DC's Young Readers Imprints Add New Titles, New Creators

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New projects for the 2019-launching lines include 'Diana, Princess of the Amazons' and 'Shadow of the Batgirl.'

Ahead of the April 2019 launch of DC Entertainment’s young adult and middle reader graphic novel lines, the company has unveiled all-new additions to the DC Zoom and DC Ink imprints, with a continued focus on the company’s female characters.

Announced Thursday during a press breakfast at San Diego Comic-Con, five new titles will be added to the DC Ink young adult line, led by Oracle: Rising, an original story written by New York Times best-selling author Marieke Nijkamp about Barbara Gordon’s transformation into a new superhero after an assault by the Joker left her in a wheelchair, and Shadow of the Batgirl, written by Heroine Complex author Sarah Kuhn.

Additionally, the line will gain an adaptation of the prose novel Wonder Woman: Warbringer, written by Louise Simonson (the original novel was written by Leigh Bardugo); an Aqualad project by Alex Sanchez with the working title Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story; and Michael Moreci’s Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival. Artists for all titles will be announced at a later date.

Meanwhile, the middle reader DC Zoom imprint will add its first Wonder Woman project with Diana, Princess of the Amazons, written by the husband-and-wife team of Dean and Shannon Hale, neither of whom are strangers to writing young fearless heroines; they are the writers behind Marvel’s best-selling Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novels.

DC also announced artists for a number of previously unveiled Zoom and Ink titles, including Andie Tong on Green Lantern: Legacy; Gustavo Duarte on Dear Justice League; Thomas Pitilli on Gotham High; Chris Wildgoose on Batman: Nightwalker; and the fan-favorite team Gurihiru on the much-anticipated Superman Smashes the Klan, written by MacArthur Fellowship recipient Gene Luen Yang.

More details about the DC Zoom and DC Ink projects will be revealed during the "DC for Young Readers" panel on Friday at 5 p.m. in Room 9.