"Invaders from the Dark Multiverse attack Earth, giving rise to the ‘Gotham Resistance’," is how DC deccribes a series of seven one-shot comics that tie into the August-launching Dark Nights: Metal event. Each one-shot will spotlight a "different, corrupted version of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse."
“With names like The Red Death, The Murder Machine, The Dawnbreaker, The Drowned, The Merciless, The Devastator and The Batman Who Laughs, it’s pretty clear that these creatures mean business and prove just how dangerous the Dark Multiverse will be for DC’s heroes,” said Patrick McCallum, DC Entertainment Executive Editor in an announcement.
Here are the seven one-shots along with their creative team and publication date:
September 20: Batman: The Red Death #1 by Joshua Williamson & Carmine Di Giandomenico
September 27: Batman: The Murder Machine #1 by Frank Tieri & Ricardo Federici
October 4: Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 by Sam Humphries & Ethan Van Sciver
October 18: Batman: The Drowned #1 by Dan Abnett & Philip Tan
October 25: Batman: The Merciless #1 by Peter J. Tomasi & Francis Manapul
November 1: Batman: The Devastator #1 (creative team not announced)
November 15: The Batman Who Laughs #1 (creative team not announced)
According to DC, the presence of these malevolent Batman doppelgangers infects some of DC’s deadliest super-villains, who campaign to finally take down Gotham City.
"But rest assured, DC’s bravest heroes aren’t rolling over for anybody and are ready to fight for the city’s very soul in Gotham Resistance."
That's a series of crossover stories beginning with Teen Titans #12 by Benjamin Percy & Mirka Andolfo (on sale September 13), Nightwing #29 by Tim Seeley & Paul Pelletier (on sale September 20) and Suicide Squad #26 by Rob Williams & Stjepan Sejic (on sale September 27).
"With the combination of an event comic helmed by two of the most talented creators in comic history a legion of evil Batmen and crossover titles that show just how deeply this event impacts the DCU, fans will know now more than ever that Dark Nights: Metal is something not to be missed," said McCallum.
Each of the seven $3.99 one-shots will ship with a special foil stamped cover featuring a protective UV coating, with art by Jason Fabok.