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– by Jace Milam

 

San Diego Comic Con generates a huge amount of pop-culture and entertainment news. In order to avoid all the noise and not get lost in the shuffle it seems more and more announcements from comic book publishers happen in the day leading up the show.

 

Such is the case with DC Comics who today announced two new titles. The first is Metal Men written by Dan DiDio with art from Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki. The Metal Men most recently showed up the pages of the incredibly popular event Dark Knights Metal from fan-favorites Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, so this seems like a good time for DC to bring them back and see if this creative team can build on that appearance. You can read the full press release below.

               
Nth METAL JOINS THE METAL MEN THIS FALL IN NEW DC COMIC

THE DARK MULTIVERSE MYSTERY OF CHALLENGER MOUNTAIN CONTINUES

DC Publisher Dan DiDio and New York Times Bestseller Shane Davis Kick Off Year-Long

METAL MEN Maxi-Series, Expanding DARK KNIGHTS: METAL

BURBANK, CA (July 15, 2019) – The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as DC takes a deep look into Doctor Will Magnus’ robotics lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient in a modern world. Beginning this October, DC Publisher Dan DiDio (WEDNESDAY COMICS) and artists Shane Davis (BATMAN, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Michelle Delecki transform DC’s Metal Men in a new twelve-issue maxi-series drawn from events first seen in bestselling hardcover DARK KNIGHTS: METAL.

“I’m a longtime fan of the Metal Men and had a chance to write them briefly in the anthology, Wednesday Comics, several years ago,” shares DiDio. “With this new series, we explore the essence of what makes the Metal Men human, by having them caught between Doc Magnus, the man who created them, and, the newly introduced, The Nth Metal Man, the being that gave them life.  What I’m enjoying most about this book is the chance to stay true to all existing stories, while building out their mythology in exciting new directions.”

With nods to early DC Showcase stories, where the Metal Men first appeared, and DC’s long history of science fiction storytelling, the Metal Men discover a warehouse of old robots, older versions of themselves, that are junked and apparently left in disrepair by their creator rather than being rebuilt after their heroic battles. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challenger Mountain…the same Challenger Mountain that came through from the Dark Multiverse and landed in Gotham at the end of DARK KNIGHTS: METAL and was the focal point of the DC New Age of Heroes miniseries NEW CHALLENGERS.

“I introduced Superman to a new generation in Superman: Earth One and heard from fans that they truly cared about our perspectives on Clark Kent and Superman,” adds Davis. “Dan and I have a goal on this new Metal Men series to give everyone a quality, entertaining story riffing off modern sci-fi narratives in a way that can only be done at DC. Hopefully fans will like our take on artificial life and find the unexpected humanity in these robots.”

METAL MEN #1, written by Dan DiDio with art by Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki and edited by Jessica Chen, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 16 with a cover by Davis and a variant cover by Philip Tan.

The second title isn’t a series, but rather a series of One-Shots looking back at some of the most impactful events in the history of the DC Universe through the lens of the Dark Multiverse. Even more so than Metal Men, this concept has its roots in the Dark Knights event as the entire concept of the Dark Multiverse was at the heart of the story crafted by Snyder and Capullo.

This project kicks off with One-Shots looking back on two big events from the 90’s, the death of Superman and Bane breaking Batman’s back. The Superman one-shot will be written by Jeff Loveness with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy while Snyder returns to Batman with co-writer Kyle Higgins and artist Javier Fernandez to give us the twisted tale of a Dark Universe Knightfall story. The complete press release is below.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE INFECTS SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN DC HISTORY THIS OCTOBER

BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL and THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN Debut This New Line

of One-Shot Prestige Format Stories

 

Future Titles to Include Twisted Takes on INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT

and THE JUDAS CONTRACT

 

One-Dollar Reprints of Original Comics Also Available Concurrent with New One-Shots

BURBANK, CA – (July 15, 2019) – DC announced today plans to put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events in its publishing history with a series of prestige format one-shots called TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE. Beginning in October, DC’s most talented artists and writers will take fan-favorite events from the DC Universe down a dark and twisted path.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1

Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.

But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1

The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC’S NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL, DC’S MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE), with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) and Andrew Hennessy (SINESTRO, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH, TITANS), with a cover by Lee Weeks.

In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.

These are the first of several titles in this new line; additional one-shots will focus on other events such as INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT, NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 arrives at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30. Timed to the release of each TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE title, fans can also purchase a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, BATMAN #497 (October 16) and SUPERMAN #75 (October 30).