DC will be launching several new titles as part of the summer event Dark Night: Metal under the banner name of Dark Matter. DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio revealed the news during the publisher's presentation at Diamond Comics Distributors' Retail Summit in Chicago. Five titles will spin out of Dark Night: Metal to complete the Dark Matter banner, as revealed in an Entertainment Weekly article.
The books that will spin out of Dark Nights: Metal are:
Sideways by writers Dan Didio & Justin Jordan and artist Kenneth Rocafort (September), following "a teleporting teenager changed by the events of [Dark Nights: Metal]".
The Silencer by writer Dan Abnett and artist John Romita Jr. (September) "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."
Immortal Men by writer James Tynion IV and artist Jim Lee (October), "a story about five immortal siblings who “operate from the shadows, recruiting the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon."
Damage by writer Robert Venditti and artist Tony S. Daniel (October) "in which army recruit Ethan Avery is granted the power “to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time."
- New Challengers by writer Scott Snyder and artist Andy Kubert (December), a reboot of The Challengers of the Unknown but with a "new cast" and new mission."
Here is a video released as part of the announcement:
“What I love about Dark Matter is it’s a return to bringing both the writer and artist to the fore,” DC Publisher Jim Lee said “At our talent summit, we brought together some of our key creators, writers, and artists, and we sat around and talked about what was missing in comics, what we could do to create something different that maybe fans of this generation hadn’t seen before.”
Capullo says that Dark Nights: Metal will "open doors" DC fans thought they never would.
"[Scott Snyder and I are] opening doors nobody thought we were gonna go through… the promo I did was Batman holding two battle axes, so this is the kind of crazy stuff we’re gonna see in this," said Capullo.
"Dark Matter is a banner - not an imprint, not a world, not a universe," DiDio said.