SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Dark Nights: Metal #6 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia, on sale now.
Dark Nights: Metal #6 certainly delivers on its promise to introduce new concepts and threats to the DC Universe, with an epilogue designed to set up DC's next four-issue event series Justice League: No Justice. But while there are a number of threats to take seriously (Atlantis being risen to the surface world as one example), one in particular shares a commonality with a massive revelation we saw in last year's Marvel Legacy one-shot.
Celestials, Meet DC's Long-Dormant Forces
You can be forgiven if the sheer number of teases in Metal #6 overwhelmed your senses, so here's the short version: Even though the good guys won, they are also to blame for unleashing a number of new threats that they'll have to clean up over the next several months and beyond. Though not explicitly explained in the issue, one panel in particular, illustrated by artist Ivan Reis, shows three massive cosmic entities standing watch over the Earth, as if they were deliberating on passing a final judgment on the planet's heroes for having the gall to disturb them. These entities, teased in Francis Manapul's artwork for No Justice, are Entropy, Wisdom, Wonder and Mystery.
As Marvel readers know, a similar theme played out in Marvel Legacy #1 -- first when the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. faced off against a Celestial, and then later when that same Celestial appears buried underneath the Earth's surface as it summons a "Final Host."
Marvel's Celestials and DC's new deities both wear Jack Kirby-esque armor that both shields and hides their true forms. Being as large as they are, all of the figures are already intimidating without any additional help, and if their true forms are ever revealed there's no telling what horrors might be unleashed.
Of course, this isn't to say Marvel and DC are telling the same story. One major difference between Marvel Legacy's Celestials and the beings teased for No Justice is the former has starred in various Marvel storylines. Thus, readers may head into the event with an understanding of how they operate and knowledge that their modus operandi usually involves meddling with Earth's history. On the other hand, we're not exactly sure what's looking over the DCU in Metal #6, or what they're thinking. What we do know is they were unleashed when the Justice League cracked the Source Wall while defeating Barbatos.
Hawkgirl refers to these beings as "long-dormant forces of the universe," entities that have been stirred awake by the events in Metal. Our first question would be what caused them to slumber in the first place? Was it by choice, or did something even more powerful force their hand? Something else to consider is whether or not the events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 play any kind of role in No Justice.
Of course, Geoff Johns is already covering the Watchmen aspect of Rebirth in the Doomsday Clock series, but that hasn't stopped other DC titles from pulling on different Rebirth threads, which No Justice is likely to do as well.
It's not uncommon to find similarities between Marvel and DC storylines, but when they launch around the same time period is when fans and readers really begin to notice them. It's a virtual guarantee that Marvel has a completely different idea for its Celestials than DC has for its new cosmic threat in No Justice. , but that doesn't mean we can't and won't have fun comparing and contrasting those differences, and seeing which has the greater impact on their respective comic universes.