DC Comics Reveals Full Kids and YA Slate for 2020-2021

By | June 22nd, 2019
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DC Comics announced today at the American Library Association conference their full lineup of upcoming young adult and middle grade titles, consisting of 40 different graphic novels in the works to be published in 2020 and 2021. The announcement of these books comes on the heels of yesterday’s reveal that the company would be “sunsetting” the historic Vertigo imprint, and combining DC Ink and Zoom, the previous imprints publishing YA and middle grade content. Now all of DC’s titles will fall under DC Kids, DC, or DC Black Label, depending on the age rating of the title. DC also made sure to stress that these books “are not part of DC’s ongoing comic book continuity and completely accessible to new fans.”

Some of the revealed publication list includes previously announced books like “Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel,” “Green Lantern: Legacy,” and “Superman Smashes the Klan” from Gene Luen Yang and Girihiru. Many of the books, however, were revealed here for the first time, including a middle grade John Constantine book from “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” team of Ryan North and Derek Charm, and “Nubia” from L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith. Artist Julie Maroh (“Blue is the Warmest Color”) is also attached to a book called “You Brought Me to the Ocean” with writer Alex Sanchez, who was announced as writing a Jackson Hyde Aqualad book.

'Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime' by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen

DC’s 2020-2021 middle grade Kids titles, with some release dates are:

– “Diana: Princess of the Amazons” – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying (January 2020)
– “Green Lantern: Legacy” – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)
– “Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime” – Written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen (February 2020)
– “Zatanna & the House of Secrets” – Written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani (February 2020)
– “Batman: Overdrive” – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
– “DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless” – Written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (March 2020)
– “Anti/Hero” – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
– “ArkhaManiacs” – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
– “My Video Game Ate My Homework” – Written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen (May 2020)
– “Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld” – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
– “Batman and Robin…and Howard” – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
– “DC Super Hero Girls” – Written by Amy Wolfram
– “Dear Super-Villains” – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
– “Green Arrow: Stranded” – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
– “Indestructibles Book 1” —Written by Ridley Pearson
– “Lois Lane” – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
– “Metropolis Grove” – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
– “Primer” – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
– “Superman Smashes the Klan” – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
– “Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis” – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
– “Teen Titans Go! to Camp” – Written by Sholly Fisch
– “Teen Titans Go! Roll with It” – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey
– “The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel” – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

'Zatanna & the House of Secrets' by Matthew Cody and Yoshi Yoshitani

Likewise, DC’s full 2020-2021 slate of young adult titles, some with spring 2020 release dates, 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)
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– “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

DC will continue to publish books with the DC sink and DC Zoom branding until the end of this calendar year before rebranding. You can find more information about all these books at DC’s website, and be sure to check out the rest of the revealed Kids covers below!

'Batman: Overdrive' by Shea Fontana and Marcelo DiChiara
'DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless' by Amy Wolfram and by Agnes Garbowska
'ArkhaManiacs' by Art Baltazar and Franco
'My Video Game Ate My Homework' by Dustin Hansen

Kevin Gregory