DC comics has recently announced that along with their summer event, Dark Days Metal, five all new series will be joining the Rebirth roster. These series are stated to be very artist focused with artists playing as big of a part, if not more in the production of them. This is likely the case because of Marvel recently stating that artists don't push the needle anymore and the backlash that they received. I am very excited about these series because of the talent like, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, James Tynion IV and Dan DiDio.
These new titles are coming spaced out after the Dark Days Metal miniseries and each character will have been introduced in the miniseries. The arrival of the titles are spaced out from September, to December of 2017. What each series will most likely be like along with the official synopsis follow.
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.
To me at least this seems like a very Spidermanesque character. A teenager gets super powers and struggles to control them while going through high school. DC has tried to capture the appeal of Spiderman before, most recently with Blue Beetle, but none of the attempts have ever really caught on. Sideways may just change that, I mean look at that art!
The concept of of whenever you use your powers you start to grow evil is one that has been done before, but is still extremely interesting. It will add a nice spin making this character more self actualized.
Just looking at those concept sketches I have gotten extremely excited. The villains look new and excitingly specific to this title. I always like looking at characters and being able to automatically place which title the originate from. I also love Derek James look, well I mean the name also hooked me but his appearance means this comic won't just be a light hearted series. Man can Derek pull off that brooding face. I also believe that his diversity will not cause fault to the book. Contrary to what Marvel believes diversity is not killing sales.
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.
The title of this comic was slightly off putting as all I can thing of when I see The Silencer are cheesy action movies. Even the description of this comic did not serve to ease my misgivings as it is a very used idea in our current culture. Still Talia al Ghul will be involved in this series which undoubtedly means the league of shadows will have a role, something that ensures the story to have quality.
I won't be too quick to write off this title as DC has been doing magnificent work lately with a wide variety of comics. John Romita Jr will definitely take this series in the right direction.
That said this comic will do best if it stays away from great mindless action sequences and focuses on character development. The more time spent on developing Honors relationship with her family, the more this title will be enjoyable.
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.
I have to say that this is one of the titles I am most excited to start reading. Many readers will instantly jump to the conclusion that this is DC's version of the Hulk with aspects of a failed Captain America. At a closer look this proves to be a very fascinating addition to the Dark Days Matter line up. Ethan has the ability to unleash the monster only for an hour at a time. This provides a dangerous aspect to using up the monster too early in a fight. While Damage might appear to be unstoppable he has a very real time limit.
The government aspects of this character promise to be interesting. The Heroes of DC unlike Marvel do not work for the government, in fact the government run programs like Suicide Squad often have a negative history with other DC heroes.
Can we take a moment to admire those sketches. I mean wow, really just wow I love that art. I prefer the decaying grinning look over all them because of its frightening factor. The scarier the monster is the more effective it will be in my opinion as a different form than Ethan Avery. Also I don't know if you can see it in the image but their is a small teaser that says,
I am so pumped about this, the Justice League vs Damage sounds like an amazing event. Watching the Justice League lose to Damage, and then(hopefully) having Batman discover that they just have to outlast him for an hour would be interesting. Honestly that small note is one of the things that has gotten me the most pumped for Dark Days Matter.
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 is the title that I am the most excited for of the lot of these comics. Immortal Men, is that not one of the sickest titles of a comic series. The synopsis of this book only served to fuel my enthusiasm as this sounds like a delightful concept. The five factions each run by a sibling going to war to decide how best to save the world. This title will be done best if done in a manner which renders the ability to chose good and evil between the siblings invalid. Where each ones opinion can be validated and chosen as the right one. Also with the siblings being alive since the dawn of time they can have great experiences, leading to an already rich history, and expert flashbacks. I am just so pumped for this title.
Jim Lee's work is a great example of the power a great artist has on the success of a title. I am a huge fan of Jim Lee's work on Batman: Hush seeing how that is my favorite Batman story arc of all time. The character design for these five siblings is the most intriguing part of the comic, at least to me. The siblings mostly seem like a mix of old superhero costumes, horror like that seen in Hellboy, and robotic Sci-Fi aesthetics. I am going to do something a bit different because of how much I am anticipating Immortal Men, I will review each siblings appearance.
- Ghost Fist is the only sibling with a name, and personally I have already chosen him as my favorite sibling. He is stated as the secret hero of Harlem. I love that they chose to make his home a real place rather than a made up one. His appearance is very urban and I am guessing those lines are fire. Ghost Fist is the trench coat hero of the early twentieth century. He serves as a type of call back to the past.
- At bottom left is a more 90's punk rock hero. At first glance she comes off as a member of Metallica or another heavy metal band.The pike in her hand comes off as a type of staff or crucifix. I am guessing she has something to do with death judging by her general aesthetic. Just by the way she is model it seems as if she is floating, which would be amazing. Her appearance comes off more modern and horrorish than anything else.
- In the middle is what appears to be a demon bird or something along the lines of that. I wouldn't be surprised however if the face was just a mask. The reaching withered hands make this sibling appear older, despite them all being said as looking young. I love how Sci-Fi and Horror were mixed to create a revolutionary character design. The tail is a great touch and the logo makes this sibling appear as if he was from a age when it was obligatory for heroes to have their logos on their costumes.
- Top Right is what appears to be a very traditional hero. This sibling sports not only the tight fitting spandex, but also a flashy cape. Of all them, despite me saying they should have no distinguishable sides, she appears the good, or at least least evil of them. Her gear belt can't help but make me recall batman, while I realize that she does not have any mask. This siblig is the most traditional hero.
- Bottom left is finally one of the strangest, weirdest, and scariest siblings. This siblings head, which is really all of it we are shown, reminds me of Lord Havok, leader of the Extremists.I think this brother is wearing some kind of gear or tech to make him appear this way, as you can see by the lines on his neck and the plates on his shoulders. This siblings if anything looks the most modern of the siblings.
I am very excited to read this title. With out such great character design the concept would still be a home run. The note about them having different houses is a interesting concept. With a loyal group of followers for each sibling their conflicts could become more interesting and developed. Shame I have to wait till October to read this.
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 written by Scott Snyder so prepare to be suitably pumped. His work on Batman and then All Star Batman is nothing short of amazing. I mean seriously it has been amazing. That said I am prepared for this title to be a hard subject to get right. It is essential a reboot of The Challengers old series, reboots are always hard because of loyal fan bases. Also the concept of a team out running death while facing old threats is a well used one. I am prepared however for Snyder to ace this one.
The way this title could be successful is if it focuses on weird, weirder the better. Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert have to treat this series like a type of Doom Patrol, as Doom Patrol is currently in a fantastic run, due to it's return to weird. I can not stress enough how bad this title has the potential to be if it focuses on being normal, or fitting in to other comic's. I hope Scott Snyder will know this as he has a great marketplace and fan-base awareness.
The sketches for New Challengers are phenomenally done. The team comes off looking like a family which would be great to see play out in text. My misgivings are also mostly chucked out as you can see by looking at the man with arms and the skeletal looking dragon. Fantastical fights stand waiting in this titles future and boy will that be great to watch. The creators of this title also seem to have a great excitement for this comic so it is guaranteed to hold their passion in it's pages.
That concludes what we know so far about Dark Days Matter. This event is a very artist and diverse line being pushed. It reminds of the golden age of comics when artists where just as important as writers, as it should be. The great artists will hopefully make all these titles visually appealing at least. I am also excited that these titles are diverse, not for diversity sake but because it matches these character choices.
I am most excited about Sideways, Damage, and Immortal Men, but they all look groundbreaking. I have not been excited for an upcoming comic line since the DCYou initiative.