More On DC's New DARK MATTER Titles

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The line-up of titles for DC’s Dark Matter banner spinning out of it's now-revealed flagship title Dark Nights: Metal has been announced. The five new titles - plus the previously announced Metal - which make up the “first wave” of the banner, which was unveiled at DC’s Diamond Retailer Summit presentation, are as follows:

THE SILENCER
·      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. 
 
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SIDEWAYS
·      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.
 
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IMMORTAL MEN
·      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.
 
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DAMAGE
·      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.
 
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NEW CHALLENGERS 
·      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… 
 
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You can see art from some of DC's "Dark Matter" titles right here.

Speaking on The Silencer, artist John Romita, Jr. compared Honor Guest to a “female John Wick,” but explained there’s no tragedy that drives her backstory – for the main character, killing is just a job.

“It’s been done to death,” Romita confessed about the concept of what he calls a super assassin, “But we know what we have to do to make it different. Dan’s idea is brilliant.” Romita said The Silencer is about the mix of “street level reality with a little bit of fantasy.”

Romita also delved into Honor Guest’s backstory, saying her original job was as a killer of men, but now that she has a husband and son, she’ll have to balance that mission with family life when she is “reactivated” out of retirement by Leviathan's Talia al Ghul.

Andy Kubert then spoke about New Challengers, saying that the story was still in its infancy. He did speak about the new, diverse cast and said they’ll be facing a host of new missions and enemies.

“One thing that attracted me to this is the covers my father did for the old Challengers of the Unknown series,” he explained.

The last artist working on a newly-announced book, Jim Lee, spoke about creating Immortal Men with James Tynion, IV, explaining that the book is about a chunk of Nth metal which arrives at the dawn of DC’s history, imbuing five brothers with immortality. Those brothers go on to secretly drive the history of the DC Universe, splitting into five different factions.

Details on Sideways and Damage were less forthcoming – though DiDio did say that Damage's titular star is a brand new character that draws on the name and themes of the DCU’s previous hero of that name.

Dark Matter will start with Metal in August. No specific release dates for any of the new titles have been given.

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