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    As a huge fan of Marvel and DC comics which are outside of continuity and/or alternate universe versions of them, the Dark Knights Metal series has really sparked my interest. I realize that this story is canon and inside of DC continuity, however. Save the occasional storyline, I do not tend keep up with any current DC titles, though.

    Being that I am a little late to the game, I realize that many of the individual issues in connection to Dark Knights Metal have become a bit pricey. As such, I have settled on the idea of reading many of these in TPB form. This seems to be the most comprehensive list of collected volumes, which I found on a reddit thread:

    Dark Days: The Road to Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
    Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
    The Batman Who Laughts
    Superman/Batman: The Infected
    Justice League: No Justice
    Justice League: The Totality
    Justice League: Graveyard of Gods
    Justice League: Hawkworld
    Justice League: The Sixth Dimension
    Justice League: Justice/Doom War
    Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen
    Dark Nights: Death Metal

    I was just wondering if there was anything else which anybody knew about that I should read (TPB or individual issues), either in order to get me up to speed or as an integral part of the story. For instance, I have heard that Snyder began to build this event during the Court of Owls storyline and wanted to know if I will be missing much if I don't read that and others as well.

    Thanks in advance!
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    I would add

    Dark Days: The Road to Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
    Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
    The Batman Who Laughts
    Superman/Batman: The Infected
    The Infected: The Commissioner - one-shot
    The Infected: Deathbringerr - one-shot
    The Infected: King Shazam - one-shot
    The Infected: Scarab - one-shot
    Justice League: No Justice
    Justice League: The Totality
    Justice League: Graveyard of Gods
    Justice League: Hawkworld
    Justice League: The Sixth Dimension
    Justice League: Justice/Doom War
    Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year - one-shot
    Black Adam: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Black Mask: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    The Joker: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Lex Luthor: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Ocean Master: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    The Riddler: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Sinestro: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Flash Forward
    Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen - includes Year of the Vilains one-shot
    Batman/Superman Vol. 2: World's Deadliest
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman - optional
    Dark Nights: Death Metal
    Doom Metal - upcoming
    Legends of the Dark Knights - upcoming
    Multiverse's End - upcoming
    Speed Metal - upcoming
    Trinity Crisis - upcoming

    There are also Tie-ins for "Years of the Vilains" and for "The Infected", but they can be ignored.

    I think that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb681131 View Post
    I would add

    Dark Days: The Road to Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal
    Dark Nights: Metal: Dark Knights Rising
    Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance
    The Batman Who Laughts
    Superman/Batman: The Infected
    The Infected: The Commissioner - one-shot
    The Infected: Deathbringerr - one-shot
    The Infected: King Shazam - one-shot
    The Infected: Scarab - one-shot
    Justice League: No Justice
    Justice League: The Totality
    Justice League: Graveyard of Gods
    Justice League: Hawkworld
    Justice League: The Sixth Dimension
    Justice League: Justice/Doom War
    Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year - one-shot
    Black Adam: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Black Mask: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    The Joker: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Lex Luthor: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Ocean Master: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    The Riddler: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Sinestro: Year of the Villain - one-shot
    Flash Forward
    Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen - includes Year of the Vilains one-shot
    Batman/Superman Vol. 2: World's Deadliest
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract - optional
    Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman - optional
    Dark Nights: Death Metal
    Doom Metal - upcoming
    Legends of the Dark Knights - upcoming
    Multiverse's End - upcoming
    Speed Metal - upcoming
    Trinity Crisis - upcoming

    There are also Tie-ins for "Years of the Vilains" and for "The Infected", but they can be ignored.

    I think that's all.
    Thanks! I was actually eyeballing Tales from the Dark Multiverse and had seen Flash Forward mentioned in another site's reading chronology for the series.
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    You don't need to read Snyder's run on batman to follow death metal imo. You should as Snyder's run is awesome.

    I have just read Snyder's main death metal stuff as all the infected and one shots are pretty boring and really grow tiresome.

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    To be honest, Snyder's Batman run is awesome for most of the part, but for the other is eh, I've seen worse. His Metal is fun, the infecteds and dark universe are also fun. But his recent Batman like the Last Knight on Earth is really, really edgy, not in Cates' Venom fun way, but in really, really, tiresome way. The trailer of the Last Knight on Earth is awesome though.
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    Thanks for all of the input. In looking at the item description of the TPB for Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance on Amazon, it says that it collects Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32 The Flash #33, Justice League #32-33, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #32, and a couple of one-shots, I'm guessing: Batman Lost #1, and Hawkman Found #1

    Will I be somewhat lost for not reading the rest of said series'?

    Same goes for Dark Days: The Road to Metal, which 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, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, Nightwing #17 and more!"

    Do I need to read the rest of Final Crisis or Batman: The Return of Bruce? Will I be somewhat at a loss reading from somewhere in the middle of Batman (New 52 or Rebirth?), and/or Nightwing?
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    Anyone know where The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 is best placed during Man Who Laughs #1-7?

    This issue takes place between issues #3 and #4, but I think the TPB puts it somewhere else, like at the end of the tpb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBatmanFan05 View Post
    Anyone know where The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 is best placed during Man Who Laughs #1-7?

    This issue takes place between issues #3 and #4, but I think the TPB puts it somewhere else, like at the end of the tpb.
    I saw that in a couple of the reading chronologies that I looked up. I will try to be cognizant of that when reading it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb681131 View Post
    Batman/Superman Vol. 2: World's Deadliest
    Only volume 1 had to do with Batman Who Laughs. Volume 2 was about Kandor with Zod and Ra's al Ghul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodle View Post
    Only volume 1 had to do with Batman Who Laughs. Volume 2 was about Kandor with Zod and Ra's al Ghul.
    Good to know! I'll take that one off the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4saken1 View Post
    Good to know! I'll take that one off the list.
    If you like volume 1, I'd still recommend reading it despite not having to do with Batman Who Laughs. The series is surprisingly good.
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