DARK DAYS: CASTING #1
The build up for METAL continues this week with the release of DARK DAYS: CASTING #1 from DC Comics. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are digging into the darkest depths of DC lore to put together the greatest secret threat since the Anti Monitor. Its all about the Metal, this ancient powerful metal from another dimension that has woven itself into the very fabric of the DC Universe. From The Wizard’s Knife, to Thanagarian Nth Metal, to the forge of Hephaestus this metal is an integral part to the world even though we as readers never knew it existed. Time is now running out an the various factions of the world are racing to acquire the metal and the secrets behind it in an attempt to stop the darkness from entering our world.
Books like this are why I love superhero comics. Snyder and Tynion took a few obscure references from the pages of DC Comic’s past and have woven together an entirely new narrative that just happens to fit in with what has come before. Synder stated that he has been building towards METAL since his run on Batman started and that statement is starting to bare fruit. There are so many ties and connection in this single issue that to list them all would be an exercise in futility. Instead the focus should be on seamlessly this new plot thread has been woven in to the fabric of DC history. From the Hawks, to the Immortal men, and finally to Batman’s newest protege Synder and Tynion have used The Forge and The Casting to establish that this threat has been known for ages and is just now coming to light. Storytelling that makes the reader think they have been missing clues all along while the reality is that it was just cleverly tied into that which came before is talent on a whole other level.
As if the plot were not gripping enough DARK DAYS: CASTING #1 features an all star artist collaboration. Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr. combine to deliver an issue that looks as good as it reads. DARK DAYS: CASTING #1 is a must buy. Any and all fans of DC Comics need to make sure they pick this issue up as well as DARK DAYS: FORGE #1. The mystery is fantastic, the art is sublime, and the script so expertly folds into the DC Universe it was like it has been there since the 1940’s. Books like this are what make comics great so if you have been missing out on the build up to METAL make sure you grab these two issues the next time you are in the store and if you have not done so yet be sure to put in your order for the METAL six issue mini series that starts in August.