Some really cool news regarding that giant image DC Comics has had on the side of its booth since the start of this week’s San Diego Comic Con, not only has the return of Plastic Man, but a new team for the DCU, and more!
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE
The team behind 2017’s hottest event, DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, were joined by DARK MATTER contributors Jim Lee, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IV and Robert Venditti in this revealing hour of comics!
“What excites me most about our blockbuster event METAL is that it takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative teams working at DC right now,” said panel moderator and DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “DARK DAYS leads to DARK NIGHTS, and DARK NIGHTS leads to DARK MATTER. Everyone on stage here today, as well as the teams back at home working on their books, is bringing the power and energy expected from superhero storytelling to the pages of these new titles.”
Characters and stories from each of the DARK MATTER books will be plotted throughout METAL, which Snyder described as “if Frazetta and Jack Kirby had a baby to a heavy metal soundtrack, METAL is that event. Battle armor, dinosaurs, robots. It’s really meant to be a celebration of comics and is a thank you to you the fans, honestly. We’re going all out.”
During the panel DiDio revealed that, in addition to the titles announced earlier this year at C2E2, DC would be publishing additional titles under the upcoming DARK MATTER banner. New artwork for BRIMSTONE and THE TERRIFICS was shown, in addition to key artwork for THE SILENCER, SIDEWAYS, IMMORTAL MEN, DAMAGE, and NEW CHALLENGERS.
While artwork for THE TERRIFICS was on screen, DiDio pulled a surprise guest, writer Jeff Lemire, on stage to join the panelists. Lemire will make his return to DC with the title in 2018.
Outside of the press release, we learned that The Terrifics will be made up of Mr. Terrific, Phantom Lass, Plastic Man, and Metamorpho. I’m wondering how many other people are seeing the Terrifics as a swipe at Marvel Comics’ long absent Fantastic Four series? Also, PHANTOM LASS!? How cool is that? Though they are going to need to explain where she came from. Joining Lemire will be Ivan Reis doing the art duties.
Brimstone will be the horror comic of the DCU, written by Justin Jordan with Phillip Tan on art.
Scott Snyder will write the New Challengers, with Andy Kubert on art.
Probably the biggest announcement coming out of the DC Metal event is that the series will not feature variant covers, and each issue will only cost $2.99. I hope this price reduction is a sign of things to come from DC Comics.
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