After two years of hints and teases, the sequel to 2017-2018's Dark Nights: Metal has taken shape as Dark Nights: Death Metal - a six-issue event series scheduled to debut May 13. The entire Metal creative team - writer Scott Snyder, artist Greg Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion, and colorist FCO Plascenia - are back in a story which picks up threads from the original as well as more recent tales such as "Year of the Villain," Snyder's Justice League run, and the current Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen.
In fact, DC's announcement of Dark Nights: Death Metal revealed where the DCU will end up by the conclusion of Hell Arisen, and it ain't pretty.
"The Earth has been consumed by Dark Multiverse energy, having been conquered by the Batman Who Laughs and his evil lieutenants, corrupted versions of Shazam, Donna Troy, Supergirl, Blue Beetle, Hawkman, and Commissioner Jim Gordon," reads DC's announcement. "Some heroes, like Wonder Woman and the Flash, have made compromises as they negotiate to keep humanity alive in this hell-born landscape. Others, like Batman, are part of an underground resistance looking to take back control of their world. Superman is imprisoned, cursed to literally power Earth’s sun for eternity."
Snyder has previously stated that Wonder Woman will be the key hero of what we now know as Death Metal - and she'll get some help from a "mysterious figure" DC wants to keep secret.
"But a mysterious figure provides Wonder Woman with vital information she might be able to use to rally Earth’s remaining heroes to resist the Batman Who Laughs," the Death Metal description continues. "Can the Justice League break away from the Dark Multiverse and defeat Perpetua?"
"I’ve been waiting to do this story since we finished Dark Nights: Metal," Snyder said in the announcement. "As much as it was a complete event, we left some threads hanging there for sure. I’d hoped that if people liked the first series enough, we’d have a chance to set up something bigger, and that’s our plan for Death Metal."
In addition to the core Dark Nights: Death Metal limited series, DC plans for several concurrent 'Metalverse' one-shots similar to what was done for the original Metal.
"For all of us, Dark Nights: Death Metal is about the fun factor," added Capullo. "Comics should be fun, bombastic, and over-the-top. This series is going to be exciting and jam-packed with great ‘metal-esque’ moments that will make fans lose their minds when they see them."
Dark Nights: Death Metal is scheduled to ship monthly, with a skip month in August before the series ends with November's #6.
"Dark Nights: Metal was an absolute game-changer for DC," said DC's Editor-in-Chief/Senior Vice President Bob Harras in a statement. "It was a crazy roller-coaster ride that gave us not only the Batman Who Laughs, but a story that was so crazy over-the-top, it kept our readers on the edge of their seats with every issue, and I expect Scott, Greg, FCO, and Jonathan will tell a story with even higher stakes, and definitely more Joker dragons!"