DC Comics have officially announced their latest line of books, the DC Black Label, which will be dedicated to standalone, out-of-continuity comics by some well-known creators. There are six titles scheduled to launch from August, some of which have been previously announced, while some are entirely new:
– “Batman: Last Knight on Earth:” Originally just called “Batman: Last Knight,” this was announced at New York Comic Con as a collaboration between Scott Snyder and “White Knight” creator Sean Murphy, but will now be penciled by Snyder’s “Batman” and “Dark Nights: Metal” collaborator, Greg Capullo. Described as “the last Batman story ever told,” this will find the Dark Knight waking up in a post-apocalyptic Gotham 25 years from now.
– “Batman: Damned:” Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, the writer and artist behind “Luthor” and “Joker,” will reteam for this Batman and Contantine team-up. The story will see the World’s Greatest Detective working with John Constantine after it emerges the Joker may have been murdered, but solving this mystery might testing the limits of Batman’s rationality.
– “Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons:” Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn by “Wonder Woman” veteran Phil Jimenez, this three-part epic will depict the history of the Amazons, from their creation up until Steve Trevor’s crash-landing on Themyscira. This will be the first major DC work by DeConnick, who previously wrote “Supergirl” #65-67 (2011), and “Adventures of Superman” #17 (2014).
– “Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter (working title):” Greg Rucka, another long-time “Wonder Woman” contributor, will return to write this book. It takes place 20 years into the future, after Wonder Woman was last seen, and things have turned dystopian. But “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.” No artist is attached yet.
– “The Other History of the DC Universe:” Announced before February’s DC in DC conference, this series from writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, “The American Way”) will follow the DCU’s history from the perspective of characters from disenfranchised groups like John Stewart, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Renee Montoya. The project’s artist remains unannounced.
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for comments from publisher Jim Lee, and Mark Doyle, the executive editor for the imprint, as well as more artwork.