Dark Knights Metal #1 Delivers a Very Welcome Surprise

The solicitations for this one look interesting, and Snyder and Capullo have already cemented their place as one of the best Batman teams ever.  I’m going in pretty much blind on this book, so I don’t know what to expect, but the covers promise lots of diamond plate steel.  Jim Lee’s variant cover has Diana in what looks to be an ill-fitting gray sweater, so I’m sure this’ll be wild.

Snyder drops his signature history lesson early in this one with Batman’s Fulcum Abominus speech.  It’s pretty cool.

JLA Voltron!!!  I appreciate the nod to Loeb and McGuinness’s Superman/Batman run.

The title page interrupts some naughty language, and I like it.  Very fun.  It’s a moment we see in film all the time, and I feel like they pulled it off here.

This art is underwhelming for Capullo.  It’s as solid as solid gets, but nothing’s wowing me.

Snyder has a great grasp of the team and their voices.  We’re subjected to 6 plus pages of exposition that feels breezy.  It appears that the cover art and introduction were a bit of misdirection.  We suddenly find ourselves knee-deep in a continuation of Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne story line.  I was a huge fan of this series, and the work Morrison has put into the DC Multiverse over the past ten years.  I am thrilled to see someone engaging it in such a direct way.

…and suddenly, another hard right turn.  I genuinely don’t want to spoil the surprise for any one, but, if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, apparently we’ll be rummaging around in his corner of the DC sandbox as well.  We end the issue on a very surprising and welcome twist.

Snyder has chosen an extremely ambitious task.  He’s taking on two of the most talented, inaccessible, and conceptually dense writers that DC has seen since the likes of Alan Moore and diving headlong into their DC lore.  I love it and I can’t wait for the next issue.  Four and a half out of five stars.

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