There was a time when DC Comics ran just like an old computer that needed a hard reboot. Despite being home to some of the most legendary characters and storylines in the history of the genre, there was a time not that long ago that where the product grew stale.
But as DC always does, they got right and came back with a flurry of new ideas that have changed the scope of the game.
Starting with the ongoing Rebirth initiative, the imprint has been throwing nothing but heat into the comics stratosphere.
In late summer they reassembled Batman’s New 52 unit to unleash the intricate Dark Knight: Metal mini-series which is any but small in scope.
The tandem of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo haven’t lost one bit of their synergy.
One of the darkest and most involved takes on Batman and his often tortured relationship with his Justice League cohorts is on full display in this run that concludes in February.
Snyder told IGN that there are multiple forces at work in the series.
“One of the major themes of the story is that sometimes when you’re following a mystery towards its answers, you wind up realizing you’re just another part of it,” Snyder said. “There’s a machine much bigger than you rolling towards something you never saw coming.”
Thus far, the work that is already setting up the DC’s Dark Matter run in 2018 has been on another level.
And with such situations comes the inevitable rise of the variant covers.
In some cases, the alternates are throwaways. The case of Dark Knight: Metal, the variants bring a tell-tale flavor to the tone of the series.
In good news for fans, DC is running a contest that provides fans the chance to secure the entire set of variants here.