Darkest Knight Rises in Two Death Metal #1s by Tynion, Hill, and more

With October 2020 solicitations out from DC Comics, everyone is talking about Batman. Batman is celebrating two milestone issues with #100, which wraps The Joker War and any hope folks still held out for a John Ridley IV-penned caped crusader, and a #101 that begins a new direction for Bruce Wayne. The Joker War isn't the only event in which the Caped Crusader is embroiled, though. Scott Snyder has taken his grounded take on Batman and turned it cosmic with his Metal titles, which continue in October 2020 along with two new #1 issues, including one by James Tynion IV, who also pens the current Batman ongoing, and Batman and the Outsiders writer Bryan Edward Hill. The Dark Knights: Death Metal tie-in is called Rise of the New God #1 spotlights the Batman Who Laughs, who has become the Darkest Knight in this latest event. Then, in Dark Knights: Death Metal Robin King #1, Gotham-veterans Peter J. Tomasi and Tony Patrick are joined by Riley Rossomo to tell a tale of the Darkest Knight's righthand killer.

Dark Knights: Death Metal Rise of the New God #1 cover. Credit: DC Comics.
Dark Knights: Death Metal Rise of the New God #1 cover. Credit: DC Comics.

This dark, alternate universe Batman has been popular amongst fans of the caped crusader, and Death Metal: Rise of the New God #1 will explore this new iteration of the creepy antagonist. The solicitation reads:

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL RISE OF THE NEW GOD #1
written by JAMES TYNION IV and BRYAN HILL
art by JESUS MERINO and NIK VIRELLA
cover by IAN BERTRAM
1:25 card stock variant cover by BOSSLOGIC
ONE-SHOT | ON SALE 10/27/20
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC
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Batman. Always. Wins. This irrevocable truth resonates to the very heart of Perpetua's battle with the Batman Who Laughs…and when her ally reveals his absolute nature, she will upend this mantra and destroy the last planet. His planet. But that's not enough…and the mother of all creation must wonder, if power lies in destruction, why would she ever stop? But that's the thing about truth…when it turns to fact, there's no disputing its godlike reverence…and so enters the Darkest Knight. Featuring a backup story that spins out of the cliffhanger from Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse's End #1.

Dark Knights: Death Metal Robin King #1 cover. Credit: DC Comics.
Dark Knights: Death Metal Robin King #1 cover. Credit: DC Comics.

Then, jerk-dimension Robin's story is told in Robin King:

DARK KNIGHTS: DEATH METAL ROBIN KING #1
written by PETER J. TOMASI and TONY PATRICK
art by RILEY ROSSMO
backup story art by DANIEL SAMPERE
cover by RILEY ROSSMO
1:25 card stock variant cover by JEREMY ROBERTS
With a utility belt filled to the brim with weapons designed to kill every hero in the DCU, Robin King is the most sadistic soldier in the Darkest Knight evil army! Can anyone stop him from laying waste to Earth's last line of defense? And how did he become one of the Batman Who Laugh's groblins in the first place? And in the backup story, can the Robins liberate Gotham City from the Darkest Knight's control?

"Groblins," you know?

In addition to these two #1 issues, fans of Dark Knights: Death Metal can pick up the main event and these other tie-ins this October:

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL #4
written by SCOTT SNYDER
art and card stock foil cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Darkseid card stock variant cover by DAVID FINCH
Superboy-Prime card stock variant cover by ALEX GARNER
Green Lantern John Stewart card stock variant cover by STANLEY "ARTGERM" LAU
1:25 card stock variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:100 black-and-white card stock variant cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
ON SALE 10/13/20
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | 4 OF 7 | FC | DC
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Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman are trapped in nightmare worlds within the Dark Multiverse! They'll need to face down their fiercest foes once again if they hope to accomplish their mission and bring back a power capable of stopping the Darkest Knight. But what horrors has he unleased on Earth while they've been locked away?!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #54
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by XERMANICO
cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by HOWARD PORTER
Wonder Woman 1984 variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
ON SALE 10/6/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
"Doom Metal" part two of five storms the stage in this essential Dark Nights: Death Metal tie-in! It's the Titans reunion you've been clamoring for when Starfire and Cyborg join Nightwing in this twisted Justice League. The team is hell-bent for Brimstone Bay to free the Legion of Doom, but what horrors and desires will the Valley of Starros reveal to them—and who or what is the villain named Mindhunter?

JUSTICE LEAGUE #55
written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
art by ROBSON ROCHA and DANIEL HENRIQUES
cover by LIAM SHARP
variant cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
ON SALE 10/20/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
The motley crew of "Doom Metal" sets sail for the cliffs of insanity, captained by Nightwing—or so he thinks! The team fractures, and Detective Chimp reveals the horrible secret wish in his heart. And speaking of hearts, Hawkgirl will stop at nothing to find Martian Manhunter, even if she jeopardizes the League's mission and their souls. Part three of this five-issue tie-in to Dark Nights: Death Metal features the debut of a villain so huge he dwarfs all hope. Enter the Omega Knight.

Scott Snyder and co. keep DC Comics weird with the continuing Dark Knights: Death Metal saga this October.

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