliance on fans having read the handful of tie-ins released between this issue and issue 2’s shocking reveal of the Dark Multiverse’s Batman-inspired villainous crooks. It’s full of exposition and overcrowded dialogue as Scott Snyder tries to tie together the various plot points that have been explored in these tie-in one shots into one coherent story, while explaining away a huge event we haven’t even seen. It feels a bit like Morrison’s Final Crisis in that way; with Morrisons’ insistence that a story of world conquering powers battling god-like people would be better seen from the street level and, often, after the main action took place off page. As, such, it’s not of the same quality as the first two installments in this, thus far, great series that remixes everything good about the DC universes of the past and creating something coherent, familiar but still fresh.
The heroes all team-up and peel off, one member in each team possessing the mystical Nth metal in an attempt to prevent the forces of the Dark Multiverse seeping into our universe as it seems to have successfully done in other past of the multiverse.
Scott Snyder brings together elements of Crisis On Infinite Earths, Grant Morrison’s Mulitiversity as well as a nod to more established corners of the DC universe, all lavishly illustrated by Greg Capullo and inked by Jonathan Glapion. But, without reading these tie-ins, I feel I’ve missed out on an awful lot of story and a grand battle depicted elsewhere other than within the pages of this series, where surely it would have been better placed.
Still, by the second half of the issue, the momentum, and story, starts building as Superman thinks he knows how to penetrate the barrier between this world and the dark multiverse only to find that not only is Batman a bit too clever for his own good, but also that fools should never step in where angels fear to tread.
It’s not a great issue, but its has its moment. An inquisitive Deathstroke asking Aquaman how mermaids ‘function’, for one, adds some much needed humour to these darker days, but for me any mention of Detective Chimp or the way our heroes stoically and sternly refers to the dormant Plastic Man as ‘Plastic Egg’ is okay with me!
And, just like you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, it would seem you can’t defeat a Dark Multiverse without breaking the odd Plastic Egg either.
Hmmm, I wonder if Funko have thought about THAT for a future figure?
Dark Nights: Metal #3 is available now from DC Comics priced $3.99.