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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

Big Alien Moon Crush: A wordless tale of love, romance and outer space war

A tale of love without words, Big Alien Moon Crush is a Romeo and Julietspace opera for all-ages. This standalone story is the perfect entry point to the aliens of the Aw Yeah Comics Universe. Written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling, Eisner award-winning, famous cartoonist Art Baltazar, this is the perfect story for fans of Tiny TitansEncounter and Itty Bitty Hellboy.

Big Alien Moon Crush is the latest addition to Action Lab’s Discover imprint, perfect for readers getting into comics. In this graphic novel, alien planets are at war, but a forbidden love between two natural born enemies may just save the universe! Yes, the love between Nix and Vera could save their planets and end the war, but their dads may just put a stop to it!

Big Alien Moon Crush will be out this June 2019.

Big Alien Moon Crush

Preview: Little Archie’s Lucky Day Picture Book

LITTLE ARCHIE’S LUCKY DAY PICTURE BOOK (HC)

Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art: Art Baltazar
Cover: Art Baltazar
978-1-68255-849-2
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
9 x 7”
HC
32 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/17

Archie Comics is proud to present our first picture book for little readers! This title follows the footsteps of great children’s books like Corduroy and Where the Wild Things Are as being a modern classic for little ones to enjoy. Get ready for a BIG day! Little Archie’s morning is off to an unlucky start until he makes a mysterious new pal—a small red cat! But this is no regular feline—find out what this little furry friend has in store for our tiny redheaded hero!

LITTLE ARCHIE'S LUCKY DAY PICTURE BOOK (HC)

Preview: Powers in Action #2

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

What is the Mystic Amulet? What power does it possess? Only ONE worthy and pure of heart can wield this power. But as always, there is a dark to the light. A Yin to the Yang. A positive to the negative. Meet DARKSTORM! The evilest of evils. His mission is to destroy the worthy one before the other half of the Amulet is found! The Evil Darkstorm’s search begins with… THE HERO SQUADRON! Looks like our heroes may have a Super Villain problem on their hands.

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Save the Day in Art Baltazar’s New Original Graphic Novel Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles

BOOM! Studios has announced Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles, the first original graphic novel release in a three volume series by Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist, Art Baltazar, about the thrilling sketchbook adventures of superhero Drew, his trusty sidekick Jot, and their sworn nemesis Doctor Danger, which will debut in stores November 2019.

In Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles, Andrew and Foz become best friends on the first day of fifth grade through their mutual love of drawing fun characters and crazy action. Their sketches practically come to life in their notebooks where they draw the amazing adventures of the flying superhero Drew, his canine sidekick Jot, and the diabolical villain Doctor Danger. It’s a world of two best friends using their art to go on fun adventures and save the day – that is, until Andrew’s little sister gets her hands on his notebook and scribbles a brand new threat that could ruin everything!

Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles

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

Art Baltazar Delivers Kids Action With Powers in Action Volume 1 in March

Part of Action Lab: Discover, Action Lab Entertainment‘s new early readers imprint, Powers in Action is the perfect Saturday morning cartoon for your kids to read! This initial story arc introduces you to the next dimension of Eisner Winner Art Baltazar‘s Aw Yeah Universe.

Lynx and his sister Ocelot join the super team, Hero Squadron, which also includes the super heroic likes of Suplex, Eclipse, Enormus and their leader Moon! Travel along with our heroes as they take on numerous supervillains and learn about the true power of teamwork!

Writer Art Baltazar is well-known for his kid-friendly titles. His work includes Tiny TitansSuperman Family Adventures and Itty Bitty Hellboy.

Powers in Action Volume 1, which collects the first four issues of the series, will be in a comic book store near you this March 2019. Preorder it with the Diamond item code JAN191428.

Review: Powers In Action #1

Powers in Action #1

A bold new adventure awaits! Our heroes, LYNX and his sister, OCELOT, join the super team known as The HERO SQUADRON…and they are late for their first meeting. Maybe these delays are because of SUPER VILLAINS! Oh no! Looks like our heroes may have work to do before they even join the team. Will these cat-heroes fit in with the members of the HERO SQUADRON?  Join us for this new SUPER HERO DIMENSION of the AW YEAH UNIVERSE told by famous cartoonist Art Baltazar.

I’ll be completely honest with you; I agreed to review Powers in Action #1 based solely on the title, having NO idea what the concept of the comic was (I didn’t even read the above text until I pasted it here after opening the comic). In short, I really went into the comic utterly blind.

It was so much fun.

Powers In Action #1 is VERY kid friendly, which is to be expected and applauded given the rating, and reads very much like a Saturday morning cartoon. Although this is a very simple story, there’s a lot of subtly to the messaging – especially at the beginning – such as when Lynx, a male superhero gets swiftly taken out by the villain leaving his sister, Ocelot, to capture the bad guy. It’s a great little touch that we all need to be reminded of; girls (or women) don’t need boys (or men) to take care of things for them.

Make no mistake about it, this is very much a comic that your kids will enjoy (or your inner child if your an adult), and perhaps is one that you should add to your pull list for the young friends in your life. But should you read it yourself if you don’t want to buy comics for kids (or have no kids to buy comics for)?

Yup. This is a genuinely fun, light comic that’s well worth adding to your collection when you want to feed your inner child.

Story: Art Baltazar Art: Art Baltazar 
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Powers in Action #1

Powers in Action #1

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

A bold new adventure awaits! Our heroes, LYNX and his sister, OCELOT, join the super team known as The HERO SQUADRON…and they are late for their first meeting. Maybe these delays are because of SUPER VILLAINS! Oh no! Looks like our heroes may have work to do before they even join the team. Will these cat-heroes fit in with the members of the HERO SQUADRON? Join us for this new SUPER HERO DIMENSION of the AW YEAH UNIVERSE told by famous cartoonist ART BALTAZAR!

This comic is 25 years in the making and will be awesome!

Powers in Action #1

Red Sonja 45th Anniversary Foil Trading Card Box, Out Now

Red Sonja 45th Anniversary Foil Trading Card Box

artists: J. Scott Campbell, Frank Thorne, Walter Simonson, Amanda Conner, John Buscema, Fiona Staples, Jenny Frison, Jay Anacleto, Juan Doe, Mike McKone, Amy Reeder, Lucio Parrillo, Art Baltazar, Anthony Marques, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stephanie Buscema, Dick Giordano, Jonboy Meyers, Mel Rubi, Joseph Michael Linsner, more
2.5” x 3.5” | Individual, 7-card foil pack: $89.99 | Teen+
2.5” x 3.5” | Box of 12 foil packs: $1,079.88 | Teen+

A Deluxe-Premiere set featuring a select group of Red Sonja’s most renowned artists portraying the “She-Devil with a Sword” in all of her savage, majestic beauty! This set includes an 18 card base set, PLUS Dynamite chase cards that include: 6 autographed cards, 3 B&W art cards, 9-card puzzle cards, 2-box-topper special cards, special bonus chase cards, and hand-drawn, original art, signed sketch cards!

Every autographed card featuring a color ink or ultra-rare, gold ink signature!

Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 sketch cards, 1 B&W art card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Every specially designed, 4-color box includes 12 foil packs.

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