Dark Nights Death Metal #7
The finale of Dark Nights Death Metal is Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion FCO Plasencia and Tom Napolitano’s Crisis on Infinite Earths #12, Infinite Crisis #7 and Flashpoint #5. It’s the culmination of a big DC epic and sticking the landing to the next launching point of DC lands squarely at their feet.
Snyder set the stage nicely throughout the event and nailed the landing. Unlike many DC events that set the future up at the expense of the past, Snyder introduces a way that opens up a wealth of storytelling possibilities for the writers bold enough to tackle those plot threads.
Most of the focus is on Wonder Woman as she considers the proposition of He Who Laughs, who promises what seems like the best solution in the face of another multiverse wide restart.
Ultimately, Diana’s choice sets up a very intriguing path for the immediate next direction of DC with Future State and the next line wide initiative Infinite Future.
Snyder also opens the door for writers to fix some mistakes from previous writers with the tease of some returning characters. It will be fascinating to see which characters will remain in their current condition or be returned to a sense of prominence.
Capullo’s dedication on this series has been commendable. There were many pages he could have gone the easy route with a blurred or basic background and instead he packed as many characters as could conceivably be made out as possible.
These background characters were tackled with just as much focus and precision as the main focus characters. It’s a testament to Capullo’s status as an all-time major league artist and speaks to his commitment to giving Death Metal his all.
Glapion’s ink work is just as noteworthy as he ensures all the proper visual cues are properly conveyed. Plascencia’s striking colors gives the issue a grand epic finale feel.
Following the big final battle, Yanick Paquette and Bryan Hitch handle some additional epilogue pages.
With Death Metal, Snyder and Capullo hand the immediate and eventual future off to the next era of DC creators. Hopefully they’ll be able to make the most of this refresh of the DC line.
Rating: 10 out of 10