DC Comics announced five new titles under the “Dark Matter” banner during the Diamond Retailer Summit on Thursday, according to Entertainment Weekly. The previously announced “Dark Nights: Metal” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will be included under this banner, along with five other books:
Written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita, the book “will focus on Honor Guest, the former world’s deadliest assassin now trying for a quiet life in the suburbs until (surprise!) her former life comes back to haunt her, and she must become The Silencer to protect her family.” Debuts in September.
Written by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort, the book follows a “teleporting teenager changed by the events of [“Dark Nights: Metal”]. Debuts in September.
Written by James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee, “a story about five immortal siblings who operate from the shadows, recruiting the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon.” Debuts in October.
Written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel, the story focuses on “army recruit Ethan Avery [who] is granted the power ‘to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time.'” Debuts in October.
Written by Scott Snyder with art by Andy Kubert, “it is a reboot of Challengers of the Unknown, but with ‘a new cast’ and ‘new mission.'” Debuts in December.
The announcement of this new banner came with a focus on the importance the artists. DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio emphasized this, “What excites me most is that this series of books takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative team. Comics are a visual medium and with these titles, the artists are working hand in hand with the writers in shaping the look and direction of their characters. In reaffirming the craft of making comics, we’ve brought together a master class of talent, led by Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr., to help set the style, tone and visual direction for these books. With these four industry giants taking the lead, I feel we can bring the power and energy expected from superhero storytelling back to the page.”
Co-Publisher Jim Lee confirmed this focus, saying, “‘Dark Matter’ is a return to bringing both the writer and artist to the fore to unlock their full potential. At the talent summit we discussed what was missing in comics and how we could create something that’s new for this generation of fans. The result was ‘Dark Matter.’ You’ll see bombastic action scenes and a visual narrative driven by the artist. This approach has energized the creators involved, myself included, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with these books.”
Look for “Dark Matter” books out this fall.
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