Dark Nights Metal #5 Ramps things up and sets the comic event for an awesome climax in this penultimate issue of Scott Snyder’s Magnum Opus. With the Justice League scattered across the DC Universe in search of Nth Metal and Batman and Superman still searching for a way to escape the darkness, Barbatos and his Dark Knights march ever closer to their goal of taking over the multiverse. Metal #5 is filled with great dialogue and a sense of conclusion building up, as Scott Snyder lets the Batman Who Laughs take center stage in this issue. Overall in terms of story structure and pacing, Metal has taken it’s time in the main series getting where it needs to go, with plenty of tie in issue in-between keeping readers enthralled in the DC event. With all the pieces coming together, Metal #5 is the best issue yet.
With a focus on the Batman who laughs, Snyder is really able to flex his writing skills in writing what is probably the most sinister character he has created yet. Tasked by Barbatos to take care of the Justice League, the issue starts bringing everything set up in the past issues together excellently, and showing that maybe the antagonist of the story is right, maybe all roads do lead to darkness…
That is, until you see things from the perspective of the Justice League. Despite all these seemingly insurmountable odds and obstacles thrown their way throughout the series, the League has stayed strong throughout all of it, and this couldn’t be more evident than in this issue. Switching between the perspectives of Batman and Superman and the rest of the League, we see a Batman with a new sense of purpose and hope that will not give up in trying to escape back to his reality. Add to that the League fighting to keep the Nth Metal even though they were seemingly set up by Barbatos to basically go retrieve it for him, and you’ve got one of the best examples of heroism in comics today. Wonder Woman’s arc in this issue and her coming face to face with the Batman who laughs is the most inspiring of them all, as she rises up to the occasion despite the odds being against her.
The art by Greg Capullo is as excellent as ever, with the artwork in this issue highlighting the title of METAL more than ever. The way he menacingly draws The Batman Who Laughs as well as illustrating the expressions of a League still fighting strong after being put through hell were done excellently as well. Despite still maintaining a slow pace, we can at least se the direction Snyder is taking the series in for it’s exciting conclusion to come in issue 6. The inspiring message of never giving up hope despite the odds is no doubt one of the best parts of the issue, as Scott Snyder and co. manage to deliver that message in the most Metal and insane way possible. Needless to say, the Comic Corner team is very much looking forward to the final issue of this amazing event. – Ernesto Valenzuela
GRADE – 9/10