DC Comics’ new Tales from the Dark Multiverse one-shots, putting a twisted spin on classic stories

In DC Comics’ hit event Metal— from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, of course– the idea of a “Dark Multiverse” that manifests all of our fears and darkest desires was an interesting twist on the established Multiverse concept of the DC Universe. We got to see some of it in play, particularly with the Dark Knights, which were twisted versions of Batman from different worlds.

This fall, we’ll see that idea explored further, as DC have announced a line of prestige-format (oooohhhhhhh) one-shots titled Tales from the Dark Multiverse. It will kick off with new stories based on Batman: Knightfall and The Death of Superman, two of the biggest event stories in the history of comics. What’s more, Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, and Javier Fernandez will team up for the former, while Jeff Loveness, Brad Walker, and Andrew Hennessy take on the latter.

Oh, and Lee Weeks is providing covers. Sold.

Check out the details below.

Per DC:

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.


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.


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).

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Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on October 16, followed by Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman on October 30.

This post was originally published on Comics Now.