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Dark Knights: Metal: The Nightmare Batmen (Dark Nights: Metal — Collected Editions #3)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  201 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, the seven Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse take center stage in these one-shots furthere exploring the Nightmare Batmen from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic graphic novel saga!

The Red Death. The Devastator. The Merciless. The Murder Machine. The Drowned. The Dawnbreaker. And the Man Who Laughs. These seven Batmen—seven twisted
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by DC Comics
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Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“All it takes is one bad day!”

That line from the Joker has never been truer. Over the years Batman/Bruce has had a number of “bad days”. Being the hero he is he has always managed to to fight back. However what happens if on one of those days he.

Decides the to take the Speed force

Is given a Green Lantern ring

Takes the power of a “God”

Loses his humanity to cold hard logic encased in metal

Uses a “Doomsday” weapon

Gains the most evil, sick and twisted sense of humor

These are the variants of the dar
Sam Quixote
Oh thank criminey, it’s over! With this fourth and final book, the nightmarishly tedious event Dark Nights: Metal is complete. And speaking of nightmares, here are the origin stories of The Nightmare Batmen. Any of them good? Nope. They add anything to the overall story? Nope. Total waste of time? Yup! And that’s Dark Nights: Metal!

I feel like Scott Snyder came up with some arbitrary dark versions of the Justice League with a Batman slant and didn’t think beyond their appearances. Because these
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great omnibus. Loved every page of it. Well, most of it anyway.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This volume collects all the one shot origin stories for each of the nightmare Batmen who are part of the Dark Nights: Metal event (except Barbatos himself). It also ends with The Wild Hunt, the one story that features the return of the great Grant Morrison, to unveil the intention of these Batmen, and to multiply your questions with key events surrounding Bobo T. Chimpanzee; sounds crazy already, right?

The only real central thread to this volume is the structure of each story as each origin sto
James DeSantis
I read most of these when they came out but the Wild Hunt came out so much later I didn't get to it. Now to rate them all together?

If want a bigger review on each chapter of the Dark Knights can read my single reviews. Basically these are the origin stories of the evil Batman. We get to find out why Bruce from that Dimension went fucking insane and usually became a killer. Then we get the wildhunt to tie it all up. When we see the final battle about to be all done who will win? And who is the c
Wing Kee
Wow this collection is fantastic.

World: The art is great, there are a lot of different artists which normally irks me with the different Nightmare Batmen it allows for more creativity and different tone. I love the world building, normally as I said it is filler for me but these characters (and this is a character collection) are interesting and where they end up is the core of the world. The worlds they are from are fascinating.

Story: Normally in an event, the tie in books are fairly meh and do
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Huh. Color me suprised. This was actually GOOD! Compelling and interesting, and way better than the ACTUAL "Metal" mini-series.
Chris Lemmerman
[Read as single issues]
The breakout stars of Dark Nights: Metal, the Nightmare Batmen, get their own origin story one-shots, all collected here. Plus, the Justice League battles across the Multiverse in the Wild Hunt one-shot!

Like most anthologies, this one's a little hit or miss, but it's much more consistent than you'd expect despite every issue having a different creative team. Red Death, Dawnbreaker, and Batman Who Laughs easily lead the pack, while Devastator and Drowned are probably the we
Jesse A
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of one-shot elseworld/multiverse stuff so this was right up my alley and for the most part it really delivered.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
3 1/2 Stars.

If you’ve been following the hype behind Dark Nights then you’ve surely heard of this series by now. It gives the short version of the origin stories behind the seven most iconic Batman alternates in the series. They’re beautifully drawn, creepy, and downright corrupt.

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Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Metal-related volume I've read yet, largely because each individual issue charts the origin story for each of the dark Batmen featured in the main storyline. Not all of them are evil (or started out that way). Some were corrupted by too much power. One went over the edge trying to stop an evil version of Superman on his version of Earth. They've all been sucked in by the Joker-Batman, who has promised them a world where they can be heroes again, and that's all they really want ( ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
What’s not to like about evil Batmen from the dark multiverse wrapped in heavy metal aesthetics and soaked in brutal, line-crossing violence? If you don’t like this, you don’t like comics.
Adam Fisher
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The majority of my review on Metal will be under the title itself, but I wanted to say a few things about the Nightmare Batmen apart from my general review.
These Batmen are SCARY! Basically, they are a look at what Batman would be like if he had tried to increase his power by killing and absorbing each member of the Justice League (and Joker in the case of BWL). The origin stories made sense and I could definitely see these 7 being enemies for him in the future (though only one is left alive).
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, blog, 2018

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Days: The Road to Metal and Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder are the first two events. This is the third.

Barbatos rules the Dark. If Batman can rid of the Light, Barbatos has promised to bring Bruce Wayne’s parents back.

"The truth is, we’re only here because the world was dark enough to dream us into existence. Because deep down, it needed us. To protect them from themse
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Just what the world wanted – not one but two companion volumes to the most humdrum and dull event book from DC ever (qualified of course by all other events taking 20 books). This one covers all those dodgy Dark Batmen that did so damned little in the parent book, because we needed their origins, didn't we? Well, at least give this a chance to reach the second one, for the artwork is excellent. Even better, for different reasons, is the rack on Aquabatwoman, but by then you're really scraping th ...more
Chris Wing
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
So, here's another tie-in to the Metal event, and it was one I was quite intrigued by.

I decided to read the first two chapters of Metal; (to the point where these guys turn up) and *then* read this one and it was an interesting read.

Unpacking my knowledge of how the Marvel existence works and then learning how the DC one works is really interesting, especially when DCs has a lot more to it (what with being rebooted so many times, and therefore, it seems, realities and how they work are a bigger
Wayne McCoy
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Dark Knights: Metal: The Nightmare Batmen' is part of the DC Comics mega event. This is the third volume I've read and I feel like it's the strongest of the titles.

All the Earths have all the heroes. With the coming of Barbatos, Batman has been corrupted. This volume shows all the ways he is corrupted by conquering and using other heroes and villains. First, he becomes the Red Death by taking the Speed Force from Flash. Then he (or rather she) becomes The Drowned by conquering Atlantis. There a
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC of this book.

A whole ton of no on this one. I am all for an evil Batman, one that has been pushed too far that he finally snaps. Give me a broken Batman any day.

Instead this was just Batman in different costumes killing people. They weren't Batman. The characters were all wrong in a way that was really painful to read. Alfred being a killing AI for example. Batman being Green Lantern for another. I can keep going. This book looked like something I would enjoy, instead I was annoyed
Norman Cook
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
These are the origin stories of the dark and twisted hybrid Batmen who come out of the Multiverse: The Red Death (Batman/Flash), The Devastator (Batman/Doomsday), The Merciless (Batman/Wonder Woman), The Murder Machine (Batman/Cyborg), The Drowned (Batman/Aquawoman), The Dawnbreaker (Batman/Green Lantern), and the Batman Who Laughs (Batman/Joker) (who has an army of very creepy Robins). These alternate, evil Batmen play a big role in the Metal event, and I'm sure we haven't seen the last of them ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than road to Metal and Metal itself. This volume focuses on the origin stories of the evil Batmen and their roles in the Metal crisis. Each Batman is basically an amalgam of Batman and another justice league member (or villain associated with a justice league member): Aqua man, Doomsday, Green Lantern, Ares, Flash, cyborg, and lead by a Batman full of Joker juice.

There are a billion Batman vs the Justice League stories but this one give us 7 morally compromised Bat baddies who killed thei
Eric Guy
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The artwork and storylines throughout were fantastic, plot twists and reveals come at an almost frenetic pace. Almost, but just not enough to overwhelm the reader..

One issue though in reading via the Adobe reader is that certain text fonts become almost impossible to read, especially the Laughing Batman. That made it hard to follow the storyline at times. Overall, I would prefer to read these in premier hardprint or a cleaner version of the ebook with the font issues addressed.

A solid 4.5 ⭐ for
I like the idea behind most of these alternate Bats, but I feel like most of these would have benefited from having their own books to flesh out their slide into madness than the quick snapshot we had narrated by the Bat who Laughs. I get that's probably a bit too much for this event though, so they were okay overall.

The Wild Hunt story on the end felt really out of context for me, even having read the main story arc, but this might be another case of needing to read everything leading to that p
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
According to release date, this is the third volume that I read after first reading the exposition volume and the main story line with its conclusion. ABSOLUTELY, read this volume second after reading the exposition volume. If you don't, you will be unfortunate enough to miss out on knowing about the backstory of each of the knights during the main story. The stories themselves were fantastically outrageous and I loved each one of them. It's too bad they only made the few issues for each one of ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The different take on the Nightmare Batmen was really awesome, as was the varying artistic styles. I (surprisingly) liked The Murder Machine (not a Cybog fan, but the art and character were really well done). I also thought the Dawnbreaker was extremely cool. Devastator and Drowned, as well as Merciless were only mediocre to me. The Batman Who Laughs is what held it all together, great, creative artwork and storytelling. I'm curious to see what lasting repercussions, if any, these characters hav ...more
Lukas Holmes
I get the idea behind it, but it still really feels like something the 13-year old I knew in school would pitch to us at the lunch table.

"And then what if Batman was EVERY member of the Justice League and then what if it was all a dream and then what if Sandman was there and then what if all the metal stuff in DC was like, important then what if...."

Too much pasta thrown against the wall.
Nathaniel Darkish
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
As a whole, this really didn't work as a collection. I didn't care for most of the stories, with the major exception being the original story of Barbatos, which I feel is pretty crucial for the Metal arc and really helped the larger story make a lot more sense. The rest was pretty confusing and messy, though.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This volume collects several good origin stories of the dark multiverse Batman variants, kind of like depressing Elseworlds tales. Some of the origins, not as great. But it seems a shame to have wasted the good characters on the Metal event. If you are looking for closure in this book, you'll have to find it in the main Metal mini-series.

I received a preview copy of this book from NetGalley.
Piper Gottschalk
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
thank you to the publisher and net galley for the opportunity to read this for review.

If you enjoyed Dark Knights Metal, then you will probably enjoy this. It is mainly short stories about the various Nightmare Batmen. Not something I would really recommend on it's own.

I liked the look of about half the art. The colors did get a bit muddy sometimes.
Scott Waldie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the four Dark Knights Metal volumes, I actually found this to be the most really drives home how desperate these failed, falling Dark Multiverse worlds were to spawn these psychotic Batmen hybrids in thrall to Barbatos. Cool art, cool ideas, a fleeting glimpse of the twisting terrors that led to these maniacs, and a constant reminder of just how much worse your life could be.
Zoe Elizabeth
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun ending to the Metal story line. I enjoyed reading from the villain's points of view as opposed to the hero's. It was a nice way of rounding out the series. Thanks to Netgalley and DC for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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