If there's a major DC Comics event, then Jim Lee will be involved on some level. Not only is Lee a genuine comics industry legend, the fan-favorite artist is also DC's co-publisher, so it's no surprise that in addition to illustrating part of the event's prequel storyline in Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting, he's also providing variant covers for the upcoming Dark Nights: Metal.
Lee's also got a strong social media game, which he recently put to use to debut the first look at his variant cover for the first issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's big Batman-led series. For his variant, which Lee tweeted out earlier this week, he made the call to focus on one of Batman's Justice League teammates, and a regular subject of Lee's cover art, Wonder Woman.
"My #WonderWoman cvr to #Metal 1 written by master headbanger @ssnyder1835 & illustrated by the incomparable @GregCapullo," Lee tweeted, along with a reminder that the series debuts August 16.
When Batman begins to investigate the most recent death of Hawkman, the opening events of Metal “blows it out into an entire Justice League extravaganza, where everybody sort of goes and finds out that the DC cosmos is a lot larger and scarier and wondrous than everyone thought,” Snyder explained in an interview.
Launching in August, the Dark Nights: Metal event will kick off DC’s brand new “Dark Matter” line, which will consist of The Silencer by Dan Abnett and John Romita Jr., Sideways by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan and Kenneth Rocafort, Immortal Men by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee, Damage by Robert Venditti and Tony S. Daniel, and New Challengers by Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert.
Written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, Dark Nights: Metal is described as the former Batman team’s “rock ‘n’ roll epic.” According to DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, the entire DC Universe is at risk in the event. “Not even just our world,” he said, “but multiple worlds at risk.” The story will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, opening up worlds that are forged by nightmares, and characters and stories from each of the “Dark Matter” books will be plotted throughout this series.