The New Age of DC Heroes
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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Publication dateJanuary 2018 – September 2020

The New Age of DC Heroes (originally titled as Dark Matter) is a comic book line published by DC Comics from 2018 to 2020. The titles – Damage, The Silencer, Sideways, The Terrifics, The Curse of Brimstone, The Immortal Men, New Challengers, and The Unexpected – were set in the DC Universe following the events of Dark Nights: Metal.[1] The line was considered a commercial failure.[2]

Publication history

In 2016, the Dark Matter line was announced alongside The Sandman Universe, with both comic lines to be set in the DC Universe after Dark Nights: Metal, featuring new characters alongside re-imagined versions of old ones from DC Comics.[3] In 2017, Dark Matter was rebranded as "The New Age of DC Heroes".[4] As of July 2019, all of the constituent series had been cancelled except The Terrifics, which continued until 2020, with its last three issues published digital-only, during the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

List of titles


Ethan Avery is a soldier who submits to an experiment that turns him into a monster, Damage, leading him to question everything he believed about his cause.

The Silencer

Honor Guest is a retired assassin who is targeted by her former employers, Leviathan.


Main article: Sideways (comics)

Derek James gains the abilities to travel across dimensions.

The Terrifics

Mister Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl join forces to escape the Dark Multiverse.

The Curse of Brimstone

In order to protect his hometown, Joe Chamberlain makes a deal with the demon Brimstone, but Joe must track down and destroy Brimstone before the power he now wields destroys the town he was trying to save.

The Immortal Men

Led by the Immortal Man, they are a team of immortal heroes who protected the world from an ancient threat.

New Challengers

As the New Challengers, five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse.

The Unexpected

Main article: The Unexpected (2018 comic book)

Janet Fals, alias Firebrand, is a former paramedic who is forced to feed the Conflict Engine inside her heart by starting a fight every 24 hours.

See also


  1. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (April 20, 2017). "DC Reveals New Comics Spinning Out of Dark Nights: Metal". IGN. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Between the Panels: The New Age of DC Heroes is Failing - IGN".
  3. ^ "Full Details of DC's New Dark Matter Line". Comic Book Resources. April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "'New Age of DC Heroes' Titles Pushed Back To 2018". Newsarama. November 9, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Johnston, Rich (May 16, 2020). "DC Comics Cancels The Terrifics, Last 3 Issues Digital-Only". Retrieved 2020-08-01.