DC has been on a bit of a creative tear since the launch of its Rebirth initiative. With a shift of focus away from strict adherence to continuity to letting writers and artists tell the stories they want to tell, Rebirth has given us a number of exciting new books, including Scott Snyder’s epic event series Dark Nights: Metal. A few months ago, DC announced that there would be a slew of new books spinning out of or inspired by the spirit of Metal, embodying “a spirit of epic adventure and bravery,” collected under the banner “The New Age of DC Heroes”. Those books, created by the absolute top tier of DC’s writers and artists would include all new characters as well as revivals and recontextualizations of some classic DC heroes.
The New Age of DC Heroes launches in January with the title Damage, from artist Tony S. Daniel and writer Robert Venditti, and includes books from such all-star talent as Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Ivan Reis, and Dan Abnett. Today, DC has released a preview of Damage, as well as an overview of the entire line, which you can check out below.
I love that DC is crediting the artists ahead of the writers on these books, instead of the other way around as is usually done. It sends the message that these books are going to be real feasts for the eyes, and with artistic talents like these you know that’s gonna be the case. While a lot of those new characters sound interesting, the books I’m most excited for are the ones featuring legacy characters, New Challengers and The Terrifics. Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire is one hell of a creative team-up, and I can’t wait to see what they do with a book that is clearly set up to be a riff on the Fantastic Four. Similarly, Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert are a match made in heaven, and the Challengers of the Unknown are a great concept that’s ripe for a modern spin.
Are you excited for the launch of The New Age of DC Heroes? Which books are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments. Ron Greschner Authentic Jersey