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DC Reveals more Tales From the Dark Multiverse

Looks like the Dark Multiverse continues to have a lasting effect on the DCU, blemishing many of DC’s defining moments from across history. This December, the infection continues to fester, as the publisher announced three new titles to get the Dark Multiverse treatment this December.

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: WAR OF THE GODS #1

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 1

In this 48-page, $5.99 Prestige Format one-shot, the realms of the gods have been turned upside down and inside out, on the verge of engulfing Earth and its people. Only one hero stands to defend it: Wonder Woman! But this dark mirror image of an epic tale features a Wonder Woman who is ready to destroy our world!

Cursed by the evil goddess of magic, Hecate, the Amazon warrior princess Diana has become a weapon of vengeance ready to tear down any god or superhero that stands in her way. Will Earth and its heroes survive her might? Or are they doomed to worship the dark princess of the Amazons for the rest of eternity?!

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: WAR OF THE GODS #1

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 15

When the Anti-Monitor’s deadly grudge match with the Multiverse was finally foiled, there was only one Earth left! But which Earth? That was crucial to what would happen next. In one timeline, Earth-1’s Superman stopped the Superman of Earth-2 from going into final battle, but in the Dark Multiverse, it’s Jor-L of Earth-2 who survives, changing the landscape for all that follows!

When Surtur comes looking to crush all life, the beleaguered heroes jump into their next big battle, jumping from one Crisis to the next…but will the last days of the Justice Society of America play out differently if Green Lantern Alan Scott steps into the darkness?

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS

TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1

Written by COLLIN KELLY, JACKSON LANZING and SCOTT SNYDER
Art by KARL MOSTERT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
December 29

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 Dark Nights: 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

All three of these titles are 48-page Prestige Format titles, each selling for $5.99. 

DC Delivers a First Look at Tales From the Dark Multiverse Batman: Hush and Flashpoint

Following the smash success of last year’s Tales from the Dark Multiverse series of one-shots, DC returns with more chronicles that explore dark and twisted versions of DC’s most memorable stories!

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 – On Sale November 3

It begins on November 3 with the story that kicked off the modern era for the Dark Knight, Batman: Hush, the landmark story that introduced Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Tommy Elliot to the DC universe and his quest as he tried to destroy Batman!

But in this version, of the classic tale, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson  and artist Dexter Soy pose the question: What if Tommy had ruined Bruce Wayne’s life when they were children?

Tommy Elliot grew up to be the Dark Prince of Gotham City with help of Talia al Ghul, Oswald Cobblepot, Harvey Dent, and Jason Todd! But vengeance is coming in the form of Batman the Silenced…who will tear Tommy’s life apart! Written by rising star Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God) with jaw-dropping artwork from Dexter Soy (Batman and the Outsiders)!

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by DEXTER SOY
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 11/3/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Hush #1 – On Sale November 3

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1 – On Sale November 17

On November 17 the event that changed the game for DC’s Super Heroes and Super-Villains is contaminated by the Dark Multiverse, courtesy of fan favorite writer/artist Bryan Hitch (Hawkman, Justice League: Rebirth)

Spinning out of the events of a world where a single choice by the Flash effected the entire DC Universe, find out what would have happened if Barry Allen had not put things right. If a world where the Flashpoint reality was never undone, where Thomas Wayne still haunts Gotham City as the Batman, and the Amazonian and Atlantean armies still prepare for war, will the Reverse Flash embrace this darker more deadly world and finally eclipse Barry Allen’s legacy?

Written by BRYAN HITCH
Art by BRYAN HITCH
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
ONE-SHOT | PRESTIGE FORMAT
ON SALE 11/17/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Flashpoint #1

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Judas Contract #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Judas Contract #1

(W) Kyle Higgins, Matt Groom (A) Tom Raney (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $5.99

The Dark Multiverse reimagines one of the most renowned stories in comic book history, “The Judas Contract”! In this shocking tale, Terra’s betrayal starts not with the Teen Titans, but with Deathstroke himself! Now, free from her mentor’s influence and supercharged by the same serum that turned Slade Wilson into the world’s deadliest man, Tara Markov will forge a new destiny, written in the Teen Titans’ blood.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Judas Contract #1

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

I honestly don’t remember the original Infinite Crisis. It’s an event I might have read but the specifics are something that don’t stick out. So, I generally went into Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 with a pretty clean slate as to what to expect.

Written by James Tynion IV, Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 is an entertaining issue though feels like a story we’ve seen before in other DC series and storylines.

In this Dark Multiverse take on the original story, Ted Kord survives his encounter with Maxwell Lord. From there, it’s a story of power and corruption that we’ve seen many times before.

Like other Tales From the Dark Multiverse, the problem is the issue packs in a lot to one oversized issue. It’s something that would have benefited from an issue or two to expand or a series of miniseries taking place over a month. Kord’s survival also sets off a series of changes and events that are touched upon and only some of the most die-hard DC fans will appreciate it. There’s just a lot packed in and a lot touched upon without much depth.

The art by Aaron Lopresti is solid. With ink by Matt Ryan, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr., and lettering by Rob Leigh the look of the comic is a nice mix of styles. The end is a blend that feels like what was being released during the time of the original series. There’s some great design as the series progresses and the team does an excellent job of creating lots of dramatic moments while having to pack in a lot into the issue.

The comic is entertaining and as a “what if” story it does a solid job. Issues remain that the real impact is for those who read the original series and know more of the references. The comic also packs in a lot leaving readers to ponder some of the more interesting aspects mentioned but not seen. It’s an entertaining issue but might be one more for fans of the original event.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Aaron Lopresti
Ink: Matt Ryan Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letters: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
SRP: $5.99

DC’s mega-event “Infinite Crisis” saw the destruction of the Trinity, the rise of Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, and the rebirth of the Multiverse…but it all started with Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who saw it all coming and died with secrets that could’ve saved the world. But…things happened differently in the Dark Multiverse! Not only does Blue Beetle survive- he thrives! And after killing Maxwell Lord himself, Ted sets off a chain of events that irreversibly alters the lives of the Justice League and his best friend, Booster Gold. In trying to prevent a crisis, Blue Beetle becomes the Crisis…and the Dark Multiverse will never be the same.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Review: Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Blackest Night was one of my first major events reading DC Comics. I was a diehard fan of Green Lantern and the idea of the Black rings and new Corps was something that got me excited to see what would happen. It was a big deal bringing back long-dead characters and delivering some major ones into various Lantern Corps. It was also about hope in many ways. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 takes that ionic story and delivers a much bleaker take.

Writer Tim Seeley delivers an interesting story that expands upon events and has Sinestro keeping the power of the White Lantern to himself. It’s his selfishness that causes the heroes to lose and Nekron’s undead army to spread. With just a few heroes left, things don’t look good.

Seeley does a solid job of delivering a story that isn’t just a twist on something we’ve seen but instead expands upon it. Where he takes it has ups and downs and an ending I didn’t see coming. He mixes hope and despair and leaves us an ending that feels very Planet of the Apes.

The art by Kyle Hotz is where I think the comic lacks. There’s something about the style that doesn’t click for me. Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, and Danny Miki provide ink. David Baron and Allen Passalqua provide color. Tom Napolitano handles the lettering. While some might like the visual style of the comic, it’s just not my cup of tea. At times what’s presented is too much and not clear. At its heart, this is a zombie tale and you need to mix scares with gore and this doesn’t deliver that because at times it’s hard to tell what’s going on. Add in familiar characters who look like boardwalk caricatures of themselves and the final result just doesn’t work.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 is the weakest of the line of comics released so far. It’s not bad in any way but it also has enough flaws and yawns the comic is a bit forgettable. There was a lot of potential here and while there’s some original concepts the final result is a bit of a letdown.

It does its best to not fall into the zombie tropes but the comic could have used more of it. There’s also some good in Sinestro’s failures. But add in Lobo, Dove, and Mister Miracle and you’ve got a comic that’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Kyle Hotz
Ink: Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, Danny Miki
Color: David Baron, Allen Passalqua Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Kyle Hotz, Dexter Vines (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $5.99

What could be blacker than the Blackest Night? From the pages of Dark Nights: Metal comes a Dark Multiverse retelling of the Green Lantern event that changed the DC Universe forever…only this time, the Black Lanterns win! Now, 23 days after the apocalypse, witness the rise of Sinestro as the Limbo Lantern! Trapped between life and death as a White and Black Lantern, Sinestro seeks to save the universe-or end his miserable life-once and for all! Joined by Dove, Lobo, and Mister Miracle, the last living beings in the universe will put everything on the line to give their world one final chance.

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1

(W) Jeff Loveness (A) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy (CA) Lee Weeks
In Shops: Oct 30, 2019
SRP: $5.99

The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time-the Death of Superman! In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief, becomes the Eradicator and takes revenge on those who let Superman die, and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she’s going to end the battle by any means necessary… and the Reign of the Supermen will be over before it begins!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 Gets a First Look

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Cover art by Lee Weeks
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
Final Orders Due: Oct 28, 2019
SRP: $5.99

DC’s mega-event Infinite Crisis saw the dissolution of the Trinity, the rise of Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime, and the rebirth of the Multiverse…but it started with Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle, who saw it all coming and died with secrets that could’ve saved the world. 

But…things happened differently in the Dark Multiverse! In the fourth Tales from the Dark Multiverse one-shot, not only does Blue Beetle survive—he thrives! And after killing Maxwell Lord himself, Ted sets off a chain of events that irreversibly alters the lives of the Justice League and his best friend, Booster Gold. In trying to prevent a crisis, Blue Beetle becomes the Crisis…and the Dark Multiverse will never be the same.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall

DC takes you to the Dark Multiverse for twisted takes on some of its most iconic moments. Up first? Knightfall!

Story: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Art: Javier Fernandez
Color: Alex Guimarães
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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