DC Comics have been all about the publishing imprints lately. They’ve revived Vertigo, promised new Jinxworld stories from Brian Michael Bendis, and are even launching an entire line of books based on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman universe. This morning, in an exclusive with The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve announced another brand new publishing imprint: Black Label.
The line will include previously announced titles, such as Frank Miller’s Superman: Year One and John Ridley’s The Other History of the DC Universe, as well as two brand new Batman series: Batman: Last Knight on Earth from Scott Snyder and Greg Cappulo, and Batman: Damned from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.
Last Knight on Earth, which was originally announced last summer, will see Snyder and Capullo team up once more to tell an epic Batman story. It’s a bit of a surprise, as Sean Gordon Murphy was originally announced as the artist attached to the project, but no doubt the runaway success of his White Knight miniseries and rumors of a sequel are keeping him pretty busy.
The synopsis, per The Hollywood Reporter:
BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the creative team behind DARK KNIGHTS: METAL
Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told.
Batman: Damned, meanwhile, sees the team behind 2008’s original graphic novel Joker come together again for a new Batman-focused story. Check the synopsis below, along with a teaser image for the series:
BATMAN: DAMNED from Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, the creative team behind JOKER
On a deserted Gotham City bridge, a body is found. Whispers spread the news: Joker is dead. But is this a dream come true or a nightmare being born? Now Batman and DC’s outlaw magician John Constantine must hunt the truth through a Gotham City hellscape. The city’s supernatural recesses are laced with hints about a killer’s identity, but the Dark Knight’s descent into horror will test his sanity and the limits of rationality, as he must face a horror that doesn’t wear a mask.
To get an idea of the mission statement behind this new line, Jim Lee says “many of our perennially best-selling, critically acclaimed books were produced when we unleashed our top talent on standalone, often out-of-continuity projects featuring our most iconic characters, a prime example being Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Creating DC Black Label doubles down on our commitment to working with all-star talent and trusting them to tell epic, moving stories that only they can tell with the highest levels of creative freedom.” More creative freedom and the opportunity to tell unique, out of the box stories? Color me intrigued.
More details as we hear them at Batman News.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter