Dark Nights: Metal is beginning to lose steam in its fourth chapter, more concerned with explaining its story than offering up action. This wouldn't be so bad if the exposition didn't require a working knowledge of DC Comics cosmology. Those who haven't read Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, for instance, will be completely lost as to the significance of Dream showing up and the mention of Lucien's Library.
The artwork by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion remains fantastic, with some truly epic and horrific scenes on display here. The pretty pictures are only a distraction from an increasingly stretched-out story, sadly. While I'm still enjoying the ride, I wonder if the ending will prove worth it.
The Final Analysis: 6 out of 10.