DC Comics lineup of imprints that stand outside of their main superhero line is continuing to grow as of late. Their latest will bring together many big name creators and some of the biggest characters DC has to offer.
DC Black Label will pair these creators with characters such as Wonder Woman or Batman or Superman for out-of-continuity tales, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Former Batman editor Mark Doyle will lead the new imprint which will feature work from Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Scott Snyder and more along with the first big DC Comics work by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.
“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,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee explains in a statement about the new imprint. “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.”
Unlike the standard comics fare that the company publishes the new label will handle things a bit differently. Each of the titles format and schedule will be dictated by the creative team allowing them a lot more creative control while playing in a sandbox that doesn’t have to match up with other title’s continuity.
“We are carefully crafting each series to fit the vision of the creative team,” Doyle said. “All of these creators are masters of their craft. 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.”
Launching in August, the imprint will begin with the Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. three-part Superman: Year One project. It will continue on with other titles including Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez on Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, Batman: Last Knight on Earth from the former Batman team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Greg Rucka returning to Wonder Woman with an unannounced artist for a story tentatively named Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter.
Check out DC’s synopses for the titles below:
SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE from 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: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Batman 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.
BATMAN: DAMNED from Brian Azzarello and 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 from Kelly Sue DeConnick and 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.
WONDER WOMAN: DIANA’S DAUGHTER (working title) from Greg Rucka
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 from John Ridley
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.