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Denizens of the ComicsVerse! I had the opportunity to sit in with retailers in an empty conference hall before C2E2 opened when DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee unveiled SIX new DC Universe books under the banner Dark Matter. Dark Matter kicks off in August, partnering the most lauded artists in the industry with award-winning writers. With artists such as Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. at the creative helm, DC will launch new titles IMMORTAL MEN, DAMAGE, SIDEWAYS, NEW CHALLENGERS, and THE SILENCER, with characters from each series making their debuts in the recently announced DARK NIGHTS: METAL.

Dark Matter’s focus is on visual storytelling, more specifically, fantastically detailed graphic epics. Some of comics’ most respected creators join previously mentioned artists. Dan DiDio, Justin Jordan, James Tynion IV, Dan Abnett, Robert Venditti, Kenneth Rocafort, and Scott Snyder also joined the discussion.

“What excites me most is that this series of books takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative team,” says Dan DiDio. “Comics are a visual medium, and with these titles, the artists are working hand in hand with the writers in shaping the look and direction of their characters. In reaffirming the craft of making comics, we’ve brought together a master class of talent, led by Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr., to help set the style, tone and visual direction for these books. With these four industry giants taking the lead, I feel we can bring the power and energy expected from superhero storytelling back to the page.”

“Dark Matter is a return to bringing both the writer and artist to the fore to unlock their full potential,” explains Jim Lee. “At the talent summit, we discussed what was missing in comics and how we could create something that’s new for this generation of fans. The result was Dark Matter. You’ll see bombastic action scenes and a visual narrative driven by the artist. This approach energized the creators involved, myself included, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with these books.”

To excite fans about the upcoming launch, DC is releasing a series of interviews with the creators in their homes. Capullo, Kubert, Romita Jr. and Lee discuss their artistic process and working on new stories with their collaborators in the DC Universe. This is something you don’t want to miss!

DARK NIGHTS: METAL

Debuting in August
Written by Scott Snyder w/ art by Greg Capullo

It all begins with DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a story that examines every choice a hero doesn’t take. It examines every path they don’t walk, opening up worlds forged by nightmares. Characters and stories from each Dark Matter book can be found throughout this series.

THE SILENCER

Debuting in September
Written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita Jr.

Honor Guest was the world’s deadliest assassin. She traded it all for a chance at a “normal” life in the suburbs, free from the constant death and destruction. As her former life comes back to haunt her, Honor must strip away her suburban persona and protect her family as THE SILENCER.

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. Each leap brings the new hero one step closer to succumbing to the allure of his new power and its dark origins.

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. These people recruit the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon. They are humankind’s hope sprung eternal. They are the IMMORTAL MEN.

DAMAGE

Debuting in October
Written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel

Ethan Avery only wanted to serve his country. However, promises of becoming the ultimate weapon leave the 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. If he can tame the monster inside, it might just do more good for the country than Ethan ever expected.

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 and a new mission. It lives 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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