DC goes Death Metal on new comic racks this summer

DC’s acclaimed creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo will not be going soft in 2020, as they take its comics multiverse into a new phase of Death Metal, this summer.

Dark Nights: Death Metal is the comics sequel to the over-the-top hit series 0f 2017-2018, Dark Nights: Metal, which brought widespread changes to the DC universe and introduced fans to the Dark Multiverse and its super edgy evil Batman from the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs. This will be a six-issue miniseries, with the first issue released on on May 13, 2020. Like the original series, there will be several “Metalverse” one-shots throughout the full release, expanding the story.

Joining the Snyder and Capullo team, is inker Jonathan Glapion and colorist FCO Plascencia.

“I’ve been waiting to do this story since we finished Dark Nights: Metal,” said Snyder in a recent press release. “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: Death Metal will kick off on May 13, 2020, then continue June, and July, then resuming in September, October, and November. Check your local comic stores and popular digital comics apps for more release information and incentive covers.

Captain’s note: Absolutely loved the hell out of Snyder and Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth. It’s that bonkers, ridiculous, unhinged storytelling that I feel refreshing when dealing with generation-spanning superhero icons.

Sam Kieth brings back The Maxx to face the Dark Knight

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Happening soon, as an awesome dream come true for Batman fans who remember well The Maxx, from the classic comics and MTV animated series.

Now both will meet, as Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams is set for comic stands, as a joint venture from IDW and DC.  The original creator of The Maxx and famed artist of many great comic stories, Sam Keith will return to tell this story through his unique visual art style and storytelling.

Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams is set for a five-issue miniseries comics event. The first issue of Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams will debut this September, with covers by Sam Kieth and Jim Lee.

“Doing a Batman and Maxx crossover is like a family reunion with my favorite brother and our really cool cousin,” says Sam Kieth. “You never want it to end… or at least I hope you won’t!”

When a devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum conducts unconventional forays into the human psyche, he kicks off a disastrous chain reaction by experimenting on Arkham’s newest patient: The Maxx! The city of Gotham soon begins to merge with the Outback, The Maxx’s psychedelic mental landscape. It’s up to Batman to save Gotham and all of reality… but only by joining The Maxx on a trip into the darkest depths imaginable: the twisted minds of Batman’s greatest enemies!

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Sam Kieth,” says editor Scott Dunbier. “He puts his heart and soul into his art, and gives you something truly unique in the process. We can’t wait for people to see this!”

Look for Batman / The Maxx: Arkham Dreams #1 in comic book stores everywhere, this September.

San Diego Comic Con 2015, Part 3 – Cosplay Craziness

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Meanwhile at San Diego Comic Con 2015..

Characters from our fictional fandoms come alive, through the fans and their cosplay representations. Such has been a tradition for decades, through the term of cosplay has been more widely used through modern times. Now, the scope of popularity can be measured through the presence of those “dressing up.” For 2015, Harley Quinn, Batman, Deadpool, Spider-man, Wolverine, various Jedi Knights, Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman (!) remain constant among con-goers.

I was happy to see some attendees have a go at more recent and upcoming characters from films, including Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad, the Dark Jedi from Star Wars ep. VII: the Force Awakens. I love the throwbacks that appeal to my love for pop-culture nostalgia, including those from GI Joe, Back to the Future, Mighty Mouse. I also enjoy the more obscure characters that get some cosplay love among the attendees including the monster from Five Nights at Freddy’s, the Borg Queen, Union Jack, Devestator.

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Next up for part 4..some interesting, odd stuff!!

– Orion T

Favorite Comic Covers this Week 5/6/15

My choice favorite covers for comic books released this week…

Featured below…

 Dead Drop #1 (Valiant Comics), by Adam Gorham

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Afterlife with Archie #8 (Archie Comics) by Francesco Francavilla

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Afterlife with Archie #8 variant cover (Archie Comics) by Francesco Francavilla

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Bandette #10 (MonkeyBrain Comics), by Colleen Coover

Bandette 10

Arcadia #1 Cover D variant cover (Boom! Studios) by Scott Pfeiffer

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Convergence: Superman #2 (DC Comics) by  Brad Anderson

Convergence: Superman #2

Feathers #5 (Boom!) by Jorge Corona

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Halogen #3 (Boom Studios) by Afu Chan


Angel and Faith: Season 10 #14 (Dark Horse Comics) by Scott Fischer

Angel and Faith: Season 10 #14

Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1 (Dark Horse Comics) by Ben Stenbeck

Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1

Names #9 (DC Vertigo) by Christine Duart Peter

Names #9

Punisher #18 (Marvel) by Mitch Gerads

Punisher #18

Kanan: Last Padawan #2 (Marvel Comics) by Mark Brooks

Kanan: Last Padawan #2

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) by Steve Pugh

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2

Special thanks goes to the r/comicbooks Reddit board, originally featured some of these covers sans titles and other text. Link to more textless comic covers here.

Check out your local comic stores and digital outlets for the great stories inside!

– Orion T

COVER ART: Greater Comic Cover Art of Dec. 2014

Here is some favorite comic book cover art, published in the past month of December 2014.

Also, special thanks goes to the r/comicbooks Reddit board for originally posting many of these covers sans titles and other text).

Now, on with the show…

Grayson #5 (DC Comics), by Mikel Janin

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Drifter #2 (Image Comics), by Nic Klein

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Rocket Raccoon #6 (Marvel Comics), by Skottie Young

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Secret Six #1 (DC Comics), by Dale Eaglesham

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Wolf Moon #1 (DC Comics, Vertigo imprint), by Jae Lee

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Catwoman Annual #2 (DC Comics), by Gary Brown

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All New X-Men Annual 1 (Marvel Comics), by Andrea Sorrentino

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Trinity of Sin #3 variant (DC Comics), by Cully Hamner

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Green Lantern Corps #37 (DC Comics), by Bernard Chang

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Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #3 (IDW) by Gabriel Rodriguez


– Orion T