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Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

And with that, it seems like Tales From the Dark Multiverse has come to an end. For a while now, DC Comics has been delivering entertaining one-shots. Tales from the Dark Multiverse has given us “dark” takes on classic events of the DC Universe. The comics generally entertained with some stronger than others. The concept as a whole was a fun idea that delivered a bit of “what if?” with an Elseworlds feel. Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 seems to wrap up the concept with a Dark Multiverse version of Dark Nights: Metal.

The original Dark Nights: Metal was written by Scott Snyder. Snyder has a story credit along with writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Tales From the Dark Multiverse has been presented and framed by Tempus Fungnaut. Fugnaut’s a being whose role is search “the dark for a single spark of light”. Through the stories presented there has been lots of death and destruction and little hope. This issue attempts to deliver that as a group of heroes make a stand against Barbatos and his twisted “dragons”.

What’s interesting is Kelly and Lanzing deliver a take on Snyder’s concepts that’s a little bit easier to understand. Though the story is rather compressed, it does a good explanation of the villain Barbatos’ creation and the general events of the real Dark Nights: Metal.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 is the final stand against Barbatos with the final Justice League battling it out. Who remains is interesting and while there are hints at how they’ve remained the comic could have been helped by being expanded. Like so many of the Tales From the Dark Multiverse, the issue is worthy of being a miniseries or even more expanded issue or graphic novel. The comic is a bit too compressed in that way. Some great concepts that I’d love to see more of.

The comic also does a lot more on the “metal” concept. Snyder and the team of creators he’s worked with have often talked about the musical aspects of their two events. The events take on a “metal” attitude but neither has really played heavily on that concept. Here, it’s leaned into heavily with one weapon being a guitar reminiscent of guitar blasters of the past. Within one character we get more of the “metal” attitude than the whole of both of the real events this riffs off of.

The art by Karl Mostert is interesting. Mostert is joined by Trevor Scott and Norm Rapmund on ink, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and Andworld Design on lettering. Some of the design reminded me of the video game Brutal Legend but overall, there’s some solid concepts in characters and the world. There’s a death and destruction of it all without it being overly dark and depressed. The opening of the comic features a great use of panels and a character running from one to another. It helps speed along the story and really nails home what’s going on. The design of the comic overall has a very “rock and roll” feel about it while still delivering bright colors evoking a little bit of 70s van art in a good way.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1’s ending would lead me to believe this series of one-shots is done which is a shame. It provided an interesting outlet for creators to deliver something different, infusing a darker/horror/twisted take on classic DC stories. Who knows what lies on the other side of Dark Nights: Death Metal but here’s hoping it leaves space to explore more of the idea and let us see the adventures of The Final Knight.

Story: Scott Snyder, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Art: Karl Mostert Ink: Trevor Scott, Norm Rapmund
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Written by: Jackson Lanzing, Scott Snyder, Collin Kelly
Art by: Karl Mostert

In the event-defining epic Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League defeated the vile Barbatos and his Dark Knights to save our universe from sinking into the abyss of the Dark Multiverse. But…what if they failed? What if Barbatos reigned victorious? Enter an alternate timeline where the DCU as you know it has been dragged down into the darkness. Witness the Justice League you once knew, hideously transformed into dragons who serve at the mercy of evil. Duke Thomas, the Last Monitor, will have to seek out Nightwing and the few remaining survivors of the Metal event to assemble the Final Justice League in an attempt to save the Multiverse. Featuring a story by Metal architect Scott Snyder, rising stars Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and art by red-hot artist Karl Mostert, you won’t want to miss the biggest, loudest arena rock concert in the history of the DC Universe!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Bruce Lee, Sub-Zero, The Mandalorian and More!

Summer’s almost over, and there’s a cold wave headed for comic shops thanks to Diamond Select Toys! The long-awaited Sub-Zero Gallery Diorama hits stores this week, along with a statue of the cold-hearted Vision, and two pretty cool dudes, Bruce Lee and the Mandalorian. But to balance it out, the Predator brings the heat, Rey basks in the desert of Jakku, and Batman bakes in a heavy suit of armor!

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! That’s some heavy metal! Batman dons Tenth Metal armor for his battle against the Dark Nights in this exclusive 1:8 scale PVC diorama based on the epic Dark Nights: Metal storyline! Wielding a sword and shield as he steps over cleaved tentacles, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB202413, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Movie Bruce Lee 1/2 Scale bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Just in time for Bruce Lee’s 80th birthday, this half-scale bust captures the martial-arts legend’s portrait, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a dragon pillar. Cast in resin and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it is limited to only 1000 pieces and includes a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #DEC192337, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Movie Star Wars The Mandalorian ½ Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The most hotly anticipated TV show of possibly ever is here, and DST is celebrating with a bust of its titular star, The Mandalorian! This half-scale resin bust measures approximately 10 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.  (Item #DEC192331, SRP: $200.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Vision Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Behold the Vision! Depicting the synthezoid as he first appeared on the cover of 1968’s Avengers #57, his hand outstretched ­towards the viewer, this approximately 11” statue was hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged in a full color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (Item #NOV192334, SRP: $150.00)

Mortal Kombat Gallery Sub Zero PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everybody freeze! The first Gallery Diorama in the Mortal Kombat line is the iceman himself, Sub-Zero! Launching a frosty attack, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-grade PVC and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio. Sculpted by Salvador Gomes. (Item #OCT192541, SRP: $49.99)

Predator Gallery City Hunter PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt continues! The Predator line of Gallery Dioramas moves on to Predator 2, capturing that movie’s City Hunter in a moment of triumph! Raising a skull and spine over his head, this sculpture of a masked Yautja warrior stands approximately 11 inches tall with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Made of high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, hand-sculpted by Eli Livingston. (Item #FEB202406, SRP: $49.99)

Star Wars Premier Collection Rey Dreamer Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! While the world gets ready for the Rise of Skywalker, DST and Gentle Giant Ltd. look back at where Rey’s journey began, on the sandy planet of Jakku. Depicting the heroine as she appeared in one of her earliest scenes, dreaming about other worlds, this approximately 1/7 scale statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by the Silva Bros., sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #OCT192540, SRP: $150.00)

DC Expands Its Digital Firsts and Launches DC Essential Reads

DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital First publishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among UsDC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comicsUnder the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.

The first week of DC Digital First titles include:

These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.

While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.

In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex SinclairThe Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam KiethDark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.

DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Reads free issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more. 


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Toy Fair 2019: DC Collectibles Shows New Statues, Figures, and Props

Toy Fair 2019 kicks off this weekend and DC Collectibles has revealed so much including Lucha Libre superhero figures, DC Prime, and DC Engines of Chaos. On top of these new lines there’s even more statues, figures and props.

Additional collectibles debuting in 2019 include a life-size Wonder Woman shield prop measuring 22 in diameter and crafted from fiberglass and polyresin, and new statues starring Batman, Harley Quinn, Red Hood and the Huntress, among others, designed by acclaimed comic book artists Greg Capullo, Greg Horn, Frank Miller, Joëlle Jones and more.

Check them out below!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Statues

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

MINI 7-PIECE BOX SET 4

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

RED HOOD

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

DC GALLERY

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

METAL HARLEY QUINN BY GREG HORN STATUE

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

DC DESIGNER SERIES Statue

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

DC COVER GIRLS Statue

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

DARK NIGHTS: METAL BATMAN Statues

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

Coming This Spring from Diamond Select: Batman, Thor, Black Panther and More!

The cold weather has begun to set in, but warm weather will follow, and with it will come some awesome items from Diamond Select Toys! Shipping in the spring, the following offerings include items based on DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Ghostbusters, Kingdom Hearts, Nightmare Before Christmas and Lady Death! Read on for details, then pre-order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Drowned PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas goes even deeper with another addition to the Dark Nights: Metal series of sculptures – The Drowned! Leaping from the water surrounded by the tentacles of some huge beast, this aquatic Batman from the Dark Multiverse is the perfect addition to any Batman or Aquaman collection! The 10-inch diorama features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton! (Item #NOV182291, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Batwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Never send a Batman to do a Batwoman’s job! Kate Kane, of the Gotham City Kanes, drops into the spotlight in the newest comic-inspired DC Gallery PVC Diorama! With her striking red hair and black costume, Batwoman is ready to leap into action in this approximately 8-inch sculpture. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV182292, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Gallery Dark Knight Joker PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Why so serious? Heath Ledger’s greatest role is brought to three-dimensional life in this, the latest PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. Joining Batman and Bane, this 9” sculpture of the Joker as he appears in The Dark Knight depicts him holding a hand of playing cards with his clown mask and a bag of money at his feet. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp and  sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182293, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Classics Vinimates Dark Knight Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! They’re the Vinimates you need and deserve! The cast of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy come to the DC Vinimates line with these three new releases: Batman, the Joker and Bane! Each 4-inch vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style and strikes a pose straight from the movie. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Batman Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182288, SRP: $9.99)

Joker Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182289, SRP: $9.99)

Bane Vinyl Figure (Item #NOV182290, SRP: $9.99)

Femme Fatales Lady Death IV PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! All hail Lady Death! Brian Pulido’s creation comes to life in a new Femme Fatales PVC Diorama! Depicting her wielding a ball of blue flaming energy, with one hand resting on a massive broadsword, this 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #NOV182295, SRP: $45.00)

Ghostbusters Marshmallow Egon Action Figure PX

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The 1984 horror-comedy classic Ghostbusters is as beloved now as it ever was, and this action figure captures one of its most iconic moments! The most serious and strait-laced of the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler gets covered with marshmallow in this 7-inch scale action figure inspired by the film’s final scenes. This figure features newly sculpted parts and 16 points of articulation, plus alternate hands, proton pack, neutrino wand and display base. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #NOV182296, SRP: $19.99)

Kingdom Hearts 3 Select Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The Kingdom has come! With Kingdom Hearts III fast approaching, DST is offering their first-ever figures based on the newest game! The first 2-pack features Maleficent with Diablo and Sora with the Starseeker Keyblade; the second features Goofy with his shield and Donald with his scepter! Each 7-inch-scale figure features multiple points of articulation, and each two-pack comes in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #NOV182281, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the festivities commence! Jack Skellington comes to life – and life-size – with this first-ever half-scale bust based on the acclaimed stop-motion film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this museum-quality resin bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #NOV182294, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Thor

A Diamond Select Toys Release! By the power of Mjolnir! The Asgardian God of Thunder returns to Midgard – and the Marvel Gallery PVC line – in the form of this electrifying diorama! This sculpture of Thor in his modern garb captures him mid-strike, with lightning coursing through his hammer Mjolnir and into the ground. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, this 8-inch sculpture comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #NOV182284, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers Infinity War Corvus Glaive PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The first servant of Thanos is here! Corvus Glaive is ready to take on the entire Avengers in this new PVC Diorama from the Marvel Gallery line. With his glaive at the ready, Corvus measures approximately 8 inches tall, is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #NOV182282, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Premier Collection Netflix Daredevil Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s a stairway to hell! Straight from the infamous fight scene in Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, this 12-inch scale statue shows a battered Daredevil descending a staircase with duct tape on one hand and a chain in the other. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182285, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Unmasked PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From the blockbuster Black Panther movie comes this new, unmasked Marvel Gallery PVC of T’Challa himself! The Black Panther is ready to pounce on anyone who invades Wakanda in this variant sculpture based on the hit film, and it is in the same 9-inch scale as the other figures in the Marvel Gallery line. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV182283, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel TV Gallery Defenders PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for a team-up! Luke Cage and Jessica Jones return to the Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama line with new costumes and sculpts based on their appearances in Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix! Each approximately 9 inch sculpture is made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Previously a GameStop exclusive.

Luke Cage Diorama (Item #FEB178005, SRP: $50.00)

Jessica Jones Diorama (Item #FEB178004, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Black Costume Spider-Man PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! How spectacular is your Gallery? Spider-Man celebrates Free Comic Book Day with this black-costume variant in the Marvel Gallery PVC diorama line! Crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, Spider-Man lives up to his namesake in this all-new PVC sculpture portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7” high by 11 “ wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Available through FCBD-participating retailers. (Item #NOV180013, SRP: $45.00)

Batman Who Laughs Grins as PREVIEWS Exclusive Funko POP!

No character in the DC Multiverse has earned a bigger cult following this year than The Batman Who Laughs. From a starring role in the Dark Nights: Metal comic book to his own upcoming solo mini-series, the only natural next step is to become one of the hottest collectibles available.

Coming to comic shops in January 2019 is the PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman Who Laughs Funko POP! Ripped from the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes the Batman Who Laughs, a striking version of the Caped Crusader who makes nightmares shudder as a POP! Vinyl Figure! Each POP! figure stands about 4″ tall and comes in a window box for display.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Batman Who Laughs Funko POP! (JUN188595, SRP $11.99) is now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date in January 2019. Find a comic shop near you so you can order yours!

NYCC 2018: DC Collectibles Reveals New Batman Cowl Line, Statues and Action Figures

The Dark Knight and his foes are taking over the DC Collectibles slate in 2019. Announced today at New York Comic Con, DC Collectibles will debut a dedicated Bat-cowl line and new Batman-themed statues next summer.

Expanding its best-selling DC Gallery line of prop replicas, DC Collectibles will celebrate the distinct designs of the Caped Crusader’s iconic cowl seen in comics, video games and more, with a collection of 1:2 scale Bat-cowl replicas. The first Bat-cowl is inspired by DC’s critically acclaimed DC Universe Rebirth comics and will hit stores in May 2019. The DC Rebirth cowl will be followed by the 3-D interpretation of Batman’s cowl featured in the fan-favorite Batman: Arkham Asylumvideo game produced by Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Fans can bring home the Arkham Asylum cowl replica in July 2019.

Additional Batman items announced by DC Collectibles today include a new Dark Nights: Metal statue by Greg Capullo featuring the Merciless, a new Batman Black & White statue of The Joker based on artist Sean Murphy’s acclaimed Batman: White Knight comic book and a new Harley Quinn Red, White & Black statue based on Frank Cho’s variant cover of Harley Quinn #50.

In non-Batman-related news, DC Collectibles also revealed new character additions to the company’s popular DC Essentials action figure line. Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl and Cyborg Superman will hit stores in June 2019.

See below for the complete list of new DC Collectibles items revealed today at NYCC:

DC Gallery: Batman Cowl Line

 

  • DC Gallery: Rebirth Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale May 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

  • DC Gallery: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl
    • Sculpted by Dave Cortes and Amos Hemsley
    • Size: 1:2 scale
    • On sale July 2019
    • MSRP: $90.00
    • Available for pre-order today, October 4

 

 

Batman Black & White: WHITE KNIGHT The Joker by Sean Murphy Statue

  • Designed by Sean Murphy
  • Sculpted by Karen Palinko
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DARK NIGHTS: METAL Batman: the Merciless Statue

  • Designed by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP $85.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black: Harley Quinn by Frank Cho Statue

  • Designed by Frank Cho
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

DC Essentials Action Figures

  • New characters: Wonder Woman, the Cheetah, Supergirl, Cyborg Superman
  • Designed by Jason Fabok
  • Size: 1:10 scale
  • On sale June 2019
  • MSRP: $26.00 each
  • Available for pre-order on October 15

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