I have had very mixed feelings about Dark Knights Metal. On the plus side, this miniseries brought back a lot of characters that I had missed since the New 52. On the downside, it was confusing and complicated, and often barely seemed worth the effort it took to make sense of it.
The biggest problem I had with it was simply the use of red lettering on black word balloons. I know I am not the only person who finds these extremely hard to read, and I wind up just scanning the panels, barely reading them. That’s probably part of the reason I find the stories confusing.
So issue 6 brings the whole big crossover event to a close. It needs to be evaluated in two different ways. Firstly, on its own merits as a story. Secondly, in terms of achieving the larger goals that the miniseries was meant to achieve.
For me, personally, Dark Knights Metal did a much better job on the latter task than the former.
All the fuss and fury of the climax to the story really did not engage me at all. I tired very quickly of the army of evil Batmen, and was never a fan of the Dionysium stuff.
On the other hand, once we reached the epilogue, my interest increased dramatically. I loved the set ups and teases for what is to come, the new Justice League, The Darkstars, and Metal Men. Is Red Tornado going to be a part of that team now? Who is Immortal Man now working with? And what is happening in the Dreaming?
While it would be very easy to dismiss the miniseries, the simple fact that I was so excited by the finale means that, despite itself, this was a success. The purpose of it was to spark interest in upcoming books and stories, and it sure did that.