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Dark Days: The Road to Metal Paperback – January 8, 2019
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The unforgettable team of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. and Andy Kubert combine forces to set the stage for the epic Dark Nights: Metal. Leading directly into this blockbuster event, 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!
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“A multiversal superhero epic… A strong foundation for the upcoming miniseries.” —A.V. Club
“Each prelude issue to DC’s new mega event is crazier than the one that came before… All kinds of crazy.” —Nerdist
“If you’re going to do an explosive saga, then you better pack your biggest guns. Guns don’t get much bigger than Snyder, Lee, Romita Jr., and Kubert.” —Comicosity
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- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 140128762X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401287627
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.48 x 10.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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01 DARK DAYS:THE ROAD TO METAL The Road to Metal Dark Days: The Forge #1
02 DARK DAYS:THE ROAD TO METAL Dark Days: The Casting #1
03 Dark Nights: Metal #1
04 Dark Nights: Metal #2
05 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Red Death #1
06 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Murder Machine #1
07 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Gotham Resistance - Teen Titans #12
08 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Gotham Resistance - Nightwing #29
09 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Gotham Resistance - Suicide Squad #26
10 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Gotham Resistance - Green Arrow #32
11 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Dawnbreaker #1
12 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Drowned #1
13 Dark Nights: Metal #3
14 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Batman Lost #1
15 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Merciless #1
16 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Bats Out of Hell - The Flash #33
17 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Bats Out of Hell - Justice League #32
18 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Bats Out of Hell - Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #32
19 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Bats Out of Hell - Justice League #33
20 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman The Devastator #1
21 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Batman Who Laughs #1
22 Dark Nights: Metal #4
23 DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE RESISTANCE Hawkman Found #1
24 Dark Nights: Metal #5
25 DARK NIGHTS: THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt
26 Dark Nights: Metal #6
On the flipside, the rest of the book is a smattering of Final Crisis, (The Return of Bruce Wayne?), Endgame, and Nightwing that will leave you scratching your head. If you're a person who needs extra background, this will confuse the hell out of you even more. And if you're like me, and you actually read all of those previously, you'll go "okay, I guess that was a refresher of sorts," but it's too jarring to really enhance your understanding or enjoyment of Metal.
TL;DR-The first two issues have new info, but don't justify the purchase. The rest of the book is a messy, hard to follow collection of previous stories.
The extended material in this collection offer context to the main themes of the impending “dark crisis” teases within the preludes, as well as pointers to clues sprinkled throughout Snyder’s New 52 run on Batman, around whom the event is primarily going to unfold. For those already invested invested in collecting DC comics’ greatest outings, the issues ripped from Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne (both by Grant Morrison of Bat-defining repute) will likely be repeats in your collection. In spite of this, I found the inclusion of these issues to be interesting for the purpose of teasing what themes will be explored, and what history will be expanded upon, in the upcoming event. For those up to date on New-52-and-beyond material for Batman and the Bat-family, the other issues included will likely be repeats, but again offer clues to what the upcoming event will cover, especially those clues embedded within Snyder’s run on Batman.
Overall, while the preludes are the only explicitly “new” material included in this collection, for those excited to delve into the Dark Nights: Metal event, this edition will offer insight, context, and teases into the “dark crisis” to come, all wrapped up in a high-quality hardcover with a snazzy foil dust-cover.
By Telee on September 18, 2020
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If I was going to rate the Forge and the Casting I would have given this 4 stars because the artwork was great, lots of guest stars but a little lacking in the action department for me.
I really did not like Final Crisis, it felt too rushed to me and I am not a fan of the DC terminology that I had the buy ever DC book at the time to fully understand every aspect of it. Though I was happy Batman got a decisive role in it. The Return of Bruce Wayne was a better storyline for me, but this only contained issue 1 of the six part mini series. I saw the thin thread to Metal in it but still not impressed.
Towards the end, I get Batman Endgame part 4 and 5, then Nightwing 17? Why was the last story there? I would have preferred if they swapped that one for the Endgame part 6. Why not give the ending to the Endgame which does relates Metal instead of a story of the first and last Robin arguing about their legacy?
The final story though short I really. It reminded me who Tom/Red Robin is my fave as far as the Robins go. Also shows his is the closest one to actually be able to think like Batman/Bruce Wayne.
A good beginning and ending, but no matter how they relate not my favorite Batman stories in the middle. I did like the variant covers at the end of every issue. It. Oils have been better but an overall OK.
It’s also like they put it in there to make the whole book bigger and look full. I get it, but kinda wanted more.