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Thoughts on DC’s New DC Zoom and DC Ink Imprints

March 21, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
DC Zoom Super Sons

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Last week we discussed our Thoughts on Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Cloud Strife: “Frank Miller hasn’t written anything that’s good in over 20 years now, and he always wrote Superman horribly. I don’t even think it’s all his fault. Writers write for their time, and some stuff ends up transcending and becoming timeless, while other stuff just doesn’t age well. Miller’s writing and visual style just haven’t aged very well. Even some of his genuine classic works don’t really hold up that well for me.”

Steed: “Even if his writing has gone downhill in the past 2 decades, I’m still somewhat cautiously optomistic about this and intend to read it. Moreso for John Romita Jr’s artwork if anything else is enough to part with my cash.”

prowriter: “Writing invulnerable in a cynical age is almost impossible.”

Voice of Logic: “I thought Frank Miller hated Superman… Isn’t that why he drew him so goofy in the Batman Year One comics?”

Carl Rood: “Doesn’t Frank Miller hate Superman? He insults the character constantly in his Dark Knight books.”

Scott: “Holy crap, Frank Mliller’s still getting work from one of the big two?!”

William Jansen: “The Year One-title made sense for Batman, because there was a Year One for Batman. Superman was a baby for his Year One.

i am excited for Miller hooking up with a decent visual artist for a change. He hasn’t been served well in recent years.”

WChilders49: “We must not forget that while Frank Miller has churned out undeniable classics like the Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil’s Born Again storyline, he has also produced some absolute crap like Holy Terror and the Dark Knight Strikes Again.

So I am looking forward to Superman: Year One with optimism, but I certainly know better than to get my hopes up.”

Robert Lehto: “Considering Miller has always hated Superman and the quality of his more current stuff, I just don’t think this will end well.”

To read last week’s column go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss our…

Thoughts on DC Zoom and DC Ink

Long time readers know that I’m always interested in how the comic book industry can grow by bringing new, younger readers into the fold. I’m sure each one of us has a story to share on their first introduction to the much larger world of comics.

With so many other diversions competing for attention, it can be tough getting people to pick up a new book. While superhero movies are all the rage, the rising tide of new fans haven’t exactly been flooding into the stores.

Last week DC announced new details revolving around its young reader imprints, DC Zoom and DC Ink, and gave us a peek at the titles scheduled for release in fall 2019.

Let’s take a look at what he have. First up we have two graphic novels:

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs tells a lighthearted coming-of-age tale about a half-human/half-plant boy named Russell Weinwright. The book is written and drawn in first-person journal entries and features a fun, innovative lined notebook-style format.

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH marks the first DC Super Hero Girls (DCSHG) graphic novel by new series writer Amy Wolfram. Wolfram is joined by DCSHG artist Yancey Labat for this original story set in the same universe as the new DC Super Hero Girls animated series created by Lauren Faust.

These two books will be joined this fall by other announced DC Zoom titles by Meg Cabot and Cara McGee, Shannon and Dean Hale with Victoria Ying, and Minh Lê and Andie Tong, among others. Books published under the DC Zoom banner target middle grade readers ages 8-12 and tell stories focused on friends, family and growing up.

DC has also confirmed on-sale dates and shared early looks at upcoming titles from DC Ink—the publisher’s new young adult graphic novel line for readers ages 13+.

Here’s the list of creative teams and on-sale dates for all DC Zoom and DC Ink titles debuting in 2019 and January 2020.

DC Zoom (ages 8-12):

– SUPER SONS: THE POLAR SHIELD PROJECT (April 2, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

– DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (June 4, 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska

– DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE(August 6, 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte

– SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (September 3, 2019)—written by Art Baltazar and Franco and Illustrated by Art Baltazar

– THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID (October 1, 2019)—written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs

– DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH (October 15, 2019)—written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat

– BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (November 5, 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

– SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION (November 5, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

– DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS (January 7, 2020)—written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying

– GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (January 21, 2020)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong

DC Ink (ages 13+):

– MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2, 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne

– UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 7, 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

– TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

– HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (September 3, 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh

– BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (October 1, 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

This is an impressive lineup. Known names with a little pinch of characters that don’t normally see the spotlight. The big question is how will DC market these books so readers know that they are coming?

They’ll need to do more than send comic book stores a few posters and email blasts to their subscribers. They need to advertise in new places and make it easy for readers to find the books. Otherwise, these imprints will wither away like so many others before.

What do you think of the new lines? Will they find the audience they are aiming for?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!

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