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Following the announcement of its YA and young reader imprints, DC Entertainment announced a further push toward younger readers at New York Comic Con Thursday, with writer Brian Michael Bendis revealing details of his curated “pop-up imprint,” Wonder Comics.
Talking at the DC Meet The Publishers panel, Bendis — whose tenure at DC started earlier this year after almost two decades at Marvel — said that the new imprint, which will feature four ongoing series set inside the core comic book continuity of DC’s main line, is inspired by “that moment where you discover who you’re going to be and what your place in life is going to be, but you’re going to have to fight for it.”
The four titles will feature mix revivals of existing characters and concepts with all-new material and new incarnations of familiar identities and names. The flagship of the line will be Young Justice, written by Bendis, which teams Robin (Tim Drake, who Bendis called “the best Robin), Impulse and Superboy (Conner Kent, the 1990s version of the character) with a number of new characters, including Ginny Hex, a descendant of DC western character Jonah Hex, and Teen Lantern, a young girl from Bolivia who has figured out a way to hack the power battery of the Green Lantern Corps. Although it was not revealed at the panel, DC has since revealed that the artist on the series will be Patrick Gleason.
Other titles in the line include revivals for the cult Super Friends characters the Wonder Twins, written by The Flintstones’ Mark Russell with art by Stephen Byrne, and classic 1950s comic book Dial H for Hero, written by Sam Humphries and illustrated by Joe Quinones. Additionally, the line will feature an all-new creation, Naomi, co-written by Bendis and Nighthawk and Bitter Root’s David Walker, with art by Jamal Campbell. The line will launch in January 2019 with the first issues of Naomi and Young Justice.
“This is an opportunity to express a lot of themes I was already deal with, with Miles Morales and Riri Williams; that moment of life when everything is at its most passionate. You’re at your most emotional and most powerful,” Bendis said about the imprint. “It’s literally a list of things people have been screaming at me to bring to DC Comics.”
Also at the panel, DC Entertainment publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio introduced Marv Wolfman, the co-creator of the New Teen Titans and Crisis on Infinite Earths, who’ll be writing a new comic book based on an upcoming line of action figures by Funko, called DC Primal Age, intentionally created to resemble the DC comic books of the 1980s. Attendees of the panel were presented with exclusive DC Primal Age action figures as the panel ended.
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