Rock and roll. DC Comics is letting Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo wreak multiversal havoc once again in Dark Knights: Death Metal.
If you read Dark Knights: Metal then you know that the event, helmed by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, changed the game for the DC Universe. And even though it ran a few years back, it’s still having a lasting impact.
Metal brought the Dark Multiverse to light, which was a previously unseen shadow of the DC multiverse that fans know. It’s basically filled with horrors, characters and settings that play out the worst ‘what ifs’ from DC lore. If you need an example, all you really need to know is that the event introduced The Batman Who Laughs.
Speaking of, that particular villain has effectively dominated the DCU’s Earth. Things aren’t in good shape and they’re about to get worse.
This new series spins out of the events of Scott Snyder’s Justice League run and the Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen miniseries by James Tynion IV. The Earth has been consumed by Dark Multiverse energy, having been conquered by the Batman Who Laughs and his evil lieutenants, corrupted versions of Shazam, Donna Troy, Supergirl, Blue Beetle, Hawkman, and Commissioner Jim Gordon. Some heroes, like Wonder Woman and the Flash, have made compromises as they negotiate to keep humanity alive in this hell-born landscape. Others, like Batman, are part of an underground resistance looking to take back control of their world. Superman is imprisoned, cursed to literally power Earth’s sun for eternity.
But a mysterious figure provides Wonder Woman with vital information she might be able to use to rally Earth’s remaining heroes to resist the Batman Who Laughs. Can the Justice League break away from the Dark Multiverse and defeat Perpetua?
Sounds pretty bleak, huh? Well if you read Metal, then you know that while that’s probably accurate, Death Metal should also have all kinds of over the top action.
Snyder and Capullo explained what kind of craziness fans can expect from Death Metal, in an article from DC’s website:
“I’ve been waiting to do this story since we finished Dark Nights: Metal,” said Snyder. “As much as it was a complete event, we left some threads hanging there for sure. I’d hoped that if people liked the first series enough, we’d have a chance to set up something bigger, and that’s our plan for Death Metal.”
“For all of us, Dark Nights: Death Metal is about the fun factor,” adds Capullo. “Comics should be fun, bombastic, and over-the-top. This series is going to be exciting and jam-packed with great ‘metal-esque’ moments that will make fans lose their minds when they see them.”
Prepare for insanity. Dark Knights: Death Metal is set to start its six-issue run this May, take a short break during August, and then begin heading towards its conclusion in September.
Issue #1 lands on May 13th, 2020.
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