DC Comics has just announced its big summer event and it’s a doozy! The sequel to Dark Nights: Metal, the series that brought fans new nightmares like the twisted villain The Batman Who Laughs, is now gearing up for another installment as this May brings us Dark Nights: Death Metal #1! Below are some previews of the cover art to issue one and a sneak peek at the interior art by Greg Capullo. It looks like DC is about to get really metal! Here is the official release announcement from DC!
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL: MELTING FACES THIS MAY
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Take a Curtain Call
for a Bigger, Louder, and Faster Sequel to their Headbanging 2017 Series
BURBANK, CA (February 12, 2020) – DC will give readers what they want this summer—bigger, louder, faster, and “metal-er“—as the publisher announced its plans for Dark Nights: Death Metal, the sequel to the smash-hit 2017-18 series Dark Nights: Metal, which brought widespread changes to the DC universe and introduced fans to the Dark Multiverse and a runaway-hit villain, the Batman Who Laughs.
A new Dark Nights: Death Metal series means an encore for the original team of hardcore headbangers: the bestselling team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, along with inker Jonathan Glapion and colorist FCO Plascencia. Issue #1 of this six-issue miniseries hits comic book stores and online retailers on May 13, 2020. The series will also include several “Metalverse” one-shots throughout the summer months, expanding the vast world created by the Death Metal storyline.
“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.”
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?
“Dark Nights: Metal was an absolute game-changer for DC,” said DC SVP and editor-in-chief Bob Harras. “It was a crazy roller-coaster ride that gave us not only the Batman Who Laughs, but a story that was so crazy over-the-top, it kept our readers on the edge of their seats with every issue, and I expect Scott, Greg, FCO, and Jonathan will tell a story with even higher stakes, and definitely more Joker dragons!”
Dark Nights: Death Metal is a six-issue monthly series with issues #1-3 shipping in May, June, and July, then resuming in September, October, and November. Issue #1 will be available in comic book stores and participating online retailers on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. For more information on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit www.dccomics.com, the DC YouTube channel, or follow @DCComics and @TheDCNation on social media.
Dark Nights: Death Metal #1
Writer: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo
Release Date: May, 12th 2020
Check out this amazing art for issue #1
- Main cover by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia
- Batman Variant (not final art) by David Finch
- Superman Variant cover by Francesco Mattina
- Wonder Woman Variant by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
- 1:100 Death Metal variant by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
- Some early interior pages by Greg Capullo