Dark Matter Is DC’s New Artist-Centric Comic Book Line

Dark Matter is a new line of DC comics focusing on "epic graphic storytelling" from a group of legendary artists.

As teased by Batman comic book veteran Scott Snyder just a few weeks ago, the recently announced Dark Nights: Metal event is only the beginning of a new artist-centric line of books from DC. At C2E2, DC unveiled Dark Matter, a new line of books that features the work of renowned artists Greg Capullo, John Romita Jr., Jim Lee, Tony S. Daniel, Andy Kubert, and more. Writers include Scott Snyder, Dan Abnett, James Tynion IV, and Dan DiDio.

While Dark Matter’s flagship title is Dark Nights: Metal, a Justice League story with a focus on Batman, the rest of the line will tell stories with lesser known or forgotten DC characters. New Challengers, a new Challengers of the Unknown book written by Snyder and drawn by Kubert, is a particular highlight of the new line. Dark Nights will serve as an introduction to the rest of the Dark Matter characters.

Here are the details for the new books:

DARK NIGHTS: METAL

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Debuting in AugustWritten by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo

It all begins with DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a story that will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, opening up worlds that are forged by nightmares. Characters and stories from each of the Dark Matter books will be plotted throughout this series.

THE SILENCER

Debuting in SeptemberWritten 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.

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SIDEWAYS

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Debuting in SeptemberWritten 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.

IMMORTAL MEN

Debuting in OctoberWritten 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.

DAMAGE

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Debuting in OctoberWritten 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.

NEW CHALLENGERS

Debuting in DecemberWritten 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…

“What excites me most is that this series of books takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative team,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio in a press release. “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.”  “Dark Matter is a return to bringing both the writer and artist to the fore to unlock their full potential,” explained Publisher Jim Lee. “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.”

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The lead up to Dark Matter begins in June with the first part of a two-part Batman story, Dark Days: The Casting #1. More on Dark Matter as we learn it!