"Dark Days" is DC Comics' major summer event, not the new album from Linkin Park

“Dark Days” is DC Comics’ major summer event, not the new album from Linkin Park

By Jarrod Jones. I thought we all agreed that “strength, power, redemption, destiny, hope, and legacy” were the key words we could use to define DC Comics’ Rebirth initiative. I thought we all agreed “dark” was too close to “dork” and it was too easy to confuse those two words. I thought we had moved on from this.

Grab your most-tattered hoodie and get ready to scream at the rain, because “Dark Days” is officially this summer’s major event for DC Comics’ Rebirth initiative.

DC Comics announced the event on Monday, which will begin with two one-shots written by Masters of All The Dark Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, with artwork from Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita, Jr. Those one-shots — Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting — will “reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe”, “break new ground in DC’s publishing line” and, if the title of the latter book is any indication, “take the heroes of the DCU fishing”.

Art like this demands an epic story,” Scott Snyder said as he painted a red door black. “‘Dark Days’ posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on ‘Batman’. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for ‘Dark Days’. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.

Then James Tynion entered the room, jet-black bangs artfully dangling in front of his eyes. “We’re taking all the ethos and excitement of the work Scott and I have been doing in the Batman titles and unleashing it across the entire DC Universe,” Tynion The IV added. “The size and scope of what we’re looking to do with DARK DAYS could only be accomplished by the best of the best. Andy, Jim and John are legends. All of us on this project are pushing one another, and every concept, to the extreme.”

This is where I would write “‘Dark Days’ indeed” or “‘Dark Days’ are coming to DC”, but I’m not going to play your little game, DC Comics, headline-friendly event title notwithstanding.

The A-list art team of Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr. “will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with ‘Dark Days’, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, further enriching the DC Universe,” according to the DC Comics press release. On the other hand, how late this event will ship was left open to speculation.

Now all this needs is some gritty, edgy illustration from DC co-publisher Jim Lee, and wouldn’t you know it? DC went ahead and happily obliged us:

Jim Lee provides the first official artwork for "Dark Days" from DC Comics

Image: DC Comics

What are we looking at here? Tattered Bat-banners flow amid a smoke-choked dystopic Gotham City, ludicrously designed sentinels flash Bat-signals onto a city in flames, and then there’s the Dark Knight himself (with as much piping on his outfit as you grimly remember and 20% more pouches), ready to toss a torch at a giant statue of himself — AND OH MY GOD THERE ARE NAKED PARTS OF PEOPLE TIED TO THAT THING.

Well. *clears throat* That’s certainly… something.

“Dark Days: The Forge” to make people go “eww” on June 14. An announcement from C2E2 2017 is forthcoming.