New Dark Matter Titles

DC have revealed that after the forthcoming Dark Nights: Metal event, there’s going to be a new family of titles under the Dark Matter heading. Over at Newsarama, there’s some preview art and descriptions of the series and here’s my level of interest:

· Debuting in September
· Written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita Jr.
· Honor Guest was the world’s deadliest assassin, until she traded it all for a chance at a “normal” life in the suburbs, free from the constant death and destruction. But as her former life comes back to haunt her, Honor must strip away her suburban persona and protect her family as THE SILENCER.

Not for me, I think – the whole deadly super assassin thing just doesn’t appeal.

· Debuting in September
· Written by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort
· Forever changed by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a teenager struggles to live through high school as he comes in contact with Dark Matter and gains the power to teleport through the Dark Dimension. But each leap brings the new hero one step closer to succumbing to the allure of his new power and its dark origins.

Definitely not – every comic I’ve read that’s been written by Dan DiDio has, frankly, been awful (I’m looking at you, Phantom Stranger, in particular) so that’s enough for me to bow out.

· Debuting in October
· Written by James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee
· Born at the dawn of time, five siblings find that with eternal life comes eternal war. As the forces of destruction march into the modern world, they operate from the shadows, recruiting the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon. They are humankind’s hope sprung eternal….they are the IMMORTAL MEN.

This sounds interesting to me although we’ll probably get four issues with “art by Jim Lee” before a fill-in artist has to take over!

· Debuting in October
· Written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel
· Ethan Avery only wanted to serve his country, but promises of becoming the ultimate weapon leave the new recruit living a nightmare. Cursed with the ability to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time, Ethan only wants to live out his life in peace. But if he can tame the monster inside, it might just be able to do more good for the country than Ethan ever expected.

It’s a possible – I like Venditti’s writing and Daniel’s art but there’s only so many pennies to go around.

· Debuting in December
· Written by Scott Snyder with art by Andy Kubert
· Characters live on borrowed time, running from death toward the greatest mysteries, wonders and terrors of the universe! It’s a new cast, new mission, but in conversation with the history and greatness of the original Challengers of the Unknown. The story starts with Challengers Mountain returning after having been missing for years, and only gets wilder from there…

This is the other definite for me – I like the writer and the artist and the concept sounds intriguing.

More Dark Nights: Metal News

Despite my slight reservations over the title – seriously, Dark Nights: Metal just sounds like the worst 80s heavy metal album ever and I should know, I owned more than my fair share of them – the more I’m hearing from Scott Snyder about DC’s next big event gives me a great deal of hope.

This article reveals that it’ll be six issues long, starting in August and with no need to read any tie-ins. I have no doubt DC will have other series cross over with it as well as spin off vaguely connected miniseries like they did with Final Crisis – did we really need Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape? – but it’s good to see a distinct event planned.

He mentions in that article that “Metal is a DC wide event … It’s not a bat family book. It’s Justice League+” which is reassuring for me as I’m not a Bat-book reader so have missed everything he’s done on the Batman books over the last few years, though I hear it’s very good.

Again, though, the thing that gives me the most hope for this series, is the overall tone that Snyder’s pushing as he says here:

And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. Dark Nights: Metal will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.

With a bit of luck (and if I can pull my finger out) I can finally finish the War of The Gods annotations and be ready for this series.

DC’s Next Event: Dark Days

Well, this is interesting news – a new event coming to DC for this summer, written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, with art by Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr that will deal with the “dark underbelly of the DC Universe.

Not being much of a Batman fan, I haven’t read any of Snyder’s work with the character, though I enjoyed his New 52 Swamp Thing run, so I’m keen to see what he does in charge of a “massive summer event.

The linked article is light on detail but one thing did leap out at me – part of the the last paragraph from Snyder:

What I want this [event] to be is different. I want it built out of the stories happening now and creating new material and giving everybody a place to tell stories that fit what they’re doing on their books, and feels really modern and different and above all fun. I don’t want it to be grim. I don’t want it to be superheroes arguing over something. Superheroes won’t be fighting superheroes. I want it to be celebratory, and huge, and crazy. I am going for out of control dinosaurs and lasers. It should be fun.

A fun superhero event? Bring it on!

RIP Bernie Wrightson

The famed artist has passed away, leaving behind some fantastic artwork.

While he’s rightly famous for his comic work and the adaptation of Frankenstein, I think my earliest introduction to his art was in the pages of the expanded version of Stephen King’s The Stand in the early to mid-80s. I was a big fan of King at that point and The Stand was, and still is, my favourite of his books (though it’s probably a tie with The Dark Tower series.) Wrightson contributed half a dozen or so black and white illustrations for the then-newly released version where, among other characters and scenes, he produced the following picture of the re-emerging Randall Flagg in the till-then unseen epilogue to the book:

RIP Bernie Wrightson.

Who Indeed?

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned my mate Spike getting Carlos Ezquerra to do a sketch of Johnny Alpha for me? That popped into my head a couple of days ago when I was looking through some old 2000AD collections and found this in Judgement Day:

Not Garth Ennis’s best work, but at least we got a Johnny Alpha / Judge Dredd team up out of it.