DC Comics unleashed some pretty impressive news about their upcoming slate at WonderCon last weekend.
DARK DAYS AHEAD FOR THE DC UNIVERSE
Kicking off a massive event this summer, The New York Times best-selling writers Scott Snyder (ALL-STAR BATMAN) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert (DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE), Jim Lee (SUICIDE SQUAD) and John Romita Jr. (ALL-STAR BATMAN) for DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1 and DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1.
Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.
“Art like this demands an epic story,” says Snyder. “DARK DAYS posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on BATMAN. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for DARK DAYS. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.”
“We’re taking all the ethos and excitement of the work Scott and I have been doing in the Batman titles and unleashing it across the entire DC Universe,” adds Tynion IV. “The size and scope of what we’re looking to do with DARK DAYS could only be accomplished by the best of the best. Andy, Jim and John are legends. All of us on this project are pushing one another, and every concept, to the extreme.”
Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with DARK DAYS, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, further enriching the DC Universe.
“Working with Scott and James on DARK DAYS is the culmination of the big ideas and endless brainstorming that came out of a recent creative summit,” explains Lee. “It was tremendous fun having peers like Andy Kubert and JRJR in with some of our top writers. Strategically, Dan and I have talked for a long time about bringing the artist back to the table in the genesis of big, epic events. The creative summit was just that, and the level of collaboration was truly invigorating and electrifying. We can’t wait to share DARK DAYS with the DC faithful…they’re in for a thrill ride!”
DC’S YOUNG ANIMAL ELECTRIFIES AT WONDERCON
DC kicked off WonderCon 2017 with a spotlight on DC’s Young Animal, the edgy and weird pop-up imprint curated by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. The panel thrilled and excited attendees and fans of DOOM PATROL, MOTHER PANIC, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL, and CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE with new details on future issues and a first look at the upcoming series BUG!: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER.
The panel, moderated by Vertigo Group Editor Jamie S. Rich, included curator and DOOM PATROL writer Gerard Way, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE writer Jon Rivera, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL writer Cecil Castellucci, and MOTHER PANIC writer Jody Houser.
The panelists showed off new interior pages from the main and back-up stories, as well as shared what they think makes each of these books so unique to other comics on shelves. Way teased a special one-shot issue of DOOM PATROL with fan-favorite artist Michael Allred coming this July, and fans were elated to hear that CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE will have a brand new back-up feature called “The Wonderful World of Rocks” by fan-favorite writer Mark Russell (THE FLINTSTONES, PREZ) and artist Benjamin Dewey (Autumnlands). Look for it in issue 7.
As a bonus, first pages from BUG!: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER were revealed.
This new miniseries is an Allred production with Lee, Michael and Laura Allred leading the team. This new series will follow the life of Forager, from creator Jack Kirby, as he finds himself in a mysterious house in an unknown realm. When he attempts to make his way home, he’ll meet a number of strange creatures, but none so dangerous as the evil General Electric. Look for it on shelves on May 10!
DC CELEBRATES WILDSTORM’S 25-YEAR LEGACY AT WONDERCON
Fans treated to first look at the upcoming anniversary book available this August
WonderCon attendees got more than they expected at the WildStorm 25th Anniversary Panel. This year marks a major milestone for the imprint, and the founder, DC Publisher and artist Jim Lee, was joined by other superstar artists and writers as they honored the line’s legacy, revealed details of an anniversary book and looked toward the future of the WildStorm universe.
The Saturday afternoon panel, moderated by Lee, included Ryan Benjamin, Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair and Scott Williams as they shared fascinating and fun memories of their time working together, turning a passion project into a line of comic books.
“‘It’s hard to believe 25 years have gone by so fast’—says everyone who has ever stuck with anything for 25 years” said Lee. “Our hope is to celebrate the future of the WildStorm characters, sharing the origins of its past and also giving fans a chance to watch some of the WildStorm talent do some live drawing to showcase what made WildStorm Studios so unique.”
The panelists divulged fresh details on WILDSTORM: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS—an oversized hardcover collection coming this August. The book will include thrilling new stories from some of comics’ legendary creative teams, including a WILDCATS story from Jim Lee and Brandon Choi, a GEN13 tale from J. Scott Campbell, THE AUTHORITY story from Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, and a BACKLASH short from Brett Booth; brand-new pinups of classic characters from John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Fiona Staples, Adam Hughes, Carlos D’Anda, Lee Bermejo and Ryan Benjamin; behind-the-scenes material; and reprints of WildStorm’s greatest stories!
DC has ushered in the next generation of WildStorm storytelling with a new pop-up imprint, curated by Warren Ellis, placing these beloved characters in reimagined stories. Readers can check out THE WILD STORM #1 and #2, on shelves now, written by Ellis with art by Jon Davis-Hunt. This flagship series of the imprint will launch future series, including MICHAEL CRAY, later this year, with more to follow.
Attendees were treated to live demonstrations throughout the conversation, first looks at exclusive new artwork, and everyone in attendance left with a printing of the new cover from the anniversary collection. To catch a glimpse of what was seen on this thrilling panel including the exclusive artwork, check out the gallery below.
DARK NIGHTS: METAL
Snyder and Capullo Reunite, Transform the DCU with #DCMetal
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, along with DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, announced that their highly anticipated event, DARK NIGHTS: METAL, will rock comics this summer. The news was revealed at Fan Expo Dallas and streamed worldwide via Facebook Live.
“I’ve been planning METAL for as long as I’ve been writing BATMAN,” says Snyder. “But this is bigger than BATMAN. Greg and I started dropping clues during Court of Owls, we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with BATMAN #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. METAL takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares.”
The New York Times bestselling BATMAN writer and artist team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo made their mark as one of the great duos in Batman history. Together on a single title for an outstanding fifty issues, Snyder and Capullo’s award-winning stories The Court of Owls, Death of the Family, Zero Year and Endgame turned generations of Batman fans into a global horde of Batman superfans. With DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott and Greg will build on this strong foundation and broaden the scope of their storytelling to encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe.
“As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows,” says Capullo. “I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to see Scott and Greg take on the DC Universe,” says DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. “DARK NIGHTS: METAL leans into the strength of the relationship Scott and Greg forged on BATMAN to launch something new and unexpected. We’re pushing the world’s finest heroes in new, unexplored directions to tell a giant story, using all the characters in our pantheon.”
DC’s new summer blockbuster publishing plans complement DC Universe Rebirth, which is filled with stories about superheroes that push characters beyond their potential to a place where their courage is tested and they persevere in the face of evil. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares.
“I want METAL to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different,” continued Snyder. “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.”
DARK NIGHTS: METAL is DC at its most heroic, clashing with titans of terror from realms yet to be explored. Look for the first issue on shelves in August 2017.