DC Launches New Creator-Driven Black Label Line with Frank Miller, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Snyder, More; Six Launch Titles - The Creators & The Stories
DC Entertainment is launching a new imprint with high-profile creators doing original, out-of-continuity stories with its biggest characters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Led by former Batman group editor Mark Doyle, the DC Black Label imprint will is including previously-announced stories as well as some new projects as well.
“Many of our perennially best-selling, critically acclaimed books were produced when we unleashed our top talent on standalone, often out-of-continuity projects featuring our most iconic characters, a prime example being Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns,” said DC co-publisher Jim Lee.
“Creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom.”
Other planned titles with official descriptions of each book, include:
- SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE Writer: Frank Miller Artists: Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. A groundbreaking, definitive treatment of Superman’s classic origin story in honor of his 80th anniversary. This story details new revelations that reframe the Man of Steel’s most famous milestones—from Kal-El’s frantic exile from Krypton, to Clark Kent’s childhood in Kansas, to his inevitable rise to become the most powerful and inspiring superhero of all time.
- BATMAN: DAMNED Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Lee Bermejo On a deserted Gotham City bridge, a body is found. Whispers spread the news: Joker is dead. But is this a dream come true or a nightmare being born? Now Batman and DC’s outlaw magician John Constantine must hunt the truth through a Gotham City hellscape. The city’s supernatural recesses are laced with hints about a killer’s identity, but the Dark Knight’s descent into horror will test his sanity and the limits of rationality, as he must face a horror that doesn’t wear a mask.
- WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Phil Jimenez A Homeric epic of the lost history of the Amazons and Queen Hippolyta’s rise to power. Featuring monsters and myths, this three-book saga spans history from the creation of the Amazons to the moment Steve Trevor washes up on the shores of Paradise Island, changing our world forever.
- BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo (Previously announced with Sean Murphy illustrating) *Snyder’s explain on changed artists from Sean Murphy to Greg CapulloBatman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told
- WONDER WOMAN: DIANA’S DAUGHTER (working title) Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: To Be Announced It’s been 20 years since the world stopped looking to the skies for hope, help, and inspiration. Now the world keeps its eyes down, and the powers that have risen have every intention of keeping things that way. Amongst a scattered, broken resistance, a young woman seeks to reclaim what has been forgotten, and on the way will learn the truth about herself, her heritage, and her destiny.
- THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE Writer: John Ridley Artist: To Be Announced A compelling literary series analyzing iconic DC moments and charting sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya, among others. At its core, the story focuses on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues. It isn’t about saving the world, it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.
According to THR, the creators themselves are deciding on the format and schedule of each of their projects
“All of these creators are masters of their craft,“ said Doyle. ”I’m psyched to be working on a Wonder Woman story with Kelly Sue and Phil, helping to bring John’s vision of The Other History of the DC Universe to life and reuniting with some of the greatest Batman talents in the industry.”
While three were previously by DC outside of this new imrpint, in some cases the creative teams and the story has changed or been elaborated on somewhat.