Megadeth to kick off DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal Band Edition comic book collaboration

Megadeth to kick off DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal Band Edition comic book collaboration

- By Ramon Gonzales

The series of special edition variant covers will feature a rotation of guests illustrators and artists including Ghost, Lacuna Coil, Opeth, Sepultura, Dream Theater, and Ozzy Osbourne

DC has unveiled big plans for the latest iteration of their limited series, 'Dark Nights' crossover comic series with the introduction of the special collaborative edition, Dark Nights: Death Metal – Band Edition.

The third installment in the 'Metal' offshoot of the Batman universe comic book, the series began in 2017, spearheaded by Scott Snyder and illustrator Greg Capullo. The initial Dark Nights: Metal edition struck a chord with fans of the iconic hero's universe with the introduction of widely-popular, villainous version of the caped crusader in, The Batman Who Laughs.

The second offering in Dark Nights: Death Metal debuted in June of 2020 and culminated with the 7th issue hitting stands on January 5th of 2021. The action-packed sequel further explored the battle between Batman and The Batman Who Laughs, The Justice League and Perpetua, and the continued power struggle between the Light and Dark Multiverses.

Both the 'Metal' and the 'Death Metal' collections have featured a musical element that accompanied the comic books that further underscored the nexus between the subcultures. The series introduction, 'Metal' featured a six-track EP that was released exclusively on 12" vinyl. Among the musicians that contributed to the soundtrack included Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Chino Moreno (Deftones), Jason Aaron Butler (Fever 333), Maria Brink & Chris Howorth (In This Moment) and Jerry Cantrell.

'Death Metal' delivered a pair of singles produced especially for the series with Marilyn Manson and punk powerhouse Rise Against providing original tracks for the comic compilation.

The latest offering in the collection, Dark Nights: Death Metal – Band Edition, bolsters the comics' musical aesthetic by incorporating some of heavy music's biggest contributors into the actual pages of the series.

Beginning in March, DC will release a run of seven issues with special edition cover variants kicking off with thrash forefathers Megadeth, illustrated by guest artist, Juanjo Guarnido. Each issue will include an introduction from the featured band as well as an exclusive interview.

Subsequent issues in the series will include Ghost illustrated by Werther Dell’ Edera, Lacuna Coil drawn by Timpano & Antonio Fuso, Opeth drawn by Mathieu Lauffray, Sepultura illustrated by Albuquerque & Pedro Mauro, Dream Theater drawn by Santi Casas, and finally Ozzy Osbourne imagined by Marco Mastrazzo.

The Dark Knights: Death Metal seven-issue series event will launch in 13 countries internationally in March and rollout throughout 2021.

The seven single issues with the Band edition variant covers will be published and released each month in eight countries - France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Turkey.

For the Collectors' Omnibus Edition featuring additional bonus content, these eight countries will be joined by Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Korea and Japan.

DC’s international publishing partners from each participating country will announce their respective release dates with press releases soon, so check out their social media for the latest information.

For more information about Dark Nights: Death Metal, visit, and follow on social media @DCComics and @thedcnation.

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