Artist Jim Lee has revealed the metallic foil cover for DC Comics’ upcoming “Dark Days: The Forge." According to Lee, the metallic foil cover is returning in honor of “Dark Nights: Metal,” the summer event that will delve into the terrors and nightmares of the DC Comics universe. Lee revealed the special cover in an Instagram video.
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My cover for DARK DAYS: THE FORGE--one of two prelude books which sets up the big DC summer event entitled DARK NIGHTS: METAL by @ssnyder1835 and @real_greg_capullo. Dark Days: the Forge and DARK DAYS: THE CASTING are out in June and July! I'm doing the art for both prelude books with @andykubert and @joromjr. The Dark Days titles written by @ssnyder1835 and @jamesthefourth!
“This is my cover for ‘Dark Days: The Forge’ and, as you can tell me from the sheen and the shadows falling across this cover, it is, indeed, metallic foil,” Lee says in the video. “We’re bringing this back in honor of ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. ‘Dark Days: The Forge,’ though, is the book I’m working on and it’s a prelude to the big summer event. This is written by Scott Snyder, as well, and James Tynion IV, and is drawn by Andy [Kubert].”
Foil covers in comics have long served as collector's items that denote major arcs in a series. The trend was immensely popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but has largely died out. Foil covers were particularly popular among Image Comics titles, but they were also common for Marvel and DC Comics series.
“Dark Days: The Forge” centers around the mysterious Forge. Concerned that Batman is hiding a dark secret, Aquaman and the Flash set out to uncover what that may be. That secret could have major ramifications on the multiverse and may shed new light on the origins of one of DC’s most iconic superheroes. "Dark Days: The Forge” is one of two comics that sets up the events of "Dark Nights: Metal."
Jim Lee is a comics artist with over 28 years of experience in the industry. He got his start penciling art for “Alpha Fight,” a series that focused on Canadian superheroes like Sasquatch and Northstar. In 1992, Lee left Marvel to become one of seven artists who founded Image Comics. Lee returned to Marvel in 1996 to participate in the Heroes Reborn initiative, which sought to re-brand several major characters and superhero teams in the Marvel universe. Lee went to work for DC Comics in 1998, where he became one of the key architects behind the recent New 52 reboot project.
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, Scott Snyder and Scott Williams.