DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Death Metal crossover: full reading list explained

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With the first issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Death Metal, it’s officially summer season event season at DC Comics. To help you keep track of this non-stop joyride through the DC Universe– in a car that will just play the best of A/C/DC– here’s the rundown on Death Metal, and how to mark your calendar along with its issues and tie-ins.

What is DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal?

Death Metal is a spiritual follow up to Snyder and Capullo’s brain kid, Dark Nights Metal, 2017’s overblown, Heavy Metal- themed cosmic summer season crossover with Batman at its core. When Dark Nights Metal was over, the series had actually shaken the DC Universe to its structures, presented a breakout villain, and set the table for Snyder’s even more overblown run on Justice League. From Justice League sprang 2019’s Year of the Villain stories, and from the Year of the Villain came DeathMetal


The last we saw the Justice League, they were fighting Perpetua, the dark goddess who created deep space, and losing. They crossed a radiant portal, in the hopes of finding one last potential key to the multiverse’s redemption, and … that was it. Snyder’s run on Justice League ended in a great big To be continued in DeathMetal


” Something takes place in in between completion of Justice League and the start of [Death Metal] that’s part of the secret,” Snyder informed The Hollywood Press reporter when the series was announced, “and when this story starts, the heroes are really down and it seems as though DC Universe has been transformed in such a way that Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs have taken over.”

How do you check out the Dark Nights: Death Metal comics?

As modern-day summer season crossover events go, Death Metal is virtually sedate. There are 7 main issues to the story, each being released on a regular monthly basis beginning in June. In August, DC will release 2 tie-in one- shots. In September, the main story will take a break– most likely so that Capullo, who is drawing every issue, can catch up– and DC will release 3 tie-in one- shots.

The rest of the main story will be released when a month from October 2020 to January 2021– although Snyder has actually stated there are some unannounced tie-in issues in the works, depending on how well the series offers.

“In November and December we have some more killer specials AND X-overs planned as we near our giant finale,” the writer tweeted, “BUT how many we do depends on how you’re enjoying the event, what you say you want, all of it.”

To make things simple, here are all the Death Metal books and tie-ins that have actually been announced up until now, along with their official summaries. And when all else stops working, check Scott Snyder’s twitter account. He likes to make helpful homemade checklists on a whiteboard and updates them throughout hisevents


Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman on the cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal #1, DC Comics (2020.

Dark Nights: Death Metal # 1.

Image: Greg Capullo/DC Comics.


June 16: Dark Nights: Death Metal # 1: Prepare for the earth- shattering repetition! The famous team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take spotlight and reunite for one last trip. When the Earth is covered by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the grace of the Batman Who Chuckles. Humanity has a hard time to endure in a hellish landscape twisted beyond acknowledgment, while Batman, Marvel Lady, and Superman have actually all been separated and fight to endure. Release the monster and let the head banging begin!

Wonder Woman crouches on a blasted hellscape in front of a batman-themed monster truck. Inside the truck’s smashed windshield sits a stoic Batman. Atop the truck rides a withered Swamp Thing brandishing two lit torches, on the cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, DC Comics (2020).

Unlettered cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal # 2.

Image: Greg Capullo.


July 14: Dark Nights: Death Metal # 2: Prepare to shriek! Wonder Lady roars throughout the terrible Dark Multiverse landscape in the world’s most lunatic monster truck, with Swamp Thing riding shotgun! The 2 arrive at the ghoulish cemetery base of Batman and his army of zombies, however can the former friends stand each other long enough to form a plan and take back the world? Plus, what’s Lobo doing in space?

Do not miss out on the second chapter of the wildest flight in the DC Universe, from the epic team of author Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo!

Superman soars upwards out of magma on the unlettered cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, DC Comics (2020).

Unlettered cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal # 3.

Image: Greg Capullo/DC Comics.


Aug. 4: Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights: The DC Universe has actually ended up being swallowed up by the Dark Multiverse, where demons dwell and reality is overrun by monstrous variations of the Dark Knight, all ruled by the Batman Who Chuckles. In this collection of brief tales, find out the frightening secrets of these new Bats out of hell and other animals of the night like Robin King, whose origin is just the worst! Plus, checked out the secret buried below Castle Bat, the sentient Batmobile, and … how did Batman develop into a dinosaur?

Aug. 11: Dark Nights: Death Metal # 3: All aboard! When the Justice League releases its attack on New Apokolips, the team’s goal is to free Superman from his solarprison It all goes off the rails when they find out that the Male of Steel is gone for good thanks to the Anti-Life Formula. Plus, the deep secret of the Darkest Knight is revealed– however how much darker could the Batman Who Chuckles perhaps get? And do not miss out on the surprise return of everybody’s favorite wan na be Robin!

Wonder Woman lounges on a lava throne with her chainsaw, flanked by Aquaman, Harley Quinn, and massive hyena on the cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook, DC Comics (2020).

Dark Nights: Death Metal Manual.

Image: Yasmine Putri/DC Comics.

Aug. 18: Dark Nights: Death Metal Manual: Earth is turned upside down, shrouded in a world of darkness after the Justice League’s defeat by the cosmic goddess Perpetua. Now the Batman Who Chuckles and his army of Dark Knights rule the world, creating chaos on humanity and drizzling damage on theworld As Wonder Lady, Superman, Batman, and other heroes fight to endure in this weird new landscape, one masked figure has actually been observing from the sidelines, creating a manual to this new world and its wicked leaders in the hope of forming a plan of justice … and penance.

This issue showcases the new factions of Earth and checks out the secret of what occurred to our heroes after their battle with Perpetua. How does Marvel Lady, the new queen of Hell, reign over her detainees? What is Batman doing with the Black Lantern Ring? And what takes place when Harley Quinn takes charge of the Wasteland, and discovers love in the procedure? All this and more in this jam-issue checking out the new world order.

Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman face the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime, and Darkseid on the cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis, DC Comics (2020).

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis.

Image: Francis Manapul/DC Comics.


Sep. 8: Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis: With Superman devoid of his New Apokolips prison, the traditional Trinity lineup is reunited and all set to rock! Wonder Lady, Batman, and Superman amp up their power to introduce an attack on Castle Bat, which’s just the warm-up act! 3 walking problems are hidden deep inside the fortress– however these Dark Multiverse variations of the Anti-Monitor, Superboy Prime, and Darkseid hold the key to humanity’s survival. The Justice League need to face down their old banes, however will round 2 be completion for our heroes?

Sep. 22: Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal: It’s the drag race from hell in this one- shot tie-in to Dark Nights: Death Metal! Taking place after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal # 3, the Darkest Knight wants Wally West and his Dr. Manhattan powers. Fortunately, Wally has backup in the kind of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, and Wallace West! It’s a knockdown, drag-out race through the Wastelands as the Flash Family attempts to remain steps ahead of the Darkest Knight and his Lightning Knights!

President Superman, Captain Carrot, Guy Gardner, Uncle Sam, Owlman, Vampire Batman and more cling to the side of a structure for their lives, on the cover of Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End, DC Comics (2020).

Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End.

Image: Michael Golden/DC Comics.

Sep. 29: Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End: Perpetua, mother of all presence, has actually chosen all life and creation in the Multiverse, condensing all beings to one world: Earth-Prime. In her quest for power and supremacy, she rules definitely and in totality, using her children– the Monitors and Anti-Monitors– as her destructors and heralds. A group of heroes has actually banded together throughout numerous worlds in a last- ditch effort to stop her from ruining all of presence: Owlman, President Superman, Iris West, Captain Carrot, Person Gardner, and others have actually picked to make their final stand in a battle they’re predestined to lose!


Oct. 13: Dark Nights: Death Metal # 4: Official summary and cover yet to bereleased



Date TBD: Dark Nights: Death Metal # 5, Dark Nights: Death Metal # 6, Dark Nights: Death Metal # 7, and possibly other tie-inissues


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