DC Comics revealed at a retailer event a fourth imprint for the company in DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults. This new imprint will comprise all of the previous young adult graphic novels that were categorized under the DC Ink imprint. The previously announced DC Kids imprint will be renamed DC Graphic Novels for Kids as well.
This reveal comes weeks after DC’s retiring of the Vertigo Comics label, and the announcement that going forward all its books would fall under three banners: DC Kids, DC, and DC Black Label. These labels were meant to reflect the new age-rating system for the company, with the (now renamed) DC Graphic Novels for Kids focusing on readers ages 8-12, DC for readers age 13 and older, and DC Black Label for readers age 17 and older.
DC Ink books released or forthcoming this year include: “Mera: Tidebreaker,” written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; “Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale,” written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart; the recently released “Teen Titans: Raven” written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo; “Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (September 2019) written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh; and “Batman: Nightwalker” (October 2019), adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series, and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose.
Other previously announced DC young adult graphic novels for 2020-2021 are:
– “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Kit Seaton (January 2020)
– “Gotham High” – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
– “The Oracle Code” – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)
– “Shadow of the Batgirl” – Written by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux (April 2020)
– “Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel” – Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge (May 2020)
– “Catwoman: Soulstealer” – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
– “Galaxy: The Prettiest Star” – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
– “House of El Book 1” – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
– “I Am Not Starfire” —Written by Mariko Tamaki
– “Mister Miracle” – Written by Varian Johnson
– “Nubia” – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
– “Swamp Thing” – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem
– “Teen Titans: Beast Boy” – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
– “Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story” – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
– “Whistle” – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
– “Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed” – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
– “You Brought Me the Ocean” – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
– “Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend” – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
In addition, DC also clarified that their pop-up imprints like Wonder Comics, Young Animal, and Sandman Universe, would be referred to as just “pop-ups” from here on out.