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Old 06-23-2018, 08:38 AM   #1
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DC Comic To Launch New Imprint Dedicated To Edgy, Standalone Stories


DC Comics has revealed more details on its DC Black Label imprint.

Black Label was originally announced in March of this year as a creator driven line; “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 said.

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Today, DC Comics announced that its launching a new imprint geared toward "edgy, provocative" takes on some of everyone's favorite superheroes called DC Black Label.

In the early 90s, DC launched some of the most popular, enduring stories not just in comics but in all of fiction under its Vertigo label including Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fables, A History Of Violence, and The Sandman. These titles were original properties geared towards courting an older audience, mimicking the content of R-rated films. It looks like DC now has plans to do another Veritgo label but this new one is focused on DC characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

DC Black Label will launch with Superman: Year One, penned by Frank Miller and illustrated by John Romita Jr in August, with a host of other stories to follow, per DC's announcement:
  • SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE from Frank Miller (THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE) and John Romita Jr. (ALL-STAR BATMAN, SUPERMAN) 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, the creative team behind DARK KNIGHTS: METAL 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, the creative team behind JOKER 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 (Bitch Planet) and Phil Jimenez (INFINITE CRISIS) 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 (WONDER WOMAN, BATWOMAN) 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 (12 Years a Slave, THE AMERICAN WAY) 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.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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Forgive my ignorance, but isn't this what Elseworlds is for?

Edit: Nevermind. Apparently they stopped printing under the Elseworlds label in 2003. I stopped reading comics a long time ago
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:17 AM   #3
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I stopped reading comics a long time ago
You haven't missed much of anything in the interim.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:20 AM   #4
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Didn't they hire zoe Quinn? Thought DC was going full SJW. Or does this just mean the stories that are not canon might be decent and not left wing propaganda ?
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I didn’t post the news here, I will in a few hours, but DC is also re-launching their 100-page Giant comics again starting in July. They are doing Batman, Superman, Justice League and Teen Titans. Each issue is mostly reprints, but also includes 1 part of a 12-part new story. The Batman artist is really good for the new story. These are Walmart exclusives only, comic book stores can’t get them so you know people will be scalping them on eBay for $50 an issue. I know I plan to hit my local Walmart and buy up a bunch of copies to sell down the road,

It is part of DC’s campaign to get their books back out of the comic book stores and into the mainstream book stores. Barnes & Nobel dropped comics a few years ago, but if this Walmart thing works out you can bet they will bring them back.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:28 PM   #6
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Oh thank fucking god they're doing a Superman origin story! Talk about EDGY! Some friends and I were talking the other day about how much we'd LOVE another origin story. At least it's from Frank Miller, but as that guy has gone off the reservation lately, what does that even mean? Did he walk into a meeting and paint 'Supe with a blue highlighter, point at it and go "Meego Beans Pew Pew, no go go Tanagra, exi the bixi plunk and ex wives can go EAT SHITTY CARDBOARD FOR LUNCH THANK YOU VERY MUCH I SAID GOOD DAY SIR!" or what?
Either way, don't care. DC can do no right at this point, which makes me sad, because they've always kinda been the underdogs, very much are now, and that makes me want to cheer them on.
But a fucking origin story? Really? Why waste whatever Miller has left in the tank on that? Oh, because it's the only fucking interesting thing about superman.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:57 PM   #7
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They reboot origins tories constantly because the average person only collects comics for about 2 years and then moves on to other hobbies. So they have to keep doing number 1 issues and origin stories again.
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:27 AM   #8
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Didn't they hire zoe Quinn? Thought DC was going full SJW. Or does this just mean the stories that are not canon might be decent and not left wing propaganda ?
I hadn't heard about it but... yeah. Apparently they did.

How bizarre. I'm trying to envision who this will drive to comic book stores.

I would honestly like to meet that person. Or at least see an interview with that person. I'm very curious about their perspective.
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I hadn't heard about it but... yeah. Apparently they did.

How bizarre. I'm trying to envision who this will drive to comic book stores.

I would honestly like to meet that person. Or at least see an interview with that person. I'm very curious about their perspective.
Wait... Isn't she working on that Chuck Tingle adventure game? Hm. Apparently not any more...
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Wait... Isn't she working on that Chuck Tingle adventure game? Hm. Apparently not any more...
Weird.

I have never heard of THIS either, since the games media loves to jump on failed kickstarters.
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