Creator / Dark Matter (2017)

Dark Matter is an imprint of DC Comics that will be spinning off from the Dark Nights: Metal event by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. It is intended to promote diversity, stronger writer-artist collaboration and dramatic reimaginings of characters. It will be overseen by Dan DiDio.

Titles announced so far are:

  • The Immortal Men — Five siblings who were born at the beginning of history recruit the elite to stop Armageddon. Written by James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Batwoman) with art by Jim Lee.
  • Damage — Riffing on the obscure member of the Teen Titans, Ethan Avery is cursed with the ability to unleash a monster for one hour at a time. Written by Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) with art by Tony S. Daniel.
  • The Silencer — This book follows an assassin who moves to the suburbs for a normal life. Written by Dan Abnett (Annihilation, Aquaman) with art by John Romita, Jr.
  • Sideways — A teenager comes into contact with dark matter and gains the ability to teleport through the dark dimension. Written by Dan Didio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort.
  • New Challengers — An adventure book in the vein of the classic DC series Challengers of the Unknown. Written by Scott Snyder (Swamp Thing, Batman) with art by Andy Kubert.
  • The Terrifics — Featuring DC's take on the Fantastic Four, starring Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and (a version of) Phantom Girl, with Tom Strong and family also set to show up. Written by Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Black Hammer) with art by Ivan Reis.
  • The Curse of Brimstone — A horror book featuring a man from a dying coal town who makes a Deal with the Devil allowing him to turn into Brimstone, something that proves to be worse than the things he fights. Written by Justin Jordan with art by Philip Tan.
  • The Unexpected — Taking its title from an old DC horror comic, this is a mystery book featuring Neon the Unknown, Firebrand, Ascendant and Legacy Character Viking Judge, a team of enemies who hate each other only slightly less than the world around them, who get a chance to right the wrongs of their past. Written by Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Justice League of America) with art by Ryan Sook.

Dark Matter includes examples of:

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: The Terrifics are intended to be this to the Fantastic Four (who aren't being published by Marvel for several reasons), featuring a group of characters who will come to regard each other as family. Even the name invokes the comparison.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Silencer's one real superpower is the ability to create a "Zone of Silence" which dampens sound completely in a small area. It's not flashy nor does it give her any added physical enhancements, but it allows her to kill her targets very quietly without alerting anyone else in the general vicinity. She can even project the zone onto the path of a bullet and have it spread to whatever it hits for silent long-range assassinations.
  • Butt-Monkey: Given who he's based off of, it should be no surprise that Sideways is this among the Dark Matter set. He's even forced to fight a Speed Force superviilain in his third issue sans trousers.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Damage has been MIA since the New 52, since the Teen Titans received a hard reboot (at first).
    • Metamorpho has been missing since Flashpoint (aside from a few cameos and a story in anthology series Legends of Tomorrow), having essentially been replaced by Element Woman.
    • Phantom Girl had bailed on the Legion of Super-Heroes near the end of their last series in 2013, and the Legion itself has been MIA for quite some time. Jeff Lemire has said this isn't the Legion's Phantom Girl, but which Legion and what version of Phantom Girl is being referred to is unknown.
    • The Strongs last showed up in a 2013 Vertigo miniseries.
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover Damage's first issue has him being thrown out of an airplane to provoke his transformation. In the book itself, he transforms inside of the airplane to escape his captors.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Several characters under the imprint derive their abilities from the Dark Multiverse and struggle to use them for good.
  • Darker and Edgier: Many of the characters sport costumes that wouldn't seem out of place from the 90s, or the early New 52.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Inverted with Phantom Girl. Her most recent costume had a shutter-style Cleavage Window that showed off some underboob as well as general cleavage. Her Dark Matter outfit basically fills the holes in with black.
  • In-Name-Only: Damage really doesn't have anything to do with the previous version of the character. His real name has changed from Grant Emerson, and his old power was to essentially cause explosions, while this version is more akin to an Hourman/Hulk combination.
  • It Can Think: Damage's Establishing Character Moment involves his persona manipulating Ethan into handing him control of their body by exploiting his resentments over how the experiments turned him into a monster and his desire to be free; a far cry from the mindless, loyal brute originally envisioned by his creators.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Damage's triumphant escape from a military aircraft is immediately juxtaposed with how he killed almost all the other servicemen on board who were just doing their duty; one of them even spent his last moments piloting the plane somewhere it could crash without killing any civilians. In fact, his creation was meant to reduce friendly casualties all together by defusing high-risk, heavy-opposition scenarios singlehandedly.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Damage's original promotional design is noticeably sleeker and less ghoulish than his final (and albino) depiction in the comics themselves.

Alternative Title(s): Dark Matter