Multiverse crossovers, while a mainstay in the comic book industry for decades, are all the rage again, and DC is dipping deeply into their vast catalog of characters both new and old for a mega-event series titled Dark Nights: Metal.
This upcoming summer saga explores a newly discovered dark universe within the DC worlds, and contains plot threads of Hawkman's search for Nth Metal, Batman's experimental obsession with the rare element, and the emergence of an entire weird territory for superheroes and villains to cavort within.
All-Star Batman's Scott Snyder, a well-known name around DC these days, is heading up the creative team, along with artist Greg Capullo. And Snyder revealed a few choice details on the super secret project to IGN:
I can’t say too much about it. I don’t want to spoil too much, but ultimately, I got fascinated by this idea that our universe itself is comprised mostly of dark matter and dark energy. Things that we can’t perceive at all, and we’ve only discovered that relatively recently. So it’s almost as if our universe is the foam on the ocean of things that we can’t see, or know, or perceive, and yet we feel the effects of those things right and left.
The Dark Multiverse is sort of a completely unexplored area of the DC cosmology that’s new to it, but fits in with the cosmology that’s been created by all of the writers and artists ahead of me. In terms of what Grant [Morrison] was able to do in Multiversity, with Geoff Johns in Infinite Crisis and all the way down to stories like Cosmic Odyssey. I had a great time re-reading all of that stuff.
Snyder also commented on the nature of Rebirth restoring a nostalgic flair to some of the forgotten DC superhero teams, and Dark Night: Metal launching off into uncharted cosmic waters:
What I’ll say about the Dark Multiverse is that if Rebirth – which has been so good to us and Geoff Johns did such a great job with – is largely about bringing back classic, restoring legacy and honoring the great characters from the past and bringing them back in a way to set them up, then Metal gets to be the bad brother. The one that gets to create all kinds of new stuff. I can say that it affects, or at least the properties of dark energy, dark matter and begins to affect the DCU.
No exact launch date has been released, as details and storylines are still being polished, but expect Dark Nights: Metal to ignite comic shops later this summer. Besides the mainline Metal release, DC will introduce Dark Matter spinoffs featuring five new series, titled The Silencer, Sideways, The Immortal Men, Damage and New Challengers.
Dark Nights kicks off with a pair of prequel one-shots to prime readers for the metal madness. Dark Days: The Forge will drop June 14, followed by Dark Days: The Casting on July 12, both showcasing the talents of Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr.
Does this insane event series sound intriguing enough to make your summer reading list?