DC’s Dark Multiverse: a place where heroes are twisted and tainted into evil versions of themselves. Where events go horribly wrong on a regular basis. Where everything’s awful all the time. (Yes, it’s different from the main DCU.) Introduced in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo‘s Dark Nights: Metal event series, the underbelly of the DC multiverse is being explored in a series of one-shots focused on different dark timelines, and the publisher has announced that November will see the release of two more Tales from the Dark Multiverse 48-page one-shots focused on past events.
First up, Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis presents an alternate version of the 2005 sequel to Crisis on Infinite Earths. Written by James Tynion IV, with art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan and a cover by Lee Weeks, the one-shot flips the infamous ending of the original Countdown to Infinite Crisis one-shot in which Maxwell Lord, revealed to be evil, murders Blue Beetle Ted Kord. In the new story, it’s Ted who kills Max, placing him at the center of a conspiracy and the impending Crisis. The issue’s cover features what looks like Ted wearing an amalgamation of OMAC armor and the Anti-Monitor armor that Superboy-Prime wears late in the original Infinite Crisis series. And apparently he kills everyone. Fun!
The other one-shot reimagines 2009’s Blackest Night, a Green Lantern-centric event in which dead heroes and villains are resurrected as members of the Black Lantern Corps. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night finds a universe where the dead defeated the living, and in which Sinestro has become trapped between being a White Lantern and a Black Lantern, and is now known as the Limbo Lantern. How low will Sinestro go to save the world? Writer Tim Seeley and artist Kyle Hotz tell the tale, which again features a cover by Weeks. You can check out Hotz’s design for the Limbo Lantern below:
Both of these one-shots will retail for $5.99, and their releases will be accompanied by $1 reprints of the first issues of their respective event series. Head over to DC’s website for more specifics on these, and look for both of them to land in stores in November.