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DC Announces New Metal Men Series, Character Drawing From Dark Knights: Metal

Writer Dan DiDio will team with artists Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki on a twelve-issue maxi-series called Metal Men, drawing from the events of Dark Knights: Metal in the creation of a new character: Nth Metal Man.

Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia, Dark Knights Metal ran from 2017 to 2018 and involved Batman discovering a dark multiverse connected to the regular DC universe through a mysterious metal. The Dark Knight's investigation led to him accidentally releasing evil versions of himself from across the multiverse. The new series will build on the events of that series.

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You can see the cover for the first issue by Davis and the summary for the series below:

The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as DC takes a deep look into Doctor Will Magnus’ robotics lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient in a modern world. Beginning this October, DC Publisher Dan DiDio (WEDNESDAY COMICS) and artists Shane Davis (BATMAN, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Michelle Delecki transform DC’s Metal Men in a new twelve-issue maxi-series drawn from events first seen in bestselling hardcover DARK KNIGHTS: METAL.

With nods to early DC Showcase stories, where the Metal Men first appeared, and DC’s long history of science fiction storytelling, the Metal Men discover a warehouse of old robots, older versions of themselves, that are junked and apparently left in disrepair by their creator rather than being rebuilt after their heroic battles. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challenger Mountain…the same Challenger Mountain that came through from the Dark Multiverse and landed in Gotham at the end of DARK KNIGHTS: METAL and was the focal point of the DC New Age of Heroes miniseries NEW CHALLENGERS.

Created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, the Metal Men first appeared in 1962's Showcase #37. The members include various characters named after different metals. THe team itself is based out of Magnus Labs

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“I’m a longtime fan of the Metal Men and had a chance to write them briefly in the anthology, Wednesday Comics, several years ago,” DiDio said in a press release for the book. “With this new series, we explore the essence of what makes the Metal Men human, by having them caught between Doc Magnus, the man who created them, and, the newly introduced, The Nth Metal Man, the being that gave them life. What I’m enjoying most about this book is the chance to stay true to all existing stories, while building out their mythology in exciting new directions.”

"I introduced Superman to a new generation in Superman: Earth One and heard from fans that they truly cared about our perspectives on Clark Kent and Superman,” Davis said. “Dan and I have a goal on this new Metal Men series to give everyone a quality, entertaining story riffing off modern sci-fi narratives in a way that can only be done at DC. Hopefully fans will like our take on artificial life and find the unexpected humanity in these robots."

Metal Men #1 released on October 16 and will feature a variant cover by Philip Tan.

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