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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

Preview: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: David Lopez
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Marc Aspinall
    Spotlight Cover : Kevin Wada
    Chosen One Cover: Morgan Beem
    Preorder Cover: Becca Carey
    Incentive Cover: Yasmin Putri
    Incentive Inks Cover: Yasmin Putri
    Unlocked Slayer Variant Cover: Kaiti Infante
    Unlocked Vampire Variant Cover: Kaiti Infante
Price: $3.99

After the stunning events of Issue #4, the Scooby Gang tries to recover and deal with a new threat that’s arising within the very halls of Sunnydale High itself.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5’s Cover Features an Homage to Doppelgangland

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by artist Becca Carey, featuring an homage to the popular third season episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dopppelgangland. This game-changing issue of the hotly anticipated series will debut in stores June 5, 2019, with a heart wrenching mission that Buffy must complete at all costs in order to save her friend.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking hit pop culture series kicks off a brand new story arc as Team Slayer deals with the devastating consequences of Xander becoming a vampire. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have lost one of their own to Team Vamp but what if there’s a way to get their friend back? The Slayer will walk the line between responsibility and rampage as she searches for anything that’ll bring back her friend, balancing her quest with her duties as the Slayer without losing anyone else in the process. What do you do when your entire purpose is killing vampires and your friend just turned into one? 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and acclaimed artist David López, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon for a new generation of comic book fans.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 features cover art by Mondo illustrator Marc Aspinall and fan favorite artists Kevin Wada, Morgan Beem, and Yasmine Putri.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by artist Becca Carey

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 Has Xander Vamp Out on the Cover

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by Mondo illustrator, Marc Aspinall, where vampire Xander and Drusilla look on as Buffy and Willow try to save Xander’s soul. This game-changing issue of the hotly anticipated series will debut in stores June 5, 2019, with a heart wrenching mission that Buffy must complete at all costs in order to save her friend.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking hit pop culture series kicks off a brand new story arc as Team Slayer deals with the devastating consequences of Xander becoming a vampire. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have lost one of their own to Team Vamp but what if there’s a way to get their friend back? The Slayer will walk the line between responsibility and rampage as she searches for anything that’ll bring back her friend, balancing her quest with her duties as the Slayer without losing anyone else in the process. What do you do when your entire purpose is killing vampires and your friend just turned into one? 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and acclaimed artist David López, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon for a new generation of comic book fans.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5  features cover art by fan favorite artists Kevin Wada, Morgan Beem, Becca Carey, and Yasmine Putri.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by Marc Aspinall

Buffy Loses Control in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5, the start of a new story arc dealing with the consequences of the shocking events of the previous issue, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, available in stores June 5, 2019.

Acclaimed artist David López joins Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, to reimagine the pop culture phenomenon.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking hit series kicks off a brand new story arc as Team Slayer deals with the devastating consequences of Xander becoming a vampire. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have lost one of their own to Team Vamp…but what if there’s a way to get their friend back? The Slayer will walk the line between responsibility and rampage as she searches for anything that’ll bring back her friend, balancing her quest with her duties as the Slayer while trying not to lose anyone else in the process. What do you do when your entire purpose is killing vampires and your friend just turned into one? 

The issue features cover art by Mondo illustrator Marc Aspinall, as well as acclaimed artists Kevin Wada, Morgan Beem, Becca Carey, and Yasmine Putri.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

Check out a New Trailer for Canto, Out this June from David M. Booher, Drew Zucker, and IDW Publishing

In a world where love is forbidden and hope seems lost for a race of enslaved tin people, a new hero must emerge to save the life of the one he loves. His name is Canto and he is the star of his own eponymous all-ages comic series arriving June 26. 

Inspired by the cinematic scope of such fantasy classics like The Wizard of Oz and Labyrinth, co-creators David M. Booher and Drew Zucker invite you into a beautiful new world filled with heroism, hidden danger, adventure, and wondrous landscapes. 

Canto is written by Booher with art by Zucker, colors by Vittorio Astone, letters by Deron Bennett, with covers by an array of talent including Nick RoblesMorgan BeemJorge CoronaPhillip SevyBen Bishop, and Roberta Ingranata

Check out this trailer which perfectly captures our hero’s quest and the world he inhabits.

It’s Xander Vs. Team Slayer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 Cover

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by artist Yasmine Putri, where Xander faces off against Willow and Buffy as he transitions into a vampire. This game-changing issue of the hotly anticipated series will debut in stores June 5, 2019, with a heart wrenching mission that Buffy must complete at all costs in order to save her friend.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking hit pop culture series kicks off a brand new story arc as Team Slayer deals with the devastating consequences of Xander becoming a vampire. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have lost one of their own to Team Vamp but what if there’s a way to get their friend back? The Slayer will walk the line between responsibility and rampage as she searches for anything that’ll bring back her friend, balancing her quest with her duties as the Slayer without losing anyone else in the process. What do you do when your entire purpose is killing vampires and your friend just turned into one? 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and acclaimed artist David López, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon for a new generation of comic book fans.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 features cover art by Mondo illustrator Marc Aspinall and fan favorite artists Kevin Wada, Morgan Beem , and Becca Carey.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by artist Yasmine Putri

Kevin Wada Features Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 Cover

BOOM! Studios has revealed the Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 cover by fan favorite artist and illustrator Kevin Wada, featuring the dark and brooding vampire with a soul, Angel. This game-changing issue of the hotly anticipated series will debut in stores June 5, 2019, with a heart wrenching mission that Buffy must complete at all costs in order to save her friend.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking hit pop culture series kicks off a brand new story arc as Team Slayer deals with the devastating consequences of Xander becoming a vampire. Buffy and the Scooby Gang have lost one of their own to Team Vamp but what if there’s a way to get their friend back? The Slayer will walk the line between responsibility and rampage as she searches for anything that’ll bring back her friend, balancing her quest with her duties as the Slayer without losing anyone else in the process. What do you do when your entire purpose is killing vampires and your friend just turned into one? 

High school is hell, as Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and acclaimed artist David López, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon for a new generation of comic book fans.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 features cover art by Mondo illustrator Marc Aspinall, and artists Morgan Beem, Becca Carey, and Yasmine Putri.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 Kevin Wada Cover

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Dan Abnett, David Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Carlos Magno, George Schall, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Fay Dalton with John Keaveney
Price: $14.99

In celebration of the original film’s 50th anniversary, stories from both eras of the Planet of the Apes franchise are featured together in one collection for the first time ever.

These all-new stories include the reveal of the ape who calls the remains of the Statue of Liberty home, and the first look at the world left behind following the events of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Featuring bestselling authors Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide is an unprecedented examination of the iconic franchise that fans of the original and new series will not want to miss.

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

David López Joins the Team in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

BOOM! Studios has announced a new creative team for the brand new story arc starting in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5. The explosive first chapter of the new story arc for the highly acclaimed comic book series will debut in-stores June 5, 2019.

Artist David López joins writer Jordie Bellaire at the start of a brand new story arc after the shocking conclusion of the last issue. The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series jumps straight into the first chapter of the new story as Buffy and her friends deal with recent shocking events, friends turned foe, and enemies who might be allies, along with all the usual high school drama. Buffy’s world has turned upside down, and it’s only a matter of time before something comes along to tip her straight over into the darkness, but will she recognize the danger when it arrives or will it sneak into her life and sow the seeds of chaos from within?

Welcome back to the Hellmouth, as Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and acclaimed artist David López, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 features main covers by Mondo illustrator Marc Aspinall, along with covers by artists Kevin Wada, Yasmine Putri, Morgan Beem, Becca Carey, and Kaiti Infante.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5
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