Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order Checklist

Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order Checklist

There’s something big brewing in the DC Universe. What it is we are not sure of just yet, but whatever is lurking in the dark corners of reality has Batman on the case to find out the answer. With Dark Nights: Metal, DC Comics’ latest comic book event, we get to see what lurks in these corners and the potential horrors they bring. Created by the legendary Batman team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Dark Nights: Metal looks like it will be massive in scale, full of crazy action and ideas.

Big events, especially ones with lots of tie-ins can be confusing to new readers and veterans alike. To help make things simple I’ve put together the Dark Nights: Metal Reading Order Checklist. Not only does it give the reading order to this massive story, but also the creative teams, release dates and other helpful notes. Soon you’ll able to dive headfirst into Dark Nights: Metal and thoroughly enjoy it without worry.

Happy reading!

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Dark Nights: Metal #1 cover by Greg Capullo.

Dark Nights: Metal #1 cover by Greg Capullo.

Do I Need To Read The Tie-Ins?

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: As you’ll see below, there are a hell of a lot of tie-ins for this event. But just because they’re listed there doesn’t mean you need to read them all. They’re totally optional side stories which add a little extra to the main story, but shouldn’t be required to get a full story.

Here are a few options you can take when it comes to reading Dark Nights: Metal:

  1. Read Dark Nights: Metal #1-6 (That’s the main story)
  2. Read the Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting (Those are prelude issues) + Dark Nights: Metal #1-6
  3. Read Dark Nights: Metal #1-6 + Prelude Issues + any tie-in that appeals to you
  4. Everything

It’s totally up to you on how much you read, based on your enjoyment and interest in the story plus your budget.

Batman #452 cover by Mike Mignola. Dark Knight, Dark City Part 1.

Batman #452 cover by Mike Mignola.

Background Reading

Want to read hints and comics which inspired Dark Nights: Metal? Then these are the comics you should be checking out.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Run

While not essential reading to understand what’s going on, there are many references to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman run in the preludes. Bleeding Cool has collected some of the scenes that were referenced from their run here. WARNING: There may be spoilers so it’s up to you if you want to be spoiled.

Dark Knight, Dark City

This story introduced the Bat-Demon Barbathos into the DC mythology.

The Return of Bruce Wayne

This is the other appearance of the Bat-Demon Barbathos.

Nightwing #17 and Detective Comics 950

Both of these have hints to Dark Nights: Metal coming up.

Hawkman: Endless Flight

For those who want to know more about the Hawkman mythology.

Dark Day: The Forge cover by Jim Lee.

Dark Day: The Forge cover by Jim Lee.


Dark Days: The Forge (Prelude)
Written by Scott Snyder and James T Tynion IV. Art by John Romita Jr. and Andy Kubert.
Available from June 14th.

Dark Days: The Casting (Prelude)
Written by Scott Snyder and James T Tynion IV. Art by John Romita Jr., Jim Lee and Andy Kubert.
Available from July 12th.

NOTE: Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting will also be packaged together in a Director’s Cut edition, with never before seen extras. This will be available October 11th.

Dark Nights: Metal #2 cover by Greg Capullo.

Dark Nights: Metal #2 cover by Greg Capullo.

Dark Nights: Metal

Dark Nights: Metal (1 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from August 16th.

Dark Nights: Metal (2 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from September 13th.

Teen Titans #12 (tie-in – Gotham Resistance – Part 1)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Mirka Andolfo.
Available from September 13th.

Batman: The Red Death (tie-in)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Carmine Di Giandomenico.
Available from September 20th.

Nightwing #29 (tie-in – Gotham Resistance – Part 2)
Written by Tim Seeley. Art by Paul Pelletier.
Available from September 20th.

Batman: The Murder Machine (tie-in)
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Ricardo Federici.
Available from September 27th.

Suicide Squad #26 (tie-in – Gotham Resistance – Part 3)
Written by Rob Williams. Art by Stjepan Sejic.
Available from September 27th.

Batman: The Dawnbreaker (tie-in)
Written by Sam Humpheries. Art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Available from October 4th.

Green Arrow #32 (tie-in – Gotham Resistance – Part 4)
Written by Benjamin Percy. Art by Juan Ferrerya.
Available from October 4th.

Dark Nights: Metal (3 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from October 11th.

Batman: The Drowned (tie-in)
Written by Dan Abnett. Art by Philip Tan.
Available from October 18th.

Batman: The Merciless (tie-in)
Written by Peter J. Tomasi. Art by Francis Manapul.
Available from October 25th.

The Flash #33 (tie-in – Bats Out Of Hell – Part 1)
Written by Joshua Williamson. Art by Howard Porter.
Available from October 25th.

Batman: The Devastator (tie-in)
Written by Frank Tieri. Art by Tony S. Daniel.
Available from November 1st.

Justice League #32 (tie-in – Bats Out Of Hell – Part 2)
Written by Robert Venditti and Joshua Williamson. Art by Liam Sharp.
Available from November 1st.

Batman Lost (tie-in)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Doug Mahnke, Jamie Mendoza, Yanick Paquette, and Jorge Jimenez.
Available from November 8th.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 (tie-in – Bats Out Of Hell – Part 3)
Written by Robert Venditti. Art by Ethan Van Sciver.
Available from November 8th.

The Batman Who Laughs (tie-in)
Written by James Tynion IV. Art by Reilly Rossmo.
Available from November 15th.

Justice League #33 (tie-in – Bats Out Of Hell – Part 4)
Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Tyler Kirkham.
Available from November 15th.

Dark Nights: Metal (4 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from December 20th.

Hawkman Found (tie-in)
Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan.
Available from December 27th.

Dark Nights: Metal (5 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from January 31st.

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt (tie-in)
Written by Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson. Art by Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Howard Porter and Jorge Jimenez.
Available from February 14th.

Dark Nights: Metal (6 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from March 28th.

The Immortal Men #1 cover by Jim Lee.

The Immortal Men #1 cover by Jim Lee.

Spinning Out Of Dark Nights: Metal

Want to know what to read after Dark Nights: Metal? Here are a few comics which will be picking on threads of this massive event.

New Age of DC Heroes

DC Comics will be launching a batch of new series spinning out of Dark Nights: Metal, and will feature brand new characters and teams. These characters will appear in some capacity in Dark Nights: Metal or another. These new comics will have the banner of “The New Age of Heroes.”

Justice League: No Justice

Spinning out of Dark Nights: Metal, No Justice is a weekly miniseries running through May 2017. It has promised to create a new statusquo for the Justice League titles with new creative teams and hero line-ups.

Aquaman #35

Events from Dark Nights: Metal will be felt in Atlantis with a story which begins in April.

Dark Nights: Metal Collected Editions

For those who prefer to read the who thing in a collected edition(s), here what you’ll need to read.

Dark Nights: Metal
Collects Dark Nights: Metal #1-6.

Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
Collects Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32, Batman: Lost #1, The Flash #33, Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32, Justice League #32-33 and Hawkman: Found #1.

Dark Nights: Metal: The Nightmare Batmen
Collects The Red Death #1, Batman: The Devastator #1, Batman: The Merciless #1, Batman: The Murder Machine #1, Batman: The Drowned #1, Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1, The Batman Who Laughs #1 and Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1.

NOTE: Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting are collected in Dark Days: Road To Metal.

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Will You Be Reading Dark Nights: Metal?

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Comments (33)

  • Thank you for this. I was wondering if Metal had already wrapped up and I just missed it because I could not remember any conclusion. Good to know there are a few more issues coming soon.

  • Hey, thank you very much for doing this, it helps so much to see in whats order to read. hey i would like to know what do you think of Metal. Its the first comic event (Marvel or DC) that i was really interested in. I love the fact that every spin-off is as good as the main series (sometimes even better).

  • Really In depth and perfect for a novice collector! i am going to my local shop to look for the ones I need. Thank You!

  • As always Trevor, thank you for taking the time to do this. I usually wait and read everything back to back and in sequence. Your lists help me remember what order I need to read them in and what books I need to get for sure. I have used your lists quite a few times and am always thankful.

    • I haven’t heard of any spin-off series happening. Although, depending on how Metal ends, there’s always the chance that we will see future stories in the Dark Multiverse.

  • This is definitely very helpful. I tend to wait a bit before reading story archs with this many tie-ins. I got to the point that I couldn’t remember which one had been released in which order. I may be a little anal about reading in the proper order, but who wants to be the guy that spoilers himself.

    • I don’t expect Metal and Doomsday Clock to cross paths in any way. The way I see it, Doomsday Clock is a maxiseries that may or may not tie-up things that have been hinted at through out the Rebirth period. It might be a big story, but it’s not an event in the traditional sense. There’s no tie-in with other comics so it’s essentially on its own. While Metal is covering a lot of the DC universe and is more in lines with the modern comic event. The fact that there is overlap in release shouldn’t be a huge deal because Doomsday Clock probably won’t touch all of the other comics until its conclusion towards the end of 2018.

  • I personally feel the prequels and one shot tie-ins are pretty good and gives you background on the Dark Multiverse Batmen. Otherwise you’re kind of left “lost” and wondering who the hell are these people? Plus Fabok did an amazing job on all the Dark Batmen covers

    • Hey Ryan, great question. Everything will eventually be collected in a hardcover or softcover format. My guess is it will probably be in March or April.

  • According to Teen Titans #12, it comes after Dark Knights: Metal #2. I just went to read it and saw that note on the first page, so I figured I would pass along the message.

  • As someone new to reading comics, I appreciate this list. In fact, it was the Metal event that prompted me to get into reading comics in the first place. I’ll likely read the tie-ins, too.

    • that’s awesome to hear! I hope you’re enjoying what you’ve read so far with Metal and it makes your want to check out other comics.

  • Thanks for clearing all that up. I will probably follow the main storyline and not all the tie ins. I think it is overwhelming how many the ins there are. I have my fingers crossed that the story will be one for the ages.

    • I’m like you. I hate to have wait for a story to complete over months. So i binge at the end. The two Captain America series and Secret empire and all the tie ins will keep me busy for a bit

  • These big events always confuse me. I imagine it actually turns off a lot potential readers when there are so many issues and tie-ins.

    thanks, your info has been really helpful