DC Announces New DC Ink and DC Zoom Comics by Louise Simonson, Marieke Nijkamp, Sarah Kuhn, and More!

Posted by July 19, 2018 Comment

DC Comics has announced the next wave of comics for its DC Ink young adult imprint and its DC Zoom middle grade imprint at San Diego Comic-Con.

Amongst the titles announced are Oracle Rising by Marieke Nijkamp, Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn, Diana, Princess of the Amazons by Shannon and Dean Hale, Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci, Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story by Alex Sanchez, and Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, adapted by The Great Louise Simonson. In addition, the publisher revealed the artists on some of its first wave of announced titles, including Andie Tong on Green Lantern: Legacy, Chris Wildgoose on Batman: Nightwalker, Gurihiru Studios on Superman Smashes the Klan, Gustavo Duarte on Dear Justice League, and Thomas Pitilli on Gotham High.

DC Ink and DC Zoom were announced back in February, with a goal of finding readers outside the direct market. Publishing dates were soon “locked down,” though they were subsequently pushed back in April, with both lines set to debut in 2019.

A press release reveals more details:

Marieke Nijkamp, the #1 New York Times best-selling YA author of This Is Where It Ends, will bring her storytelling to DC’s young adult line of graphic novels—DC Ink—with an original tale about a teenage Oracle, the superhero alter-ego that Barbara Gordon assumes after an encounter with The Joker confines her to a wheelchair. ORACLE: RISING will be joined by another tale about a teenage Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, in SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL, written by acclaimed author Sarah Kuhn, known for her popular Heroine Complex novels.

Additional DC Ink titles announced today include: TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY, the working title of an Aqualad story written by award-winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys); DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL, written by critically acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci (Roche Limit); and Leigh Bardugo’s WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER, which will be adapted from its prose form into a graphic novel by writer Louise Simonson.

DC Zoom, DC’s middle grade graphic novel line, will introduce its first story starring Wonder Woman in DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Past collaborations from the husband-and-wife duo include the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel’s Revenge graphic novel and Marvel’s bestselling The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novel series. Shannon Hale is also the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Princess Academy series and the New York Times best-selling Real Friends.

New artists and on-sale dates for previously announced titles were also revealed today. Gurihiru Studios will provide illustrations for Gene Luen Yang’s SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN, Andie Tong will draw Minh Lê’s GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY graphic novel, Gustavo Duarte will join author Michael Northrop on DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE and Thomas Pitilli has been tapped to illustrate Melissa de la Cruz’s GOTHAM HIGH graphic novel. DC also announced Chris Wildgoose as the artist for Stuart Moore’s adaptation of Marie Lu’s BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER and revealed the graphic novel’s official cover, which can be seen above.

Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles MERA: TIDEBREAKER (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

Here’s the full lineup of books coming from DC Ink and DC Zoom:

DC Ink:
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
BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (August 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL—written by Michael Moreci
GOTHAM HIGH—written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli
ORACLE RISING—written by Marieke Nijkamp
SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL—written by Sarah Kuhn
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY—written by Alex Sanchez (working title)
WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED—written by Laurie Halse Anderson
WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER—adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s prose novel for the DC Icon series

DC Zoom:
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
SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (June 2019)—written and illustrated by Art Baltazar & Franco
DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (July 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
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
BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (November 2019)—written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (December 2019)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong
DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS—written by Shannon and Dean Hale
SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN—written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios

Find out more at the DC for Young Readers panel at SDCC on Friday, July 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 9 at San Diego Comic-Con.

(Last Updated July 20, 2018 7:01 am )

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