Earlier this year, DC Comics promised that a pair of new one-shots — Dark Days: The Casting and Dark Days: The Forge — will kick off a mystery that “will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe,” and lead to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights: Metal event. Shortly after that tease, DC announced its Dark Matter imprint, a line of titles headlined by Metal and focusing on its roster of superstar artists including Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. and others.
Now, DC has debuted new glimpses of what Kubert and Romita have in store for Batman, Aquaman and Superman; the publisher has released an early look at the artists' pencils for the one-shot's variant covers. On Kubert's cover, Batman and Aquaman strike impressively intimidating poses, while Romita Jr.'s art teams Superman with the Dark Knight, the latter of which appears to be using some rather New Gods-esque flight equipment.
According to DC’s release, “The Forge” “begins with a discovery, and a secret. Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the Multiverse! What has he discovered? And how does this connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?”
“Spearheaded by Snyder, METAL and it’s preludes will expand the DCU as we know it— revealing that the world of our favorite DC characters still has many areas left uncharted. Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League think they’ve been to every corner of the Multiverse—but a looming threat is coming from a place they never knew existed. Welcome to a crazy, melt-your-face, hard-rock space adventure like you’ve never seen before.”
Slated to hit store shelves on June 14, Dark Days: The Forge is written by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder with art by Jim Lee, John Romita Jr., Andy Kubert and Scott Williams.