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Noteworthy Issues: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War Of The Multiverses #1 (December, 2020)

Battle rages in another Death Metals anthology issue.

Wait…another anthology issue?

Have any of these been particularly good?

Issue:  Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverse #1, December 2020

Writers:  Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Justin Jordan, Matthew Rosenberg, Magdalene Visaggio, Che Grayson, and Regine L. Sawyer

Artists:  Scott Kolins, Paul Pelletier, Inaki Miranda, Dexter Soy, Pop Mhan, Scott Koblish, Alex Maleev, Alitha Martinez, Michael Henderson, Rob Guillory, Norm Rapumund, and Mark Morales

The Plot:  Various DC characters battle their twisted counterparts from the Dark Multiverse

Commentary:  OK, this one was so freakin’ dull.  At least in some of the other stories, I found one or two stories that I liked.  This one?  Not so much.  Heck, some of them seemed even more pointless than anything so far.

It doesn’t help that the Wonder Woman story, showing her all powered up to fight the Batman Who Laughs in a final conflict (I hope) is perhaps supposed to be a framing device, with the Darkest Knight gleefully laughing off all attempts by Wonder Woman to make him see the truth with her Lasso of Hestia, saying how she and her comrades are doomed before his nihilistic might, and I see at the bottom of one page a caption that reads “Start interval” or some such, and the very next page has “end interval” at the top.  Was…there supposed to be an interval there?  Like, all the other stories?  Was that how it looked in the printed version or is that just how DC Infinite had it?

Because if that was the way it was everywhere, it looks like even the editors and creators of this issue/event stopped caring too.  That is not a good look.

From there, it’s just stories of different characters on the battlefield.  Some are expected.  Of course Superman will have one.  It’s one where he thinks he can talk one of his alternate selves into switching sides, and the characters seem to stand around a lot.  That one might have been worth it if Superman was right about his other self.  He wasn’t.  The story was pointless.

Batman found a revenant version of the Batman Who Laughs on the battlefield and basically convinced him to switch sides by pointing out that, under Dark Multiverse rules, if Batman dies, the Batman Who Laughs ceases to exist and can’t terrorize anyone anymore.  That was…kinda clever.

Lois Lane is there.  She confronts a hero-hating version of herself who kills heroes.  What does Lois hope to accomplish?  I have no idea.

The Penguin takes on three versions of himself.  He prevails by…turning into a giant raven?  Really?

Speaking of, Raven meets a bad version of herself and prevails to save the other Titans.  Nothing new there.

Oh, and Swamp Thing can take a dark version of himself down by just getting near him or something.

These are the stories you want to close out the Death Metal saga with, DC?  These are generally dull and/or generic.

That said, I did like one, mostly.  That was a John Constantine story, mostly because it was played for a bit of a chuckle with appropriate artwork from Chew‘s Rob Guillory.  But really, that was a lot of stuff to slog through to get to one where the Hellblazer sits down for a drink in a wrecked bar with his own Dark Multiverse double.

I am so over Death Metal.

Grade:  D