First Look: ‘Batman: The Merciless #1’ and ‘Dark Nights: Metal #3’

The big summer blockbuster event known as Metal is underway! Over the last few days, we’ve got looks at the Green Lantern Batman and the Joker Batman. The Batman Who Laughs is likely the winner thus far, but did you expect any less from a Batman/Joker hybrid? There’s still more! In a first look given to Newsarama, we’ve got pages from the Wonder Woman Batman known as Batman: The Merciless. These pages are pencilled and inked, and some have colors, but there are no word bubbles and dialogue.

Take a look below:

It looks like we’re about to witness a crazy epic battle go down!

Here’s the solicitation for Batman: The Merciless #1:

BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Cover by JASON FABOK
As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!
ADVANCE SOLICITED • ONE-SHOT • On sale OCTOBER 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US
FOIL-STAMPED COVER • RATED T+
Even more than that, DC provided Newsarama with a small preview of Dark Nights: Metal #3, take a look:
There are guitars there. Guitars with Bat-symbols on them. Scott Snyder did say this would be very Rock n Roll, I just didn’t think he meant it literally.
Here’s the solictation info:
DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT, JIM LEE and JOHN ROMITA JR.
This issue will ship with four covers.
Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!
On sale OCTOBER 11 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 6 • $4.99 US • FOIL-STAMPED, EMBOSSED COVER • RATED T+
And lastly, here are some variant covers:
It’s going to be a fun October, folks.
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