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Published in 2017, Dark Nights: Metal is a Batman Event written by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The two collaborators are back with a new ambitious story about the mysterious Nth metal and the dark multiverse.
Investigating a strange metal, Batman discovers the existence of a dark multiverse and eventually releases seven evil versions of himself into his own universe. That event is led by Barbatos, the dark god who plans to unleash darkness across every Earth. Stopping him will change the DC Universe forever.
What to read before Dark Nights: Metal?
The Dark Nights: Metal event builds on elements introduced in Batman: Court of Owls and during the rest of the Snyder/Capullo run on the main bat New 52 series (see Batman New 52 Reading Order). If you want to familiarize yourself with the myths of Barbatos, you could take a look at Grant Morrison’s epic Batman run, more specifically at The Return of Bruce Wayne storyline.
That said, the easiest introduction is probably to read what DC collected in Dark Days: The Road to Metal (more details in the collected editions section at the end of the article).
Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order:
Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order, the Collected Editions:
As usual, the trade collecting the tie-ins put together all of the issues, whatever their order.
- Dark Days: The Road to Metal
Collects Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1, as well as classic DC stories that built the foundations of Metal, including Final Crisis #6-7, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, Nightwing #17 and more.
- Dark Nights: Metal
Collects Dark Nights: Metal #1-6, and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 and Batman Lost #1.
- Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
Collects the seven Dark Nights: Batman tie-in one-shots and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1.
- Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
Collects “Gotham Resistance” (Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32) and “Bats Out Of Hell” (The Flash #33, Justice League #32-33, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #32), plus Batman Lost #1 and Hawkman Found #1.
Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order: Issue by Issue
- Dark Days: The Forge
- Dark Days: The Casting
- Dark Nights: Metal #1
- Dark Nights: Metal #2
- Teen Titans #12 (Gotham Resistance tie-in)
- Nightwing #29 (Gotham Resistance tie-in)
- Suicide Squad #26 (Gotham Resistance tie-in)
- Green Arrow #32 (Gotham Resistance tie-in)
- Batman The Red Death (tie-in connected to the Flash)
- Batman The Murder Machine (tie-in connected to Cyborg)
- Batman The Dawnbreaker (tie-in connected to Green Lantern)
- Batman The Drowned (tie-in connected to Aquaman)
- Batman The Merciless (tie-in connected to Wonder-Woman)
- Batman The Devastator (tie-in connected to Superman)
- Dark Nights: Metal #3
- The Flash #33 (Bats Out of Hell tie-in)
- Justice League #32 (Bats Out of Hell tie-in)
- Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #32 (Bats Out of Hell tie-in)
- Justice League #33 (Bats Out of Hell tie-in)
- Batman Lost (tie-in)
- The Batman Who Laughs (tie-in)
- Dark Nights: Metal #4
- Hawkman Found
- Dark Nights: Metal #5
- Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1
- Dark Nights: Metal #6
After Dark Nights: Metal
The events of Dark Nights: Metal have transformed the universe in mysterious ways that are explored in Justice League: No Justice, a 4-part miniseries used to relaunch the leagues and solidified the new status quo.
In the aftermath, new DC Comics lines hit the shelves:
- The New Age of DC Heroes: Debuting new characters and stories related to the repercussions of Dark Nights: Metal.
- Year of the Villain: An exploration of the repercussions of Dark Nights: Metal event from the villains’ perspective.
- The Batman Who Laughs: a miniseries by Scott Snyder about the breakout star of Dark Nights: Metal. See also our reading order dedicated to the character.
- Tales from the Dark Multiverse: A series of one-off comics that take some of DC’s most famous events and put a tragic twist on them.
- Finally, there’s a sequel: Dark Nights: Death Metal.
Last Updated on October 17, 2021.