DC Black Label

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DC Black Label
DC Black Label logo.jpg
Parent companyDC Comics
StatusActive
PredecessorVertigo Comics
Founded2018
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesComic books
Fiction genres

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.[1] The first title of the imprint, Batman: Damned, was shipped on September 19, 2018.[2]

With the discontinuation of DC's Vertigo imprint, new and current series, as well as reprints of old titles, are published under the DC Black Label imprint beginning in 2020.[3]

Comic books[edit]

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.

Comic books
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
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 [4]

[5]

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3 May 29, 2019 – December 18, 2019 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo [6]
Superman: Year One #1–3 June 19, 2019 – October 16, 2019 Frank Miller John Romita Jr. [7]
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1–8 July 24, 2019 – March 25, 2020 Sean Murphy [8]
Harleen #1–3 September 25, 2019 – December 18, 2019 Stjepan Šejić [9]
Joker: Killer Smile #1–3 October 30, 2019 – February 19, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino [10]
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 [11]
Birds of Prey #1 June 2, 2020 Brian Azzarello Emanuela Lupacchino [12]
The Last God: Sourcebook #1 June 2, 2020 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [13]
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
Ed Kurz
David Mack
Jason Badower
[14]
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1–4 December 18, 2019 – August 18, 2020 Daniel Warren Johnson [15]
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1–4 November 20, 2019 – August 25, 2020 Jeff Lemire Denys Cowan [10]
Publishing
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1–9 October 9, 2019 – TBD Kami Garcia Mike Mayhew
Mico Suayan
[16]
The Last God #1–12 October 30, 2019 – TBD Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [17]
Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1–4 February 12, 2020 – TBD Amanda Conner
Jimmy Palmiotti
Arthur Adams
Strange Adventures #1–12 March 4, 2020 – TBD Tom King Mitch Gerads
Evan "Doc" Shaner
[18]
Batman: Three Jokers #1–3 August 25, 2020 - October 27, 2020 Geoff Johns Jason Fabok [19]
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1–3 September 2, 2020 - TBD Tom Taylor Darick Robertson
Upcoming
The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1 September 22, 2020 Dan Watters Steve Beach [20]
American Vampire 1976 #1-9 October 6, 2020 - TBD Scott Snyder Rafael Albuquerque [21]
Rorschach #1-12 October 13, 2020 - TBD Tom King Jorge Fornés [22]
The Other History of the DC Universe #1-5 November 24, 2020 - TBD John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli [23]
Sweet Tooth: The Return #1–6 November 3, 2020 - TBD Jeff Lemire
Batman/Catwoman #1–12 December 1, 2020 - TBD Tom King Clay Mann [24]
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons TBD Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez
Unproduced
Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo[citation needed] Limited Series TBD Marc Silvestri
Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter Limited Series TBD Greg Rucka [25]

Black Label Lines[edit]

The Sandman Universe[edit]

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[edit]

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.[26]

Hill House Comics
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Publishing
Basketful of Heads #1–7 October 30, 2019 – May 27, 2020 Joe Hill Leomacs [27]
The Dollhouse Family #1–6 November 13, 2019 – May 20, 2020 Mike Carey Peter Gross
Vince Locke
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

The Murphyverse[edit]

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.

Murphyverse
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Upcoming
Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1-6 October 20, 2020 - TBD Katana Collins
Sean Murphy
Matteo Scalera
Dave Stewart
[28]
Nightwing[a] TBD TBD TBD TBD [29]
Batgirl[a]
  1. ^ a b name not final

Collected editions[edit]

Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight was originally released as a regular DC Universe comic book miniseries, but the collected edition was released under the DC Black Label imprint.

Collected editions
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 [citation needed]
Batman: Last Knight on Earth Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3 HC Scott Snyder Greg Capullo 184 April 7, 2020 978-1401294960 [citation needed]
Batman: White Knight Batman: White Knight #1–8 TP Sean Murphy 232 October 3, 2018 978-1401279592 [citation needed]
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 [citation needed]
Harleen Harleen #1–3 HC Stjepan Sejic 160 February 11, 2020 978-1401291402 [citation needed]
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 [citation needed]
Superman: Year One Superman: Year One #1–3 HC Frank Miller John Romita Jr. 160 November 12, 2019 978-1401291372 [citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marston, George (June 15, 2018). "DC BLACK LABEL BATMAN: DAMNED #1, SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE, OTHER HISTORY Release Dates". Newsarama. Purch.
  2. ^ Johnston, Rich (July 11, 2018). "DC Comics' Black Label Series to Be Oversized – Starting with Batman: Damned". Bleeding Cool. Avatar Press.
  3. ^ McMillan, Graeme (June 21, 2019). "DC to Replace 'Vertigo' and Other Publishing Imprints with Age Rating Labels". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "BATMAN DAMNED #1 (OF 3) (MR)". Previews World. Diamond Comic Distributors. July 18, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Update: BATMAN: DAMNED #1 Will Not Be Reprinted, Next Issue Pushed Back". Newsarama. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 24, 2018). "SNYDER & CAPULLO's BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH Double-Sized". Newsarama. Purch.
  7. ^ "Frank Miller & John Romita Jr.'s 'Superman: Year One' Arrives This June in Comic Shops with Collection in November" (Press release). DC Comics. March 15, 2019. Archived from the original on June 15, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "SEAN MURPHY'S BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT DEBUTS THIS JULY FROM DC BLACK LABEL". DC comics.
  9. ^ "DC BLACK LABEL REIMAGINES HARLEY QUINN'S ORIGIN". dc comics.
  10. ^ a b "DC INTRODUCES TWO NEW MINISERIES". DC Comics.
  11. ^ Polo, Susana. "Frank Miller returns to the Dark Knight yet again, in The Golden Child". polygon.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Anderson, Jenna. "Birds of Prey Series Moves to DC's Black Label, Gets New Cover". comic book.com. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Johnson, Phillip Kennedy. "DC Introduces New Sourcebook for The Last God". DCcomics.com. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  14. ^ "Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 Exposes The Joker's Profile!". dccomics.com. DC comics.
  15. ^ Whitbrook, James. "Diana Takes on the Post-Apocalypse in Our Exclusive First Look at Wonder Woman: Dead Earth". io9.gizmodo.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "DC ANNOUNCES NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY". DC Comics.
  17. ^ "A NEW LEGEND BEGINS IN THE LAST GOD". dc comics. dc comics.
  18. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/02/04/king-gerads-and-shaners-highly-anticipated-strange-adventures-secures-dcs-black
  19. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 19, 2018). "3 JOKERS Lands at BLACK LABEL - But is In DCU Continuity". Newsarama. Purch.
  20. ^ "DC Expands The Last God With Songs of Lost Children One-Shot". CBR.com. CBR.com.
  21. ^ "American Vampire Returns for Its Final Chapter!". dccomics.com. Dc Comics.
  22. ^ "Announcement: DC Proudly Presents 'Rorschach' #1". dcomics.com. Dc Comics.
  23. ^ "John Ridley Unveils 'The Other History of the DC Universe'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  24. ^ "Batman/Catwoman Begins!". dcomics.com. DC Comics.
  25. ^ "DC LAUNCHES NEW PUBLISHING IMPRINT DC BLACK LABEL". dccomics.com. DC Comics. March 8, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2020. 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.
  26. ^ https://www.dccomics.com/HillHouseComics
  27. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Joe Hill Details First 6 Hill House DC Comics Titles at SDCC – Plunge, Dollhouse Family, Low Low Woods, Daphne Byrne and Basket Full Of Heads". bleedingcool.com. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  28. ^ "Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn Launches in October!". dcomics.com. Dc Comics.
  29. ^ "Sean Murphy to Oversee White Knight Imprint With Nightwing, Batgirl & More". cbr.com. CBR.com.

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