DC Black Label
|Parent company||DC Comics|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City|
|Publication types||Comic books|
DC Black Label is an imprint of American comic book publisher DC Comics consisting of original miniseries and reprints of books previously published under other imprints. The imprint intends to present traditional DC Universe characters for a mature audience with standalone, prestige-format series. The first title of the imprint, Batman: Damned, was shipped on September 19, 2018.
Single issues of comic books that are issued under the Black Label line will be published in Prestige Format. If a comic book series exceeds a miniseries run length, it will be published in standard format.
|Batman: White Knight||#1-8||October 4, 2017 – May 9, 2018||Sean Murphy|
|Batman: Damned||#1–3||September 19, 2018 – June 26, 2019||Brian Azzarello||Lee Bermejo|||
|Batman: Last Knight on Earth||#1–3||May 29, 2019 – December 18, 2019||Scott Snyder||Greg Capullo|||
|Superman: Year One||#1–3||June 19, 2019 – October 16, 2019||Frank Miller||John Romita Jr.|||
|Batman: Curse of the White Knight||#1–8||July 24, 2019 – March 25, 2020||Sean Murphy|||
|Harleen||#1–3||September 25, 2019 – December 18, 2019||Stjepan Šejić|||
|Joker: Killer Smile||#1–3||October 30, 2019 – February 19, 2020||Jeff Lemire||Andrea Sorrentino|||
|Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze||#1||November 20, 2019||Sean Murphy||Klaus Janson|
|Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child||#1||December 11, 2019||Frank Miller||Rafael Grampá|||
|Birds of Prey||#1||June 2, 2020||Brian Azzarello||Emanuela Lupacchino|||
|The Last God: Sourcebook||#1||June 2, 2020||Phillip Kennedy Johnson||Riccardo Federici|||
|Batman: The Smile Killer||#1||June 24, 2020||Jeff Lemire||Andrea Sorrentino|
|Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files and Origins||#1||July 15, 2020||Kami Garcia
|Wonder Woman: Dead Earth||#1–4||December 18, 2019 – August 18, 2020||Daniel Warren Johnson|||
|The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage||#1–4||November 20, 2019 – August 25, 2020||Jeff Lemire||Denys Cowan|||
|Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity||#1–9||October 9, 2019 – TBD||Kami Garcia||Mike Mayhew
|The Last God||#1–12||October 30, 2019 – TBD||Phillip Kennedy Johnson||Riccardo Federici|||
|Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey||#1–4||February 12, 2020 – TBD||Amanda Conner
|Strange Adventures||#1–12||March 4, 2020 – TBD||Tom King||Mitch Gerads
Evan "Doc" Shaner
|Batman: Three Jokers||#1–3||August 25, 2020 - October 27, 2020||Geoff Johns||Jason Fabok|||
|Hellblazer: Rise and Fall||#1–3||September 2, 2020 - TBD||Tom Taylor||Darick Robertson|
|The Last God: Songs of Lost Children||#1||September 22, 2020||Dan Watters||Steve Beach|||
|American Vampire 1976||#1-9||October 6, 2020 - TBD||Scott Snyder||Rafael Albuquerque|||
|Rorschach||#1-12||October 13, 2020 - TBD||Tom King||Jorge Fornés|||
|The Other History of the DC Universe||#1-5||November 24, 2020 - TBD||John Ridley||Giuseppe Camuncoli|||
|Sweet Tooth: The Return||#1–6||November 3, 2020 - TBD||Jeff Lemire|
|Batman/Catwoman||#1–12||December 1, 2020 - TBD||Tom King||Clay Mann|||
|Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons||TBD||Kelly Sue DeConnick||Phil Jimenez|
|Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo||Limited Series||TBD||Marc Silvestri|
|Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter||Limited Series||TBD||Greg Rucka|||
Black Label Lines
The Sandman Universe
In August 2018, The Sandman Universe was announced by creator Neil Gaiman and would be published under DC Vertigo. In June 2019, DC announced that they would be closing down DC Vertigo in January 2020 as part of a reorganization of age-directed imprints. As of November 2019, all Sandman Universe titles are published under DC Black Label.
Hill House Comics
Hill House Comics is a pop-up horror line of comics founded and curated by Joe Hill under DC Black Label. The first release, Basketful of Heads #1 written by Joe Hill, was released on October 30, 2019. There is also a backup story, Sea Dogs, written by Joe Hill in every comic series, with each chapter of this story following the order of when each comic issue under Hill House Comics was released.
|Hill House Comics|
|Basketful of Heads||#1–7||October 30, 2019 – May 27, 2020||Joe Hill||Leomacs|||
|The Dollhouse Family||#1–6||November 13, 2019 – May 20, 2020||Mike Carey||Peter Gross |
|The Low, Low, Woods||#1–6||December 18, 2019 – June 23, 2020||Carmen Maria Machado||Dani|
|Daphne Byrne||#1–6||January 8, 2020 – June 10, 2020||Laura Marks||Kelley Jones|
|Plunge||#1–6||February 19, 2020 – August 25, 2020||Joe Hill||Jeremy Wilson|
On March 2 via a Twitter Q&A, Sean Murphy announced that he would be overseeing a mini-pop-up imprint set in the world of Batman: White Knight, with him writing the bones of the stories and with other writers and artists fleshing it out. The books are planned to be released in-between the main volumes of White Knight.
|Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn||#1-6||October 20, 2020 - TBD||Katana Collins
- name not final
|Title||Material collected||Format||Writer||Artist||Pages||Publication date||ISBN||Ref.|
|Batman: Damned||Batman: Damned #1–3||HC||Brian Azzarello||Lee Bermejo||160||September 4, 2019||978-1401291402|||
|Batman: Last Knight on Earth||Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3||HC||Scott Snyder||Greg Capullo||184||April 7, 2020||978-1401294960|||
|Batman: White Knight||Batman: White Knight #1–8||TP||Sean Murphy||232||October 3, 2018||978-1401279592|||
|Batman: Curse of the White Knight||Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1–8 and Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1||HC||272||September 15, 2020||978-1779504487|||
|Harleen||Harleen #1–3||HC||Stjepan Sejic||160||February 11, 2020||978-1401291402|||
|Joker: Killer Smile||Joker: Killer Smile #1–3 and Batman: The Smile Killer #1||HC||Jeff Lemire||Andrea Sorrentino||160||September 15, 2020||978-1401291402|||
|Superman: Year One||Superman: Year One #1–3||HC||Frank Miller||John Romita Jr.||160||November 12, 2019||978-1401291372|||
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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.
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