Tales From The Dark Multiverse: A Series Of One-Shots That Take A Twisted Look At DC Comics
by Olly MacNamee
With the invention of the Dark Multiverse in last year’s Dark Nights: Metal mini-series, DC Comics have a whole new sandbox to play around in, and they intend to do just that with the news of a series of prestige format one-shots called Tales from the Dark Multiverse. Launching the October, these one-shot specials will take some of DC Comics biggest events and give then a twisted, dark remix.
Here’s the details on their first announced titles, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 and Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 with cover art by Lee Weeks.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1
Co-written by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins, with art by Javier Fernandez and a cover by Lee Weeks , this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.
But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1
The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness , with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Henness.
In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking revenge on those who let Superman die and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.
Additional one-shots in this series will focus on other events such as Infinite Crisis, Infinite Crisis Blackest Night, New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99.
Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16th with Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 arriving at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30th.
As well as this, DC Comics are also releasing a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, Batman #497 (October 16) and Superman #75 (October 30). Considering how dark these storylines were first time round, I’ll be interested in seeing an even darker retelling of these seminal tales.