The first pages of Dark Nights: Metal #2 spoke of the "mysteries of creation" of the Multiverse, teasing that Metal tied into the earliest history of the DCU.
Now, according to Metal architect Scott Snyder, readers will learn more about "the creation myth behind the Dark Multiverse — and the Multiverse itself" in the pages of this week's issue #4.
Dark Nights Metal, written by Snyder with art by his Batman collaborator Greg Capullo, launched over the summer by introducing a whole new part of the DCU called the Dark Multiverse, where the fears and hopes of DC's heroes become real.
In Dark Nights Metal #1 and Metal #2 — as well as last month's Batman Lost #1 tie-in — readers learned that a person's worst fears and hopes materialize in the Dark Multiverse. And then, as Snyder explained it, "if enough people fear the same thing or hope for the same thing or believe in the same thing sometimes, those worlds are the ones that form — or concretize enough — that they can be pulled up through the world orrery into the Multiverse itself."
Snyder told Newsarama that Metal #4 is also the issue where readers will see the return of Dream of the Endless, as well as the adventures experienced by heroes looking for Nth Metal. Newsarama talked to the writer about all these hints and what else readers can expect from Metal #4.
Newsarama: Scott, the last issue of Dark Nights Metal was a couple months ago, with Batman Lost in between. But both issues ended with Superman and Batman both trapped in the Dark Multiverse. Is that where we pick things up? And what else will we see in this issue?
Scott Snyder: Yeah, this is the issue where everything kind of hits the fan, where Batman and Superman have travel deeper into the Dark Multiverse, if they ever escape that tower, and find help somehow.
Nrama: Will we see heroes begin to turn the tide at all, fighting back against the terror that sort of entered the universe in the last few issues?
Snyder: Yeah, the first issues were setting everything up and establishing the tone and pace of it, and now this is where we really get the crazy action, adventure and drama in all corners of the DCU.
So we've got Batman and Superman dealing with the Dark Multiverse, and back in the Multiverse proper, our heroes are setting off on these really desperate adventures to find the last repositories of Nth Metal so they can have something to fight back the Dark Knights and Barbatos himself.
Nrama: In Batman Lost, we learned a little more about the Dark Multiverse, but it was sort of through Batman's eyes — and through his fears, really. You told me a few months ago that issue #4 had some big "cosmology" stuff. Is that cosmology related to the nature of the Dark Multiverse?
Snyder: Yes. Issue #4 really delves into the creation of the Dark Multiverse. If Batman Lost is kind of the heart emotionally of what Batman is going through in the story, Metal #4 really is the heart of the whole event in terms of what it's about. Batman Lost was Batman's conflict, the arguments Barbatos is making against him and why he's a failure. But Metal #4 is where we get a sense of the creation myth behind the Dark Multiverse — and the Multiverse itself.
Nrama: So this kind of started as a Batman story, but it's getting so big that the creation myth of the DCU plays a part?
Snyder: Yeah, we're really going big. This issue is also the moment where Dream of the Endless — Daniel — plays his big role. So it's the issue I'm so thrilled for people to see. It's the big sort of centerpiece of the event so far.