The Batman Who Laughs is poised to rise from the Dark Multiverse, and he's going to do unpleasant things to the Justice League once he arrives. And while the evil Batman from another dimension is slated to debut in just under a month in Dark Nights: Metal #2, the cover art for the event series' fifth issue shows that he'll be posing a threat beyond his first appearance and subsequent one-shot.
The cover, created by the team of Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia, offers a close-up view of the villain's face. His twisted, Joker-esque smile grimaces from behind a custom Tarot card he's holding, which depicts the members of the Justice League's heads on pikes.
“I’ve been planning Metal for as long as I’ve been writing Batman, but I want Metal to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth,” writer Scott Snyder said of the event in a previous statement. “Most of all, we want to create new material that feels really modern and different. And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. Dark Nights: Metal will be celebratory, huge and crazy.”
Dark Nights: Metal #1 is on sale now with a cover price of $4.99; subsequent issues will be priced at $3.99. Issue #2 arrives September 13.