An all star cast was on hand at San Diego Comic Con as Dark Nights: Metal creators Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo were joined by contributors to the upcoming Dark Matter–Jim Lee, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IV and Robert Venditti. It was explained that characters from each of the Dark Matter books will show up in Metal, which should make for some interesting interactions.

Dan DiDo, the panel moderator, also managed to pull off a surprise: Jeff Lemire, who will mark his return to DC with Dark Matter joined the stage.

Read the press release below:

The team behind 2017’s hottest event, DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, were joined by DARK MATTER contributors Jim Lee, Phillip Tan, James Tynion IV and Robert Venditti in this revealing hour of comics!

“What excites me most about our blockbuster event METAL is that it takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative teams working at DC right now,” said panel moderator and DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “DARK DAYS leads to DARK NIGHTS, and DARK NIGHTS leads to DARK MATTER. Everyone on stage here today, as well as the teams back at home working on their books, is bringing the power and energy expected from superhero storytelling to the pages of these new titles.”

Characters and stories from each of the DARK MATTER books will be plotted throughout METAL, which Snyder described as “if Frazetta and Jack Kirby had a baby to a heavy metal soundtrack, METAL is that event. Battle armor, dinosaurs, robots. It’s really meant to be a celebration of comics and is a thank you to you the fans, honestly. We’re going all out.”

During the panel DiDio revealed that, in addition to the titles announced earlier this year at C2E2, DC would be publishing additional titles under the upcoming DARK MATTER banner. New artwork for BRIMSTONE and THE TERRIFICS was shown, in addition to key artwork for THE SILENCER, SIDEWAYS, IMMORTAL MEN, DAMAGE, and NEW CHALLENGERS.

While artwork for THE TERRIFICS was on screen, DiDio pulled a surprise guest, writer Jeff Lemire, on stage to join the panelists. Lemire will make his return to DC with the title in 2018.