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"Dark Nights: Metal": At the climax of the Dark Multiverse's invasion into the Multiverse, led by the dark god Barbatos, the Justice League donned armor made from Element X to destroy his Dark Knights, and raise the Earth back out of the dark. However, in this story, Barbatos had remained one st

Quote1 The Justice League had weaknesses. So do the dragons. So we learn them. And we use them. We hit them once. Exactly where it hurts. So even if the Deathwave comes, we'll make sure good makes one last stand. If there's a single memory left, it'll be of you. And you won't be a bunch of hollow survivors living in the corpse of the old world... You'll be the Justice League. Quote2
Duke Thomas

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of February, 2021. It was published on December 29, 2020.

Synopsis for "Dark Nights: Metal"

At the climax of the Dark Multiverse's invasion into the Multiverse, led by the dark god Barbatos, the Justice League donned armor made from Element X to destroy his Dark Knights, and raise the Earth back out of the dark. However, in this story, Barbatos had remained one step ahead-- the League's armor is corrupted, and the heroes are seemingly destroyed in flames.

Following the League's defeat, Barbatos' dark army attacks the Earth and ravages it, as the story begins to eat itself alive, with all of existence being dragged down into dark. Earth-0 is but the beginning of the slaughter-- Barbatos carries his attacks of destruction and death to the other 51 realities, bringing with him what the survivors would know as the Deathwave-- the wave of obliteration brought by the death of the Dark Multiverse itself, and the last terrible gasp of existence.

Duke Thomas, armed with dimension-hopping Monitor armor and now referred to as the Last Monitor, flees into the Multiverse, determined to halt the Deathwave and save the remaining worlds. But he is unsuccessful, and one by one, each of the universes fall to Barbatos, before being consumed by the Deathwave.

Following the destruction of the 51st universe, Duke teleports back to where it began-- his home, Earth-0, which has become a desolated wasteland. It is revealed here that Duke Thomas has a power he didn't know he had until after the world ended-- the ability to see into the past, to see things, places and people as they were.

Suddenly, the Dragons of the Bat appear-- and much to Duke's horror, he recognizes the former Justice League, transformed into hideous beasts by the corrupted armor, with Batman now Barbatos' new vessel.

Appearing in "Dark Nights: Metal"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • The Joker (Earth-Metal) (Single appearance; dies)
  • Justice League (Earth-Metal) (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
    • Detective Chimp (Bobo T. Chimpanzee) (Single appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision)
      • Red Tornado (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision) (Destroyed)
    • The Flash (Barry Allen) (Single appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision)
    • Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) (Single appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision)
    • Hawkman (Carter Hall) (Single appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision)
    • Nightwing/Dragon-Slayer (Dick Grayson) (Single appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story) (Also in a vision)
  • Tempus Fuginaut (Narrator)

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Batman (Earth 12) (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Appears only as a corpse) (Cameo)
  • Martian Manhunter (Earth-Metal) (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Appears only as a corpse) (Cameo)
  • Marvel Family (Earth 5) (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Flashback only) (Cameo)
    • Captain Marvel (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Dies in flashback)
    • Captain Marvel, Jr. (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Dies in flashback)
    • Mary Marvel (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Dies in flashback)
  • Owlman (Earth 3) (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Statue only) (Cameo)
  • Tiger-Men (Earth 51) (Single appearance) (Cameo)
  • Zatanna (Single appearance) (Unnamed) (Appears only as a corpse) (Cameo)
  • Barbatos (Dark Multiverse) (Mentioned only)
  • Bat Tribe (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
  • Bear Tribe (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
  • Bird Tribe (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
  • Bozo the Iron Man (Earth-Metal) (Mentioned only)
  • Darkseid (Earth-Metal) (Mentioned only)
  • Doctor Fate/Kent Nelson (Earth-Metal) (Deceased) (Mentioned only)
  • Doomsday (Earth-Metal) (Mentioned only)
  • Doug Thomas (Earth-Metal) (Deceased) (Mentioned only)
  • Elaine Thomas (Earth-Metal) (Deceased) (Mentioned only)
  • God (Mentioned only)
  • Hydras (Mentioned only)
  • Justice League (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)
  • Robin/Jason Todd (Earth-Metal) (Deceased) (Mentioned only)
  • Wolf Tribe (Prime Earth) (Mentioned only)

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Notes

  • Earth-Metal diverges from Prime Earth during the events of Dark Nights: Metal #6 because, in this reality, Barbatos corrupted the Tenth Metal Armors and turned the League into his enforcers who he used to conquer the universe and the rest of the 52 "Dark" realities.
  • The Final Knight's story is eventually continued in Outsiders (Volume 5) #3.

Trivia

  • The "Earth-Metal" designation for the Dark iteration of Prime Earth from this story is very reminiscent of "Metalverse" which is the name for the incarnation of Prime Earth[1] that came to exist after the Dark Knights conquered the universe during the last Metal War.[2]


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