DC Comics today announced its blockbuster crossover for this summer — and it has a decidedly dark bent. Scott Snyder is spearheading an event that he says will shed light on mysteries he’s been seeding throughout the DC Universe since he began working on Batman, many years ago.
Along with Snyder, fellow writer James Tynion IV and artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr. are bringing us two one-shot books, Dark Days: The Forge #1, which hits shelves June 14, and Dark Days: The Casting #1, which arrives July 12. The books kick off events that will have line-wide repercussions and, according to Snyder, will shed light on DC’s rich history, tumultuous present, and even the future.
“This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC,” said Snyder. “I couldn’t be more excited for Dark Days. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.”
Lee, who is also DC Comics’ Co-Publisher, shared that the ideas for the event were also spawned from a particularly productive meeting of the minds, which included the art side. He said:
“Working with Scott and James on Dark Days is the culmination of the big ideas and endless brainstorming that came out of a recent creative summit. It was tremendous fun having peers like Andy Kubert and JRJR in with some of our top writers. Strategically, Dan [DiDio] and I have talked for a long time about bringing the artist back to the table in the genesis of big, epic events. The creative summit was just that, and the level of collaboration was truly invigorating and electrifying.”
See Lee’s the cover to Dark Days: The Forge #1, below. What hints can be gleaned from this? Bat-iconography portrayed as part of an oppressive regime, perhaps? Keep your eyes peeled!
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