There’s one word that Scott Snyder has repeatedly used to describe the upcoming Metal storyline: “bonkers.”  I am so down with that, especially when you throw in terms like “melt-your-face” and “hard-rock space adventure.”  Sometimes we need a little insane craziness, so here’s hoping this whole Dark Days and Nights venture delivers.

The event doesn’t kick off until The Forge releases on June 14th, but DC have released a sneak peek at some of the interiors from John Romita, Jr., Jim Lee, and Andy Kubert.  There’s a look at a newly-bearded Aquaman, which is rad, and a new design for the Joker I’m digging quite a bit.  Check out the gallery after the press release, and if you have any idea what those numbers Joker is scribbling indicate or represent let me know.

We’ve asked the question and now its time for you to answer: ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?!

DC is bringing you that sweet, sweet sound as METAL kicks off with two ground-shaking preludes—starting with DARK DAYS: THE FORGE in June and continuing with DARK DAYS: THE CASTING in July. The New York Times best-selling writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. to bring these stories to life— laying the foundation for whats to come and showing you the first look into METAL and DARK MATTER this year.

DARK DAYS: THE FORGE begins with a discovery, and a secret. Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the Multiverse! What has he discovered? And how does this connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

Spearheaded by Snyder, METAL and it’s preludes will expand the DCU as we know it— revealing that the world of our favorite DC characters still has many areas left uncharted. Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League think they’ve been to every corner of the Multiverse—but a looming threat is coming from a place they never knew existed. Welcome to a crazy, melt-your-face, hard-rock space adventure like you’ve never seen before.

Welcome to the Dark Multiverse.