DC is revisiting some hits from the past with a new twist in “Tales from the Dark Multiverse.” The series promises a “terrifying spin” on some of DC’s most famous stories. “Knightfall” and “The Death of Superman” will be the first two getting the Dark Multiverse treatment in 48-page prestige format one-shots.
The Dark Multiverse was established by Scott Snyder in the ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ event, as well as the subsequent ‘New Age of Heroes’ line of comics. The Dark Multiverse storyline has continued throughout “Justice League,” “The Batman Who Laughs,” and more, nearly two years after its introduction.
In “Knightfall,” we pick up the story 30 years after Jean-Paul Valley takes over the mantle of Batman from a broken Bruce Wayne. His new Saint-Batman has turned Gotham into his paradise until the Son of Bane arrives. On the Superman side, Lois Lane becomes the Eradicator–taking on the corrupt world Superman could never save.
“Knightfall” will be co-written by Snyder and Kyle Higgins, with art by Javier Fernandez, and a cover by Lee Weeks. “Death of Superman” comes courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness, with art by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy, and another cover from Weeks. Both one-shots will be available just in time for Halloween -“Knightfall” on October 16th followed by “Death of Superman” on October 30th – for $5.99. DC will also be re-printing the original stories, or at least one piece of the original stories, available for $1 on the same release date as the new one-shots.
Future titles in the series will include “Infinite Crisis,” “The Judas Contract,” and “Blackest Night.” Read the full press release below.
TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE INFECTS SOME OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS IN DC HISTORY THIS OCTOBER
BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL and THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN Debut This New Line of One-Shot Prestige Format Stories
Future Titles to Include Twisted Takes on INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT and THE JUDAS CONTRACT
One-Dollar Reprints of Original Comics Also Available Concurrent with New One-Shots
BURBANK, CA – (July 15, 2019) – DC announced today plans to put a twisted and terrifying spin on some of the biggest, most game-changing events in its publishing history with a series of prestige format one-shots called TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE. Beginning in October, DC’s most talented artists and writers will take fan-favorite events from the DC Universe down a dark and twisted path.
TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1
Co-written by Scott Snyder (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS) and Kyle Higgins (DEATHSTROKE, BATMAN ETERNAL, NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER), with art by Javier Fernandez (JUSTICE LEAGUE) and a cover by Lee Weeks (BATMAN), this one-shot takes place in a Gotham City 30 years after a broken Bruce Wayne failed to take back the mantle of the Bat. In his place arose Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Saint Batman. Under his iron rule, Saint Batman has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams – killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear—all in the name of justice.
But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham rises: The Son of Bane.
TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1
The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time, courtesy of writer Jeff Loveness (Rick and Morty, DC’S NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL, DC’S MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE), with art by Brad Walker (DETECTIVE COMICS) and Andrew Hennessy (SINESTRO, THE DEMON: HELL IS EARTH, TITANS), with a cover by Lee Weeks.
In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief over the Man of Steel’s death, becomes the Eradicator, taking 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 “never-ending” battle by any means necessary, halting the Reign of the Supermen before it even begins.
These are the first of several titles in this new line; additional one-shots will focus on other events such as INFINITE CRISIS, BLACKEST NIGHT, NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT, and more. Each of these prestige format one-shots is 48 pages long at a price of $5.99. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL #1 will be available at comics shops and participating digital retailers on Wednesday, October 16. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 arrives at comic book shops and digital retailers two weeks later, Wednesday, October 30. Timed to the release of each TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE title, fans can also purchase a one-dollar reprint of the original comic each story is based on, BATMAN #497 (October 16) and SUPERMAN #75 (October 30).