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ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.

These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • 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)

Middle Grade Titles

  • Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)                       
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • 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)
ArkhaManiacs
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • 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
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • 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

Get a First Look at DC Zoom and DC Ink’s Titles Debuting Fall 2019

DC announced today new details surrounding its young reader imprints—DC Zoom and DC Ink—and revealed first looks at titles scheduled for release in fall 2019. DC Zoom is focused on readers ages 8-12 while DC Ink is focused on readers 13+.

DC has confirmed on-sale dates for the highly anticipated releases as well as early looks at the graphic novels. All are available for pre-order now.

DC Zoom (ages 8-12):

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (June 4, 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (August 6, 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (September 3, 2019)—written by Art Baltazar and Franco and Illustrated by Art Baltazar

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID (October 1, 2019)—written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH (October 15, 2019)—written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (November 5, 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION (November 5, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS (January 7, 2020)—written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (January 21, 2020)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY

DC Ink (ages 13+):

MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2, 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne

MERA: TIDEBREAKER

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 7, 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (September 3, 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (October 1, 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

Preview: Robotech #12

ROBOTECH #12

Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Marco Turini, Marco Lesko
Cover A: Marco Turini
Cover B: Action Figure Variant – Blair Shedd
Cover C: Andie Tong
Publisher: Titan Comics

Ten years ago, a mysterious ship crashed on Macross Island.

In the intervening years, the people of Earth have used the ‘Robotechnology’ from the ship to significantly advance their own technology. After an attack by alien race of giants, the Zentraedi, Earth’s Super-Dimension Fortress was forced to space-fold away – taking a chunk of Macross City with them. The SDF-1 is now in the midst of a long journey back to Earth.

On the SDF-1, Claudia has evidence linking Roy to Gloval’s death…

Meanwhile, the Vermillion Squad – Rick (now blind), Max and Ben – plus Lisa and Kramer have been taken prisoner aboard the Zentraedi flagship and interrogated by the aliens. In his Veritech, Max survived being brutally beaten by the Zentraedi Miriya and made his way back to free his friends…

SDCC 2018: DC Entertainment Announces More DC Ink and DC Zoom Graphic Novels

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, DC Enterainment announced the next wave of titles, authors and artists for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

Marieke Nijkamp, the #1 New York Times best-selling YA author of This Is Where It Ends, will bring her storytelling to DC’s young adult line of graphic novels—DC Ink—with an original tale about a teenage Oracle, the superhero alter-ego that Barbara Gordon assumes after an encounter with The Joker confines her to a wheelchair. Oracle: Rising will be joined by another tale about a teenage Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, in Shadow of the Batgirl, written by acclaimed author Sarah Kuhn, known for her popular Heroine Complex novels.

Additional DC Ink titles announced today include: Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story, the working title of an Aqualad story written by award-winning author Alex Sanchez; Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival, written by critically acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci; and Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, which will be adapted from its prose form into a graphic novel by writer Louise Simonson.

DC Zoom, DC’s middle grade graphic novel line, will introduce its first story starring Wonder Woman in Diana, Princess of the Amazons, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Past collaborations from the husband-and-wife duo include the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel’s Revenge graphic novel and Marvel’s bestselling The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novel series. Shannon Hale is also the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Princess Academy series and the New York Times best-selling Real Friends.

New artists and on-sale dates for previously announced titles were also revealed. Gurihiru Studios will provide illustrations for Gene Luen Yang’s Superman Smashes the Klan, Andie Tong will draw Minh Lê’s Green Lantern: Legacy graphic novel, Gustavo Duarte will join author Michael Northrop on Dear Justice League and Thomas Pitilli has been tapped to illustrate Melissa de la Cruz’s Gotham High graphic novel. DC also announced Chris Wildgoose as the artist for Stuart Moore’s adaptation of Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker and revealed the graphic novel’s official cover.

Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles Mera: Tidebreaker (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and Super Sons: the Polarshield Project (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

The complete list of DC Ink and DC Zoom titles and creative teams announced to date include:

  • DC Ink:
    • MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne
    • UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (June 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh
    • TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (August 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
    • DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL—written by Michael Moreci
    • GOTHAM HIGH—written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli
    • ORACLE RISING—written by Marieke Nijkamp
    • SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL—written by Sarah Kuhn
    • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY—written by Alex Sanchez (working title)
    • WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED—written by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER—adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s prose novel for the DC Icon series
  • DC Zoom:
    • SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
    • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (May 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska
    • SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (June 2019)—written and illustrated by Art Baltazar & Franco
    • DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (July 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • BATMAN: OVERDRIVE (August 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara
    • BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (October 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee
    • BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (November 2019)—written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
    • GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (December 2019)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong
    • DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS—written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN—written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios

Preview: Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #4

FIGHTING AMERICAN: THE TIES THAT BIND #4

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Andie Tong
Cover A: Andie Tong
Cover B: Jack Kirby. Colors by David Leach.
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: June 6, 2018

FINAL ISSUE!

The critically-acclaimed series returns with a brand-new story featuring Fighting American and Speedboy!

Preview: Fighting American #3 (of 4)

FIGHTING AMERICAN #3 (of 4)

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Andie Tong
Color: Tracy Bailey
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover A: Andie Tong
Cover B: Jack Kirby
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, On sale: May 2, 2018

The critically-acclaimed series returns with a brand-new story featuring Fighting American and Speedboy!

Preview: Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #2

FIGHTING AMERICAN: THE TIES THAT BIND #2

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Andie Tong
Colorist: Tracy Bailey
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Editor: David Leach
Cover A: Andie Tong
Cover B: Jack Kirby
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 4, 2018

The critically-acclaimed series returns with a brand-new story featuring Fighting American and Speedboy!

Preview: Fighting America: The Ties That Bind #1

FIGHTING AMERICAN: THE TIES THAT BIND #1

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Andie Tong
Color: Tracy Baily
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Editor: David Leach
Cover A: Jerry Ordway
Cover B: Jack Kirby
Cover C: Andie Tong
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On sale: March 7, 2018

In 1954, NELSON FLAGG took part in an experimental US Military procedure that saw his mind transferred into the enhanced and revitalized body of his dead brother, JOHNNY FLAGG, to become America’s first and only superhero, FIGHTING AMERICAN!

63 years later, FIGHTING AMERICAN and his sidekick, SPEEDBOY, have found themselves marooned in the 21st Century.

With MADAME CHAOS now safely behind bars, FA and SB have begun the mammoth task of tracking down all of the stolen PROFESSOR DYLE TWISTER tech that she sold on the Dark Web to every whack-job, fanatic, terrorist and weirdo she could find.

Meanwhile, one of FA’s old 1950s villains (sent through time by CHAOS LAD), the notorious DOUBLE HEADER, is now the head of the FBI and starting to make life difficult for our two-fisted man of action.

The Fighting American Returns With a Jerry Ordway Cover!

Titan Comics has announced a brand-new creative team, and a fresh new adventure for Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #1, coming in March 2018.

Fighting American first appeared in 1954, created by the minds behind Captain America Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. In their original Fighting American series, Simon and Kirby introduced readers to Nelson Flagg who took part in an experimental US Military procedure that saw his mind transferred into the enhanced and revitalized body of his dead brother, Johnny Flagg, to become America’s first and only super hero, Fighting American.

Titan Comics’ direct continuation of the original series takes place 63 years later, with Fighting American and his sidekick Speedboy marooned in the 21st Century. Fighting American: The Ties That Bind will see the original Fighting American faced with new and classic enemies, and some old Flagg family secrets are revealed that could break our heroes’ All-American spirit!

Written by returning series writer Gordon Rennie with art by new series illustrator Andie TongFighting American: The Ties That Bind will debut with a stunning cover by the iconic Superman comic book artist, Jerry Ordway! The comic also features covers with art by Jack Kirby, and Andie Tong.

Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #1 will go on sale in comic book stores on March 2018. This exciting new series will be available to order from the January 2018 Edition of Diamond PREVIEWS Catalogue.

Preview: Fighting American #3

FIGHTING AMERICAN #3

Writer: Gordon Rennie
Artist: Duke Mighten
Cover A: Andie Tong
Cover B: Art Balthazar
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 13, 2017

Direct continuation of Simon and Kirby’s classic series!

Fighting American returns! Written by Gordon Rennie with artwork by Duke Mighten! When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face? With modern-day villains to contend with, enemies from their past pursuing them, and a whole new world to come to terms with, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speed-Boy find themselves in now?

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