DC Entertainment has announced the inaugural artist lineup for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Zoom and DC Ink. The artists will join the previously announced roster of bestselling young adult and middle grade authors to create diverse, relatable stories starring DC’s most iconic characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many more. Both original graphic novel lines are set to launch in spring 2019.
The two new imprints were announced in February 2018 and they are aimed at younger readers.
DC Zoom targets middle grade readers ages 8-12 and will tell stories focused on friends, family and growing up. The line will debut in April 2019 with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by award-winning middle grade author Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez.
The complete list of creative teams for the first wave of DC Zoom titles include:
- 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
- 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
DC Ink will publish thought provoking stories for young adults, readers ages 13+, that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles and triumphs. The line will also launch in April 2019 with the highly anticipated Mera coming-of-age tale, Mera: Tidebreaker from New York Times bestselling YA author Danielle Paige and artist Stephen Byrne. Complete creative teams for the first round of DC Ink graphic novels include:
- 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
The covers and first looks for the first wave of DC Zoom and DC Ink titles are illustrated by each respective artist announced today and can be viewed in the image gallery below.
DC Zoom and DC Ink authors Kami Garcia, Ridley Pearson, Shea Fontana, Meg Cabot, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle and Mariko Tamaki will share more details about their upcoming books on various panels at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans from June 21-26.
DC Entertainment has announced two new imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom, aimed at young and teenage readers.
The graphic novel line will re-imagine numerous characters with an impressive line-up of creators.
We’ve got a look at the ALA Special Edition Sample of Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh.
How excited are we for the full release? Find out!
Last night we brought the news that DC Entertainment would be launching two new graphic novel imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.
The new graphic novels line will be focused on young adult readers, DC Ink, and middle grade readers, DC Zoom.
We’ll see the first titles released in Fall 2018 and now have an even fuller list of what we’ll be seeing.
- Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh
- Mera by Danielle Paige
- DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat
Set to follow in 2019:
- Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
- Batman: Nightwalker – The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
- Teen Titans by Kami Garcia
- Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
- Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen
- Batman: Overdrive by Shea Fontana
- Black Canary Ignite by Meg Cabot
- Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop
- Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê
- Super Sons by Ridley Pearson
- Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco
- Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang which will be released as periodicals first, then collected.
DC Zoom and DC Ink are the two new graphic novel imprints announced by DC Entertainment this weekend. DC Zoom will feature stories for middle school readers while DC Ink will be focused on young adults.
The new imprints will also team up with young adult writers including Laurie Halse Anderson, Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Northrop, and Ridley Pearsen.
DC Ink will kick off with two graphic novels, one featuring Harley Quinn being written by Mariko Tamaki and art by Steve Pugh. The other will feature Mera and will be written by Danielle Paige with an artist yet to be announced. DC Zoom will debut with DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat.
Also announced was Gene Luen Yang‘s book, Superman Smashes the Klan. The title sounds like a throwback to the classic Superman radio show which took on the Klan. Ridley Pearson will write a Super Sons graphic novel featuring Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. Pearson’s story will tackle climate change and introduce a new character named Candice, who discovers she belongs to an African dynasty.
The announced lineup reflects the female readers of middle grade and Y.A. novels. They’ll be free from complicated continuity.
The focus isn’t superhero stories but character studies. The middle grader focused adventures will be “characters who are figuring out the world around them, including dealing with parents and teachers” while the young adult graphic novels will focus on “questions of personal identity, with budding heroes deciding what paths they will take.”
The softcover Zoom graphic novels will cost $9.99 for 128 pages with the Ink books retailing for $16.99 for 192 pages.
(via The New York Times)
Crippled by the events of “The Oz Effect,” Superman struggles to regain a sense of hope for humanity. As a strange new threat brews in the background, a faithless Son of both Krypton and Earth must make a choice: stay and fight for his adoptive homeworld, or answer a call from the stars.
With “The Oz Effect” over and the revelation of who Mr. Oz is behind us, we’re left asking what’s next? “The Oz Effect” directly attacked what Superman stands for and represents, the “hope” for humanity. Mr. Oz revealed the “true nature” of humanity for all its negativity and in that way attacked Superman while attempting to save him from whatever comes next.
This issue picks up from there with Superman questioning a lot of things, like what it means to be the son of someone so evil. It’s an interesting direction that forces Superman on a quest of some sorts and an ending that I’m sure will be spoiled elsewhere but I’m not doing that here. It’s a solid twist ending that has me excited to see the next issue and reintroduces a certain character into the DC Universe post Rebirth.
The art by Steve Pugh is solid. It’s slightly different than we’ve seen over the span of the series but keeps with a certain aesthetic style that’s consistent with what’s come before. There’s some solid emotional moments as Superman comes to grips with what has happened and what it all means and those are conveyed quite well through the art.
This is a solid follow up to an event that has shaken Superman and put into question the whole nature vs. nurture debate. But, it also sets up what feels like a hell of an adventure to come based on those final pages and it’s an adventure I’m beyond excited to see.
Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Steve Pugh Cover Art: Francis Manapul
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
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Action Comics #992
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Steve Pugh (CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
“AFTER EFFECTS”! Crippled by the events of “The Oz Effect,” Superman struggles to regain a sense of hope for humanity. As a strange new threat brews in the background, a faithless Son of both Krypton and Earth must make a choice: stay and fight for his adoptive homeworld, or answer a call from the stars.
Supergirl Annual #1
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Steve Pugh (CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
“EMERALD ERADICATION” part two! With her powers out of control, Emerald Empress takes the upper hand over Supergirl! These deadly tactical strikes will rattle the Girl of Steel to the core!
The Flintstones #12
(W) Mark Russell (A) Steve Pugh (CA) Rick Leonardi, Scott Hanna
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk- at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue of what critics are calling the best comic of 2016!
You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk- at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue!
Some times we can’t have nice things. That’s how I feel about The Flintstones which wraps up its run and does so in a emotional way that feels like a solid end chapter to what is some of the smartest writing in comics today.
Writer Mark Russell has delivered some of the best social and political commentary anywere in his twelve issues and here he wraps up that run focused on whether science and religion can live side by side. For twelve issues the series at times has felt a little sarccastic and on the down side of things, but here we get an issue that’s weirdly positive and hopefully.
Russell nails the ending with an issue that’s bookended with thoughts from Gazoo about humanity and its likelihood for survival and ability to flourish. The words spoken are truly an observation about today’s world and ends in a way that gives a glimmer of a smiler and wink. That includes giving us a satisfying conclusion to the animal appliances in what feels like an almost revolutionary statement in this issue.
Artist Steve Pugh along with colorist Chris Chuckry deliver the usual solid art that has grown on me over the twelve issues. This isn’t the traditional style, but the team has constantly given us art that forces you to disect every inch of the page to catch all of the jokes that drive as much of the story as the words themselves. Just solid work.
This had to end eventually and twelve issues feels too short in many ways. Hopefully we get more Russell soon because I know this usual satisfied my craving for smart commentary through comics. Some of the smartest writing anywhere wraps up that way and shows off why it’s exactly that.
Story: Mark Russell Art: Steve Pugh
Main Cover: Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Covers: Rick Leonardi, Scott Hana, Steve Buccellato
Color: Chris Chuckry Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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The Flintstones #11
(W) Mark Russell (A) Steve Pugh (CA) Jill Thompson
In Shops: May 03, 2017
There goes the neighborhood! After Fred’s birthday gift from Barney leads to outrage on their street, he is called to appear before the menacing neighborhood association. Can Fred reason with them? Or will the Flintstones be run out of Bedrock?