DC Comics has teased that seven different versions of Batman are coming to terrorize the Earth. In September, seven one-shot comics will be released that tie into the Dark Nights: Metal event going on. Each one-shot story spotlights a different, corrupted version of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse to wreak havoc on Earth.
Patrick McCallum, DC Entertainment Executive Editor, told DC Comics website, “With names like The Red Death, The Murder Machine, The Dawnbreaker, The Drowned, The Merciless, The Devastator and The Batman Who Laughs, it’s pretty clear that these creatures mean business and prove just how dangerous the Dark Multiverse will be for DC’s heroes.”
The one shots will begin on September 20 with Batman: The Red Death #1, by Joshua Williamson (writer) Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist).
Following The Red Death will be Batman: The Murder Machine #1, written by Frank Tieri with art by Ricardo Federici which will arrive on September 27.
Writer Sam Humphries and artist Ethan Van Sciver will team up on Batman: The Dawnbreaker, on sale October 4, with Dan Abnett and artist Philip Tan collaborating on BATMAN: The Drowned October 18.
The month concludes with Peter J. Tomasi and Francis Manapul on Batman The Merciless#1, on sale October 25.
November will have two additional one-shot titles, Batman: The Devastator #1 (on sale November 1) and The Batman Who Laughs #1 (on sale November 15).
The presence of these evil Batmen will inspire some of DC’s deadliest super-villains to take down Gotham City for good. DC’s heroes will fight the villains in the four crossover event called Gotham Resistance.
Gotham Resistance will begin with Teen Titans #12 written by Benjamin Percy with art by MIrka Andolfo (on sale September 13), Nightwing #29 by Tim Seeley and Paul Pelletier (on sale September 20), Suicide Squad #26 by Rob Williams and Stjepan Sejic (on sale September 27) and concludes in Green Arrow #32 by Benjamin Percy and Juan Ferreyra (on sale October 4).
McCallum told the DC Comics website, “With the combination of an event comic helmed by two of the most talented creators in comic history a legion of evil Batmen and crossover titles that show just how deeply this event impacts the DCU, fans will know now more than ever that DARK NIGHTS: METAL is something not to be missed.”
Each $3.99 BATMAN one-shot ships with a special foil stamped cover featuring a protective UV coating, with art by fan-favorite creator Jason Fabok (Justice League: Darkseid War, Suicide Squad: The Black Vault, Batman Eternal). Issue #1 of Dark Nights: Metal hits comic book stores and digital retailers on Wednesday, August 16.