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As we near the end of the year, DC imagines the end of its world after the battle with the Batman Who Laughs in DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL THE LAST STORIES OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1. Another ending comes out of Marvel wrapping up its JJ Abrams and son SPIDER-MAN miniseries. But then we get two new starts with Image’s HOME SICK PILOTS and the beginning of LOCKE & KEY and SANDMAN’s crossover.

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DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL THE LAST STORIES OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1

DC COMICS

(W) Jeff Lemire, Mark Waid, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Christopher Sebela, Mariko Tamaki, Gail Simone, Cecil Castellucci (A) Francis Manapul, Christopher Mooneyham, Daniel Sampere, Meghan Hetrick, Mirka Andolfo, Travis G. Moore, Rafael Albuquerque

The last battle against the Batman Who Laughs is at hand…the final fight for everything in the universe. And while the night is usually darkest just before the dawn, what would be the last thing you’d do if you weren’t sure the dawn would ever arrive? Join our heroes in their waning hours as we show their journeys through what could be their final moments…heroes that have fought a million times before, but are keenly aware this could be their endgame. These are the stolen moments detailing the last stories of the DC Universe.

HOME SICK PILOTS #1 (MR)

IMAGE COMICS

(W) Dan Watters (A) Caspar Wijngaard

The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS (Lucifer, COFFIN BOUND) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (Star Wars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt), launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who’s been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that’s Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).

LOCKE & KEY SANDMAN HELL & GONE #0

IDW PUBLISHING

(W) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez

If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming!

The Sandman Universe crossover begins here, with this specially priced re-introduction of the storylines and characters who populate next month’s landmark event series.

First, in the Eisner-winning Locke & Key tale, “Open the Moon,” meet Chamberlin Locke, patriarch of the Locke family, whose Moon Key began to unlock the events of this event series.

Next, journey with the Lord of Dreams to Lucifer’s domain in the chapter of Sandman’s epic “Season of Mists” storyline that sees the Key to Hell change hands in a most momentous way.

And join IDW and DC Comics next month for Locke & Key: Hell & Gone #1 by L&K co-creators Hill and Rodriguez!

SPIDER-MAN #5 (OF 5)

MARVEL COMICS

(W) J. J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli

• Ben Parker and his dad are cornered and surely beaten.

• Their allies that they thought could help them weren’t enough.

• The son of Mary Jane and Spider-Man has an unwinnable fight on his hands… have his absentee dad and dead mother taught him enough to know what Spider-Man does in these situations?

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For all new comics this week, visit Previews World’s New Releases page at https://www.previewsworld.com/NewReleases and DC Comics at https://www.dccomics.com/comics.