Usually when the phrase, “This story is a love letter to everything that has come before,” is spoken by a writer or artist, it feels like it could be disingenuous. And sometimes it is. But… when writer Scott Snyder said it at the DC Day Two panel, he & his artist Greg Capullo followed that phrase up with story teases and artwork that proved their commitment to that statement.
DC Dark Knights Metal was a smash hit in sales, and with fans, upon its release. It also helped set up a major change for the DCU, which Snyder and co-writer James Tynion IV expanded on in their epic Justice League run. The Source Wall, built by ancient gods in the eons before mankind that houses the universes most dangerous threats, has been destroyed. Perpetua, one of those very threats, has escaped and is not only destroying the DCU but the multiverse as well. And she isn’t working alone…
From a dark multiverse comes the Batman Who Laughs, a Joker-infected-Batman from another reality, and his army of evil Bat-beings. From The Drowned to The Crows, from a Bat-Mage to a Bat-T-Rex, and from a Bat-Monster Truck Transformer to a Dr. Manhattan Bruce Wayne; Snyder, Capullo and their team are not pulling back on the wackiness.
But Snyder ensures us that as insane and over-the-top as things get, the story is about sticking with each other through the darkest of times in order to prevail. In an industry that has been ripped apart and divided in many ways over the past few years, it’s nice to at least hear this sentiment. Chances are that in the real world we are sadly, and tragically, unlikely to unite, but at least our fictional heroes can. Hopefully, that inspires us to find a way to do the same.
Marvel may have Heroes that resemble us or have the same everyday problems that we have, but DC has Icons who set the example and show us what it’s like to be more human than human. From the DC Day Two panel, Snyder teased that DC Death Metal will build off events from Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, Infinite Crisis, Final Crisis, and Doomsday Clock. Snyder and Capullo want to make sure that for fans of DC, no matter how many years or decades they’ve been fans, they feel rewarded for having read all that history.
In Death Metal, fans will see an army of Lobos, a Robin King who has the body of Barry Allen’s dead mother shoved into a Flash ring, and Wonder Woman leading the heroes into some of the craziest and most epic battles fans have ever seen.
For Flash fans, the Flash Family will have to outrun The Darkest Knight’s minions in order to save humanity. Wally West plays a key role in the first two issues so far and will be getting his own one-shot called SpeedMetal to help flesh out more of his journey. More one-shots will be announced soon, but Snyder ensures that if fans just want to read the core seven issues of Death Metal, they’ll get a complete experience. But for those who want more of that experience, the tie-ins and one-shots will be there.
After watching this panel and hearing Snyder, Marie Javins, and Capullo say, “It all matters,” it’s clear that it isn’t just lip service. They mean what they say and their passion shows it. Two issues of DC’s Death Metal are out now, with the third releasing soon. Contact your local comic shop today to make sure they order every issue for you so that you don’t miss out!
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Speed Metal #1, by Joshua Williamson along with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira as well as a cover by Howard Porter, will be available on September 22! Here’s how DC describes it:
It’s the drag race from hell! Taking place after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, the Darkest Knight is after Wally West and his Dr. Manhattan powers. Thankfully, Wally has back-up in the form of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, and Wallace West! It’s a knockdown, drag-out race through the Wastelands as the Flash Family tries to stay steps ahead of the Darkest Knight and his Lightning Knights!
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