DC made quite the splash today at the Dark Matter panel where they revealed that Jeff Lemire, creator of hits like the Eisner-nominated Black Hammerand the criminally underrated Frankenstein, Agent of SHADE, is returning to the DC Universe to write what promises to be the best Fantastic Four comic on stands.
Ivan Reis and Evan “Doc” Shaner join Lemire on The Terrifics,a book spinning out of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullos Metalcrossover, that features a genius (Mr. Terrific), a woman who can become invisible (Phantom Girl), a stretchy dude (Plastic Man), and a rock monster (Metamorpho).
Eel O’Brien, the stretchy reformed ex-con, and Rex Mason, the man who can take the form of any element or molecule he knows of, have only been mentioned in passing since Flashpoint rebooted DC continuity in 2011.
Mr. Terrific led his own New 52 launch title before being shuffled off to Earth 2 to play a significant role in the re-development of the DC Multiverse, and he was one of the characters to discover the Anti-Monitor’s multiversal tuning fork in Dark Days: The Forge. Both Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific have received significantly more attention in the live-action Berlantiverse, with Curtis Holt as a regular character on Arrowand Rex Mason dying on The Flash after about 10 times the screen time as it took me to read the one issue of Justice League Internationalhe was mentioned in.
Phantom Girl’s appearance here is fascinating: she is one of the earliest members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of adventurering heroes in the 31st Century who were inspired by Superman and have played a vague background role since Rebirth.Saturn Girl, one of the founding members, is currently locked in Arkham Asylum and was last seen when Batman was putting his Suicide Squad together for Tom King’s “I Am Suicide” arc.
Shaner dropped a teaser of the characters on Twitter. Check it out below:— Doc Shaner (@DocShaner) July 21, 2017
The Dark Nights: Metal crossover will run concurrently with Doomsday Clock, the miniseries reported to integrate Watchmen with the mainstream DCU, and with the hints dropped in the prologue books (The Forgeand The Casting), it looks like the structure of the multiverse is going to become more of a story point for the broader DCU than it’s been for more than a decade.
Lemire’s writing won’t be limited to The Terrifics, though. He’s also writing the Hawkman Found one-shot, and rumored to be taking on the sisyphean task of a Hawkman ongoing series following the crossover. He’ll be joined on Hawkman Found by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan on art, which is, quite frankly, a ridiculously good art team.
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