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Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order, a DC Comics event introducing the dark multiverse

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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?

Like any big comic book event, you don’t really need to read anything as all the information necessary should be provide in the story! The event kicked off with a two-issue prelude titled Dark Days, collected in Dark Days: The Road to Metal as well as in the Dark Nights Metal Omnibus – which are the issues you shouldn’t miss before diving into the main event.

For those interested in exploring for more backstories, Dark Nights: Metal event builds on elements introduced during Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman during the New 52 era. This run is collected in two omnibuses, but the most important issues for Metal are the last part of the run, collected in the second omnibus.

If you want to familiarize yourself a little with the myths of Barbatos, you can check out The Return of Bruce Wayne by Grant Morrison.

Dark Nights: Metal Comics Reading Order, the Collected Editions

Dark Nights Metal in One Big Omnibus

Evil Dark Knights from the multiverse have risen! Only Batman and the world’s greatest superheroes can save the multiverse! Get the entire Dark Nights Metal story in one heart-pounding collection. 744 pages!

  • Dark Nights Metal Omnibus
    Collects Dark Nights: Metal #1-6, tie-in stories from Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, Batman: The Red Death #1, Batman: The Devastator #1, Batman: The Merciless #1, Batman: The Murder Machine #1, Batman: The Drowned #1, Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1, Dark Nights: The Batman Who Laughs #1, Batman: Lost #1, Hawkman: Found #1, Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1, Nightwing #29, The Flash #33, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32, Green Arrow #32, Suicide Squad #26, Teen Titans #12, and Justice League #32-33.

Dark Nights Metal in Deluxe and Absolute

The main event has also been collected in Deluxe Edition (an oversized hardcover comic reprint format) and in Absolute Edition (a larger, slipcased edition with a few extra content).

Dark Nights: Metal, all the trade paperbacks

Outside of the omnibus, the whole event has been collected in several paperbacks. 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.

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Dark Nights: Metal, an Issue by Issue Reading Order

  • Dark Days: The Forge #1
  • Dark Days: The Casting #1
  • 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)
Robins from Earth-22 in Nightwing #29
  • 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

Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order

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 solidify the new status quo.

In the aftermath, new DC Comics lines hit the shelves:

Last Updated on April 17, 2024.

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