We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia
James R: Reader, I bought it. After being underwhelmed by the prelude to Dark Nights, the old fanboy in me caved in and decided "Well, one issue won't hurt..." Kudos has to go to Scott Snyder for taking the 'up to 11' approach with DC's summer event - from page one, Snyder goes all-in and full-on. Firstly, in terms of action: like a Bond movie, Metal starts with the Justice League mid-mission against Mongul, featuring DC's icons forming into a Voltron-style mecha to win the day, and it doesn't really let up from there. Secondly, Snyder fully embraces the giant and wholly irrational history of the DCU, incorporating elements from Grant Morrison's Final Crisis, and a final-page appearance from... well, I won't spoil it, but a character from the Vertigo imprint's golden age. It also features Batman riding a dinosaur, which is almost worth the cover price alone. For all this though, I still felt a little underwhelmed. Call it cynicism, call it event fatigue - whatever, - but I still didn't feel the sense of giddy anticipation and excitement that I would expect from a book this epic, and created by a team this good. Like a summer movie blockbuster, it's enjoyable enough, just don't expect it to sweep the (Parad)Oscars at the end of the year. 7/10