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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.

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.

Before The Preludes

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 Day: The Forge cover by Jim Lee.

Prelude

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

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 and Ivan Reis.
Available from February 14th.

Dark Nights: Metal (6 of 6)
Written by Scott Snyder. Art by Greg Capullo.
Available from March 14th.

The Immortal Men #1 cover by Jim Lee.

Spinning Out Of Dark Nights: Metal

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.”

 

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Will You Be Reading Dark Nights: Metal?

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.