Edited: 6/24/19 11:47 AM
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As promised, although DC’s branded DC Zoom (for middle grades) and DC Ink (for YA) imprints are being discontinued, DC is not slowing down on titles for younger readers. In fact at today’s Book Buzz panel at ALA, DC announced more than 40 titles for 2020 and beyond.
Joining the slate for 2020 which was announced at BEX, DC has rolled out a truly “robust” list that includes work by best selling comics creators from Jeffrey Brown to Julie Maroh, previously best known for her queer drama Blue is the Warmest Color. Unlike Ink and Zoom, the new books are mostly by creators best known for their comics work and not the bestselling prose authors who made headlines for the first wave.
The list also hints at some startling rebranding.
Although titles are not final, we can only guess that a middle grade book called The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel is going to have some heads spinning. Although Constantine – the hard drinking, hard smoking, hard swearing, hard everything bisexual magician who was the flagship of the Vertigo line in the Hellblazer title – had been sanitized a bit for a role in the DCU, the idea of him as a character for kids aged 8-12 is…well….WILD. Luckily Ryan North and Derek Charm are involved so there may be a wink or two.
According to the PR:
As standalone stories, DC’s YA and middle grade graphic novels are not part of DC’s ongoing comic book continuity and completely accessible to new fans. DC’s YA titles feature thought-provoking stories for readers ages 13 and up that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs. DC’s middle grade graphic novels are geared toward readers ages 8-12 and tell stories focused on friends, family, and growing up.
The panel also unveiled art and more story notes for the titles debuting in 2020.
[paw comments: There a TON of titles and art that I don't want to copy/pasta. Consult the link for details. Here's the list for 2020 and beyond]
Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021
Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
- Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
- Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
- House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
- I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
- Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
- Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
- Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem
- Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
- Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
- Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
- Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
- You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
- Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)
- Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
- Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
- DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
- Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
- Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
- Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
- Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
- Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
- Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
- Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
- Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
- Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
- Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey
- The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm