DC is launching a new Metal Men 12-issue maxi-series this October.

The creative team will see DC big boss (co-publisher, technically) Dan DiDio writing, with art by Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), and colors by Michelle Delecki. In a pre-San Diego Comic-Con announcement Monday, the publisher billed the new book as “drawn from events” of Dark Knights: Metal.

This story (as teased) will involve the titular Metal Men getting caught between progenitor Doctor Will Magnus and a new character called Nth Metal Man, who one can pretty safely presume is made up of Nth Metal, a material central to the plot of Dark Knights: Metal. The exact release date for the first issue will be Oct. 16, with a cover by Davis and a variant cover by Phillip Tan.

The full PR from DC can be found below. Also, heads up: The Beat will be on-site at most (if not all) of DC’s panels this week in San Diego, likely with more details about this book, other recently-announced series, and any new projects yet to be unveiled…

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The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as DC takes a deep look into Doctor Will Magnus’ robotics lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient in a modern world. Beginning this October, DC Publisher Dan DiDio (WEDNESDAY COMICS) and artists Shane Davis (BATMAN, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Michelle Delecki transform DC’s Metal Men in a new twelve-issue maxi-series drawn from events first seen in bestselling hardcover DARK KNIGHTS: METAL.

“I’m a longtime fan of the Metal Men and had a chance to write them briefly in the anthology, Wednesday Comics,several years ago,” shares DiDio. “With this new series, we explore the essence of what makes the Metal Men human, by having them caught between Doc Magnus, the man who created them, and, the newly introduced, The Nth Metal Man, the being that gave them life. What I’m enjoying most about this book is the chance to stay true to all existing stories, while building out their mythology in exciting new directions.”
With nods to early DC Showcase stories, where the Metal Men first appeared, and DC’s long history of science fiction storytelling, the Metal Men discover a warehouse of old robots, older versions of themselves, that are junked and apparently left in disrepair by their creator rather than being rebuilt after their heroic battles. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challenger Mountain…the same Challenger Mountain that came through from the Dark Multiverse and landed in Gotham at the end of DARK KNIGHTS: METAL and was the focal point of the DC New Age of Heroes miniseries NEW CHALLENGERS.
“I introduced Superman to a new generation in Superman: Earth One and heard from fans that they truly cared about our perspectives on Clark Kent and Superman,” adds Davis. “Dan and I have a goal on this new Metal Men series to give everyone a quality, entertaining story riffing off modern sci-fi narratives in a way that can only be done at DC. Hopefully fans will like our take on artificial life and find the unexpected humanity in these robots.”
METAL MEN #1, written by Dan DiDio with art by Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki and edited by Jessica Chen, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 16 with a cover by Davis and a variant cover by Philip Tan. For more news and updates on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit www.dccomics.com, the DC YouTube channel or follow @DCComics on social media.