DC ANNOUNCES YET ANOTHER IMPRINT

Connor Harris
Connor Harris

DC ANNOUNCES YET ANOTHER IMPRINT: BLACK LABEL
With mature stories for mature readers, by acclaimed creators.

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The success of Batman: White Knight, Dark Knight III: The Master Race and Nightwing: New World Order has demonstrated a readership for more adult-suitable stories using DC Comics characters. So while DC Zoom and DC Ink offer comics aimed at a child and young adult audience I get the word that something called DC Black Label will feature comics aimed at adults using familiar DC characters.

dccomics.com/blog/2018/03/08/dc-launches-new-publishing-imprint-dc-black-label
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DC Black Label is an imprint designed to allow “an all-star lineup of creative teams” to “craft their own personal definitive DC stories.” According to DC’s official press release, the imprint is inspired by some of the publisher’s most successful prestige titles including Batman: The Killing Joke, The New Frontier, The Dark Knight Returns, and Watchmen.

According to DC co-publisher Jim Lee, Black Label books, much like the predecessors that inspired the imprint, will be creator led, rather than continuity driven, takes on the DC universe. He said:
<Many of our perennially best-selling, critically acclaimed books were produced when we unleashed our top talent on standalone, often out-of-continuity projects featuring our most iconic characters…creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom.”
When thinking of DC Black Label, longtime fans might turn to DC’s “Earth One” graphic novels as a point of comparison. The Earth One comics, like Black Label’s future books, do away with the intricacies of the standard DC Universe continuity, choosing to focus on making their stories accessible to readers outside the direct market.
Each of the Black Label books “will have a unique format and release schedule to best serve the story and creative vision.”
This opens the door not only to standard single issues and OGNs under Black Label, but less standard formats such as Euro-sized comics as well.

I decided to make a new thread after all, but it is too late to remove my original posts in another DC imprint news thread. Janitors can feel free to take either this or my old posts down.

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Parker Long
Parker Long

List of books that will appear under Black Label imprint:

<SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.
A groundbreaking, definitive treatment of Superman’s classic origin story in honor of his 80th anniversary. This story details new revelations that reframe the Man of Steel’s most famous milestones—from Kal-El’s frantic exile from Krypton, to Clark Kent’s childhood in Kansas, to his inevitable rise to become the most powerful and inspiring superhero of all time.

<BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
the creative team behind DARK KNIGHTS: METAL
Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told

<BATMAN: DAMNED from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
On a deserted Gotham City bridge, a body is found. Whispers spread the news: Joker is dead. But is this a dream come true or a nightmare being born? Now Batman and DC’s outlaw magician John Constantine must hunt the truth through a Gotham City hellscape. The city’s supernatural recesses are laced with hints about a killer’s identity, but the Dark Knight’s descent into horror will test his sanity and the limits of rationality, as he must face a horror that doesn’t wear a mask.

<WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez
A Homeric epic of the lost history of the Amazons and Queen Hippolyta’s rise to power. Featuring monsters and myths, this three-book saga spans history from the creation of the Amazons to the moment Steve Trevor washes up on the shores of Paradise Island, changing our world forever.

<WONDER WOMAN: DIANA'S DAUGHTER from Rucka
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.

<THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE from John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, THE AMERICAN WAY)
A compelling literary series analyzing iconic DC moments and charting sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya, among others. At its core, the story focuses on the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues. It isn’t about saving the world, it’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.

What is DC doing with all these imprints lately? Are they making serious attempts at experimenting and diversifying their portfolio? Will it work, and change the market?

Cameron Cooper
Cameron Cooper

The success of Batman: White Knight
Fucking kill me.
Dark Knight III: The Master Race
I saw an issue in my nearby comics store. I know it probably isn't but sounds fun, what is it about Holla Forums?
Nightwing: New World Order
ditto

SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE by Frank Miller
Frank Miller working on Supes… fucking kill me.
<WONDER WOMAN HISTORIA: THE AMAZONS from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez
A Homeric epic of the lost history of the Amazons and Queen Hippolyta’s rise to power. Featuring monsters and myths, this three-book saga spans history from the creation of the Amazons to the moment Steve Trevor washes up on the shores of Paradise Island, changing our world forever.
This could be so much fun, but I know it won't be…. why Holla Forums?

Josiah Barnes
Josiah Barnes

Sounds like the whole concept behind it was.
Hey, guys, you see those M rated comics?
<Yeah.
What if we put a sticker on them that says "Black Label" and charge twice for them, it'll be easier too since any writers can write their fanfics in it and we won't hire editors for them.
<Sign me the fuck up.

Charles Russell
Charles Russell

Kelly Sue DeConnick

If you're aware of her work then you know what you're going to be getting.

Jordan Martinez
Jordan Martinez

A compelling literary series analyzing iconic DC moments and charting sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya, among others.
Extraño

That's it. I got to storytime the New Guardians. Son of a bitch.

Nathan Hernandez
Nathan Hernandez

Extraño

LEAVE MY AIDS INFECTED HOMO WIZARD ALONE!

Aiden Ramirez
Aiden Ramirez

uh, excuse you, nazi.

the politically correct term is 'african american label'.

Luke James
Luke James

This could be so much fun
People won't even get Wonder Woman right, a Homeric epic to portray Greek mythology with DC characters should be an obvious formula for success, but alas, as always Wonder Woman is a complete waste of potential, only DCAU, and the 2009 animated movie has done her relatively decent and should be examples of what they can do with the character, then again I must admit I only hear of Wondy when is shit, if there's a run an user could recommend me it would be greatly appreciated.

lel.

Michael Brooks
Michael Brooks

The success of Batman: White Knight
My first reaction was "what fart-huffing bullshit is this?" until I went and checked the numbers and say that White Knight was consistently a top 10 seller during its run. Why do we want to save comics, again?

Dylan Cruz
Dylan Cruz

Are they making serious attempts at experimenting and diversifying their portfolio?

Fuck no. This is DC casting a wide net and hoping to catch some fish. It's no better than the various Archie spin-offs.

This is the final amalgamation of Vertigo. Ever since Identity Crisis, DC has been trying to work Vertigo's "maturity" into their main line. This is as far as they can go without completely destroying their brand.

Austin Lopez
Austin Lopez

Holla Forums
wanting to save comics

The newfag is strong with this one.

Nathan Young
Nathan Young

Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him,

This sentence really drives home that Snyder fucking hates Batman.

Angel Brooks
Angel Brooks

There is also MAD Books, and Bendis' Jinxworld might be coming to DC as well. Also, is Hannah Barbara it's own imprint, or is it a line with DC's regular comics?

Either way, DC might be going a bit overboard with these imprints. It would probably be better to just make Young Animal and Bendis's imprint into their own lines within Vertigo. Either way, at least DC is trying to do something. It makes sense to have different imprints for different demographics.

Mason Stewart
Mason Stewart

It makes sense to have different imprints for different demographics.

But half of them are selling the same product: Variations on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

If I'm looking for something different, I won't be looking at those tired IPs.

Alexander Gomez
Alexander Gomez

No one wants more bad comics. There's little joy to be had when a shitty show does well or a terrible comic sells tens of thousands of copies.

Owen Sullivan
Owen Sullivan

All they had to say was "We're bringing back Elseworlds".
Superman: Year One, Last Knight on Earth, Damned and The Other History sound good.

Might be good, but might also just be a last ditch effort with no thought or planning behind it.

Landon Rodriguez
Landon Rodriguez

Until the actual books come out, I've yet to see what's so bad about this. Black Label might as well as be an Elseworlds revival in every way except name. At least DC's making an attempt to accurately brand its output.

DKIII is another sequel to Dark Knight Returns. It's basically Batman and Superman against crazy Kryptonian cultists from Kandor. It's better than it sounds if you don't take it too seriously.
Frank Miller working on Supes
Hardly an omen if you don't just buy into the memes about him. I'd be more concerned about JRJR's art.

Jackson Smith
Jackson Smith

"For adults"
That's a funny way of spelling "full of tits, innards and unsubtle jabs at Trump, only unlike squirrel girl they'll say 'fuck'"

Brody Cooper
Brody Cooper

Weren't they already doing that? How adult can you get? Nothing they write is aimed at anyone younger than 35.

Jack Cook
Jack Cook

only DCAU, and the 2009 animated movie has done her relatively decent and should be examples of what they can do with the character

You just named two of the worst portrayals of Wonder Woman. One had her as a perpetually angry bitch who also craved Bat-cock, the other had her as a naive, bitchy girl who only calms partially after Steve Trevor spergs out at her.

The closest we got to a good Wonder Woman in animated form was the Young Justice version, ironically enough.

Angel Brown
Angel Brown

And even then, YJ WW was fairly flawed.

Dominic Price
Dominic Price

BATMAN: DAMNED

Is someone finally doing the "Joker is killed and takes over Hell when he gets there?" storyline?

Jacob Young
Jacob Young

Batman Damned intrigues me. Mainly becuase it's Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo doing it and I normally like their work.

Carson Myers
Carson Myers

All they had to say was "We're bringing back Elseworlds".

But is it Elseworlds? Elseworlds stories usually created an entirely new version of the character. BL just sounds regular cape comics, just with a mature twist.

Chase Ross
Chase Ross

just with a mature twist

But the mainstream titles are already geared toward adults. I'm having trouble appreciating the difference.

William Hill
William Hill

The difference is that you can expect more blood and gore along with scenarios that couldn't happen in the mainstream books because it would damage the brand.

Sebastian Johnson
Sebastian Johnson

DCAU Wonder Woman wasn't perpetually angry

Luke Cook
Luke Cook

They call it black label…because you'd have to be drunk to read it

Brayden Martin
Brayden Martin

They said the stories were out of canon and cited Elseworlds and famous non-canon one-shots.
Elseworlds don't always have to be incredibly vast changes, they are just uses of the IP that aren't canon so writers could do whatever they liked.

Andrew Bennett
Andrew Bennett

When it comes to mainline books, DC and Marvel still will not allow certain mature content. Things like nudity, profanity, "problematic content," and will even put limits on things like alcohol or smoking. Big two comics are usually as tame as basic channels, and tamer than basic cable.

Did anyone ever get WW right in the first place? I don't think I have ever seen two people who could agree how WW is supposed to be handled.

Michael Wright
Michael Wright

Well, the William Messner-Loebs/George Perez WW was breddy gud.

Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson

Thanks for the recommendation user, honestly a warrior trained woman since infancy fighting mythological Greek beasts and monsters along an American soldier should be one of the great histories one could read, I don't even begin to fathom how they constantly fuck up a great premise like that.

Josiah Bennett
Josiah Bennett

Kelly Sue DeConnick

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Jace Miller
Jace Miller

Miller on Superman
sounds good

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Gavin Hall
Gavin Hall

Feminism

Levi Brown
Levi Brown

I don't even begin to fathom how they constantly fuck up a great premise like that.

Because that wasn't the original premise. It's also the reason why Wonder Woman will forever be a shit character.

Wonder Woman, deep at the core concept of the book, is a fetish title. A fetish title all about bondage, sub/dom play, and "loving" femdom. Wonder Woman writers have tried for decades to cover it up with more feminist angles, but the character won't be good until they fully embrace what the character was meant to be.

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Sebastian Nguyen
Sebastian Nguyen

but the character won't be good until they fully embrace what the character was meant to be.
That original premise was also shit, imho they should just continue on the greek mythology and strip the forced feminism they wrote in.

Jordan Anderson
Jordan Anderson

That original premise was also shit
That was the wrongest thing you could have said about this.

Alexander Green
Alexander Green

But user, the original premise was shit. Anyone who wants bondage fetishism can find it much easier today, too.

Aiden Butler
Aiden Butler

But can they find a superheroine story with bondage elements worked into the premise? Nigger anyone can find porn.

Blake Bell
Blake Bell

Just because you have a specific fetish that doesn't mean the premise is good.

Hunter Gray
Hunter Gray

but the character won't be good until they fully embrace what the character was meant to be.
Didn't Morrison do exactly that and wasn't his rendition, big surprise, shit?

Bentley Davis
Bentley Davis

I don't have a bondage fetish, but it's still a better idea than "yet another hero based on mythology". If anything they should embrace it more rather than shy away from it.

Carson Myers
Carson Myers

I don't have a bondage fetish, but it's still a better idea than "yet another hero based on mythology".
Except there weren't that many superheroes, never mind super heroes based on mythology in 1941

The problem with the fetish shit is A) It's redundant what with the abundance and easy availability of porn nowadays (that there wasn't in 1941) and B) if bondage shit is not your fetish it's pretty much impossible to write well.

Wonder Woman's problem is not that she's based on mythology. Wonder Woman's problem is that she's been appropriated by angry feminist dykes who insist on her being an angry feminist dyke.

Henry Cooper
Henry Cooper

in 1941
Good thing it's decades later, and that we're not talking about porn. You can explore fetish material without it being porn. Empowered does it just fine, and I will not let you sit here and tell me there aren't dozens of comics about men/women in skintight outfits.

Hey you know what's the easiest way to get rid of angry feminist dykes? I'll let you have three guesses.

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John Long
John Long

You seem to have missed several points

Isaiah Sanders
Isaiah Sanders

Your entire point is "Fetish shit in comic is bad because porn exists", when you seem to ignore the fact that you can cater to something without it being porn. Do you really think stuff like Minerva Mink wasn't written and/or animated by furfags, or that Jessica Rabbit's sex appeal wasn't lovingly added into every frame? Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth is a vehicle for light bondage elements and as we've seen before, sex appeal is like bug spray to the kind of people wanting to turn her into an angry dyke. Play it up and everyone wins.
Look I'll sum it up for you in the simplest way: Sex Sells.

Nolan Campbell
Nolan Campbell

Your entire point is "Fetish shit in comic is bad because porn exists"
No it wasn't. My point was that it's probably not a good idea to excise elements of Wonder Woman's character that have been elements of her character from her inception right through to her modern interpretation, in favour of elements of her character which haven't been part of her character since her earliest incarnation. Especially when there's a better outlet for them.

Luis Edwards
Luis Edwards

And I believe you're wrong, since there have been plenty of holdover elements from earlier iterations for many, many different comics that have become iconic over the years. Superman's heat vision, Batman's utility belt, The Green Lantern's Rings. Hell the costumes themselves have, more or less, stayed consistent. Very few major alterations.
On top of that, even if you played up the mythology aspect, there'd be no reason to exclude the lasso and it's use. Aside from a slight flavor change. Yes there's "Better outlet" for them, just like you have better sources for mythology-themed heroes, but again, you can cater to something without it being porn. You seem to have this hangup where you either are unable to understand or refuse to acknowledge that fetishy material can exist alongside something else and not be outright, or even somewhat, pornographic. Case in point: the images posted.

Xavier Johnson
Xavier Johnson

never mind super heroes based on mythology in 1941

Golden Age Wonder Woman wasn't based on mythology. It was based on bondage. They never really got into the myths.

Jackson Lopez
Jackson Lopez

Batman: Damned is the only title that sounds somewhat promising. Miller's and Romita Jr's Superman sounds like something interesting, but not necessarily for good reasons.

I'll let you have three guesses.
Making books that appeal to men, meritocratic hiring practices, and ignoring moral outrage brigades?

Ayden Watson
Ayden Watson

So DC Ultimates then?

Joseph Moore
Joseph Moore

Bondage and feminism.
Feminism was whole lot sexier in William Moulton Marston's day…

Ryan Sanchez
Ryan Sanchez

Minerva Mink wasn't written and/or animated by furfags
Furries didn't exist then you retard.

Hunter Evans
Hunter Evans

They did. One of them was probably part of the reason why Tiny Toons was cancelled.
unpromisedone.blogspot.com/2012/11/meet-dennis-quozl-falk-man-who-got-tiny.html

Joshua Wilson
Joshua Wilson

From the thumbnail I thought they were going to create a whole new imprint for all their nigger-pandering comics. Now that I've read the article I don't know which is worse.

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