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‘Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1’ (review)

Written by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Scott Snyder
Art by Karl Mostert, Norm Rapmund
Published by DC Comics


Some of these Tales from the Multiverse books have been pretty fun.

They are much like Marvel’s “What If?” series in giving the reader alternative looks at events that have occurred in the DC Universe. Some of these stories have fared better than others in this line of books.

This issue shows what happens if the Metal storyline went a different way.

We get a story where the Justice League has failed to beat Barbatos and things in the universe went down the tubes. We get to see that one of the heroes standing is none other than Duke Thomas.

Duke has to try to figure things out in this brand new landscape.

We get to see that Duke is the Last Monitor. Duke has to seek out some of the heroes who survived and try to form the Last Justice League. This may in fact prove to be much more difficult than Duke had thought.

We get to see a pretty interesting iteration of the DC Universe here. The most crazy thing of this whole story is when we meet Nightwing and see that he has transformed himself into a sort of guitar wielding maniac of a hero. We get to see Duke and Dick try to rebuild in this failing landscape.

It does get pretty wild and crazy.

And sadly it veers a bit too much in that direction. The story falls flat at the end and even made me shake my head a bit. It is a bit of a shame because they had something good and threw it away.

Ah, well. I am sure there will be more stories like this from this series coming out soon in short order.



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