Dark Nights Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1
Written by: Scott Snyder & Geoff Johns
Art by: Jerry Ordway, Francis Manapul, Ryan Benjamin & Richard Friend, Paul Pelletier & Norm Rapmund
Colors by: Hi-Fi, Rain Beredo, Adriano Luca
Letters: Rob Leigh
On top of this being a good issue on its own, Dark Nights Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1 is an important read for anyone following the Dark Nights: Death Metal run. When looking at the entire event, some of these one-offs have been skippable — even though almost all of those have been good reads.
Dark Nights Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1 gives you a greater look into a character who’s played an important role in the story. Doesn’t take much to figure out who we’re talking about, just look at the main cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.
But with everything Scott Snyder is doing on the main line, he and Geoff Johns just raise more questions with Dark Nights Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1. Not annoying or unnecessary questions. Snyder and other writers contributing to the event simply continue to find the right loose threads to pull on to further increase the already heightened tension surrounding the greater Death metal story.
What’s so interesting about Superboy Prime’s story in Dark Nights Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1 is the rejection he receives at every single turn. He may be Clark Kent, but most of his experiences have gone very differently than Superman’s. It’s a surprise he still has any semblance of sympathy for anyone else — especially when some of the people he’s helping are giving him a hard time.