The Third Eye Guide to DC Comics’s DEATH METAL

Published March 13th, 2020

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IN DEATH METAL — ONLY DEATH IS REAL!

DEATH METAL IS COMING — AND WE CANNOT WAIT!

Third Eye Faithful, one of our favorite storylines of the last few years from DC Comics has been their epic DARK NIGHTS METAL event, which introduced one of the coolest new characters in quite sometime: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS.

Now, after the culmination of things like YEAR OF THE VILLAIN (which recently exploded with the 1st appearance of PUNCHLINE), and many other key moments in the DC Universe, the world of DEATH METAL is coming to deliver a Crisis — or maybe even an Anti-Crisis — that will leave the DC Universe forever changed!

We’ve put together our official Third Eye Guide to DEATH METAL to help you get ready for the biggest thing to hit the DC Universe in a few years, so read on, Third Eye Faithful, and get stoked!

What’s the scoop on DEATH METAL?

DEATH METAL is the official sequel to the iconic, DARK NIGHTS METAL, event from 2017, and is set to deliver something bigger, badder, and even more bombastic than what we got in METAL.

In DEATH METAL, the world has been consumed by the DARK MULTIVERSE energy we were first introduced to in METAL, that brought us things like THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS.

Conquered by the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS and his evil lieutenants, corrupted versions of heroes like Donna Troy, SHAZAM, Jim Gordon, BLUE BEETLE, HAWKMAN and SUPERGIRL, the DC Universe is the bleakest comic book future we’ve seen since the hey-day of Grant Morrison’s FINAL CRISIS or even the DAYS OF FUTURE PAST era of the X-MEN.

In DEATH METAL, Wonder Woman and Flash have made compromises to keep humanity alive in the hells cape that is modern life, while others like BATMAN, are part of an underground resistance looking to take control of their world.

And, at the heart of it? SUPERMAN is imprisoned, cursed to be a living battery for the Earth’s sun — for eternity.

At the heart of DEATH METAL, Wonder Woman alongside Batman, must rise to the task of changing the world they’ve been given by the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS.

Why is DEATH METAL so darn huge?

Third Eye Faithful: first off: it’s the dream team of Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo — two of the biggest names in comics — and one of the most iconic BATMAN creative teams to ever grace GOTHAM.

PLUS: we’ve already seen what they can do with the now-classic DARK NIGHTS METAL — so YOU KNOW THIS IS GONNA BE OFF-THE-WALL fun!

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Celebrate the arrival of DEATH METAL with Third Eye at all 3 Third Eye locations Tuesday Night 5/12/20 at our DEATH METAL MIDNIGHT RELEASE & GET THE EXCLUSIVE DEATH METAL #1 MIDNIGHT RELEASE VARIANT!

Third Eye Faithful, we like to save our midnight release events for those extra-special moments that are just two darn important to wait until the next day to roll out the new comics, and for DEATH METAL, we’re going to be doing just that: that’s right — giant, crazy MIDNIGHT release events at all of our locations to kick off DEATH METAL at midnight!

We’ll have the special DEATH METAL #1 MIDNIGHT RELEASE variant available for normal cover price $4.99, while supplies last, along with a ton of other fun stuff cooking to help you celebrate the release of METAL!

Click here for more info on our DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL release event!

PRE-ORDER & SAVE BIG WITH OUR DEATH METAL Cover Bundles!

We’ve put together a ton of killer options to help you save big when collecting all the covers to DEATH METAL #1, and you can check ’em out below!

First off, we’ve got our basic ONLY DEATH IS REAL Bundle, which features:

  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER A – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER B David Finch – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER C Mattina – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER D Artgerm – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 Midnight Release Variant – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 BLACK Blank Variant – $4.99

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THE ALTARS OF MADNESS DEATH METAL #1 COVER BUNDLE — ALL 6 COVERS + THE 1:25 DOUG MAHNKE VARIANT FOR $39.99

  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER A – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER B David Finch – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER C Mattina – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER D Artgerm – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 Midnight Release Variant – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 BLACK Blank Variant – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 1:25 DOUG MAHNKE VARIANT

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THE SEASONS IN THE ABYSS DEATH METAL #1 COVER BUNDLE DELIVERS ALL 8 COVERS, INCLUDING THE 1:100 CAPULLO VARIANT FOR JUST $119.99

Our ultimate DEATH METAL bundle is the SEASONS IN THE ABYSS bundle, which gives you ALL the covers, including the 1 in 25 variant AND the 1 in 100 variant — for just $119.99

  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER A – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER B David Finch – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER C Mattina – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 COVER D Artgerm – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 Midnight Release Variant – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 BLACK Blank Variant – $4.99
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 1:25 DOUG MAHNKE VARIANT
  • DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #1 1:100 GREG CAPULLO VARIANT

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Never read METAL? Where to start? Read on below to find out how to prepare for DEATH METAL!

Third Eye Faithful, we’re totally amped about DEATH METAL, and we know that while some of you may already be totally hip to the awesomeness that is METAL, that some of you may not yet have discovered it.

That’s OK — we are here to help!

We’ve put together a handy list of the graphic novels that can get you up to date for DARK NIGHTS METAL below! These are all in stock now at all of our locations!

FIRST: DARK DAYS ROAD TO METAL – This is the official PREQUEL to METAL, and a perfect place to begin!

For years, Batman has been tracking a mystery. He’s quietly been pulling a thread, conducting research in secret laboratories across the globe and stowing evidence deep in the Batcave, hidden even from his closest allies.

Now, in an epic story spanning generations, the heroes and villains of the DC Universe, including Green Lantern, The Joker, Wonder Woman and more, are about to find out what he’s discovered-and it could threaten the very existence of the Multiverse!

This trade paperback edition collects Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1, as well as classic DC stories that built the foundations of Metal, including Final Crisis #6-7, The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, Nightwing #17 and more!

SECOND: DARK NIGHTS METAL – THE MAIN EVENT – This is THE main book, and if you ONLY get one book to prep for DEATH METAL, this is the one to get!

Beyond our universe, there is the Multiverse … and beneath the Multiverse is a nightmare realm where every fear that has ever been felt on our Earth becomes reality.

Now an evil force as old as time wants to drag us down into the shadows, into the realm of never-ending terror.

But when the door between worlds opens, it’s not just any nightmares that come spilling out. They call themselves the Dark Knights.

Each one is a twisted version of Batman from a world where one of his worst fears has come true.

With the invasion underway and Batman trapped in the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League must undergo an impossible quest to find the mysterious metals capable of repelling the Dark Knights and their master, the fearsome Barbatos.

If they fail, everything they’ve ever known will be plunged into eternal darkness. But the true horror is…what if they’re already too late?

THIRD: DARK NIGHTS METAL THE RESISTANCE for the completist!

Are you the kind of reader that wants the entire shebang? THE RESISTANCE helps fill in a lot of the in-between moments of the story (including the first appearance of the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS), and is a must-have for those of you looking to scoop the entire event!

In this DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in, the Justice League has scattered around the world to find artifacts that can stand against the invasion of the Dark Multiverse.

Plus, an S.O.S. from Dick Grayson sends Robin back to Gotham City to find Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow trapped in a labyrinth of madness and death!

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.

FOURTH: DARK NIGHTS METAL: DARK KNIGHTS RISING – The TIE-IN you gotta get — featuring the origins of all the NIGHTMARE BATMEN!

One of the coolest aspects of DARK NIGHTS METAL is the corrupted versions of iconic characters, and especially all the variations of BATMAN led by the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS.

This is almost as essential as the main DARK NIGHTS METAL book, based off quality alone, and we highly recommend it!

The Batman Who Laughs: a lunatic driven mad by his world’s Joker. 
The Red Death: a thief who stole his reality’s Speed Force power.
The Drowned: a female, amphibious Batman. 
The Dawnbreaker: a twisted Green Lantern.
The Murder Machine: a deranged, deadly cyborg.
The Merciless: a warrior who wears the helmet of Ares.
The Devastator: a part-human, part-Doomsday monster.


The evil Batmen – twisted mirror images of the Dark Knight – have been unleashed upon Earth and the Justice League with only one thing on their minds: total devastation. How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings who appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures?

Featuring stories from Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Joshua Williamson, Ethan Van Sciver, Philip Tan, Tyler Kirkham, Francis Manapul, Riley Rossmo, Tony S. Daniel, Howard Porter, Doug Mahnke and many more!  Collects BATMAN: 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.

FIFTH: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC – Where do you go when you’ve finished METAL but before you read DEATH METAL?

Want to know where the story went after the conclusion to METAL? How’d the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS creep back into our world? This is the book that not only gives you his origins, but explains that exactly!

The Batman Who Laughs is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar.

When Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman can’t ever break…the rule that created the Batman Who Laughs!

As Bruce begins to realize that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected, the Batman Who Laughs unleashes a brand-new evil. Enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight! Collects THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1-7 and THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1

SIXTH: BATMAN / SUPERMAN – What’s happening right now!

OK, so where to after the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS mini-series or hardcover?

Easy: the current ongoing BATMAN / SUPERMAN series, which features the storyline that has the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS assembling the Secret Six — 6 corrupted versions of iconic DC heroes we all know and love.

Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one-for the Secret Six walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of The Batman Who Laughs, Superman and Batman are together once more and facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere.

The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes have become the horrifying horsemen of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever, with Shazam!, Supergirl, and more transformed into their twisted Dark Multiverse reflections.

Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other?

The road to Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen and beyond starts here!

SEVENTH: Year of the Villain Hell Arisen – What’s happening right now!

Once you’ve caught up on all things METAL, there’s two routes you can go to stay current on everything leading into DEATH METAL!

The first is Batman Superman, as mentioned above, and the second is HELL ARISEN!

Lex Luthor has brought Perpetua back from her cosmic grave and restored her power! Now the Multiverse lives in fear that she might wipe out all existence.

The only thing that could stop her are the forces of the Dark Multiverse- which means it’s Luthor’s mission to defeat the Batman Who Laughs!

But if Batman and Superman couldn’t stop him, what chance does Luthor stand? Spinning out of the end of the “Justice/ Doom War” in Justice League #38 and the conclusion of the epic “Infected” arc from Batman/Superman #5, DC’s two top villains face off in a battle royal-and the fate of all reality hangs in the balance!

WHERE WILL DEATH METAL TAKE US? READ MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE DC UNIVERSE & GENERATIONS BY CLICKING HERE.

Join us on Tuesday 5/12/20 for our huge DC DEATH METAL #1 Midnight Release!

We’re kicking off DEATH METAL in style, as we unleash it on you at midnight, Third Eye Faithful!

Get the full scoop on our DC DEATH METAL MIDNIGHT RELEASE party by clicking here!