Earlier today it was announced that Frank Miller has signed an exclusive five-book deal with DC Comics. In addition to the upcoming Superman: Year One, Miller will also be writing an original graphic novel based on Carrie Kelley, the Robin from his classic story The Dark Knight Returns. The untitled project will feature pencils from Ben Caldwell and will be aimed at young adult readers.
LEGENDARY CREATOR FRANK MILLER SIGNS
FIVE-PROJECT DEAL WITH DC
Miller Pens First Young Reader Graphic Novel Starring Carrie Kelley
as Part of Multi-Project Agreement
BURBANK, CA (March 23, 2018) – Industry icon Frank Miller continues his long-standing relationship with DC as a five-project deal is announced today by DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee.
Amongst the planned releases from the legendary writer/artist is a forthcoming graphic novel starring Carrie Kelley, whom Miller created for the genre-defining series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Marking Miller’s first-ever foray into storytelling for young readers, the new graphic novel will feature illustrations by artist Ben Caldwell (PREZ).
This new project will join the previously announced DC Black Label prestige series SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE, featuring art by John Romita Jr., as part of Miller’s multi-project deal.
“Frank is a creative force in this industry, not just with a transformative take on iconic characters like Superman and Batman, but also by tackling the young reader genre,” says DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “He is an icon. As a publisher, I’m thrilled—as a fan, I’m even more excited.”
“Frank Miller is an absolute visionary,” says DC Publisher Jim Lee. “He continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, and I can’t wait for a new generation of fans to meet Carrie Kelley. Joining Frank as collaborator on Carrie Kelley is one of my favorite artists–Ben Caldwell, a singular talent who brings his stylized, clean line and rock solid, playful storytelling to this project. We couldn’t ask for a better creative team.”
In addition to the above two books, Miller will pen three additional upcoming projects yet to be announced.
“I am psyched to continue my partnership with DC,” explains Miller. “Developing the Carrie Kelley project and SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE with Dan and Jim has been a dream. It’s thrilling to have Carrie Kelley take center stage for the first time, and the energy that Ben is bringing to her is new and different—it’s incredible to see. It’s also a lot of fun working alongside John on SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE, this project is a childhood dream come true for me.”
More details as we hear them here at Batman News. In the meantime, check out some of Caldwell’s early designs for the book.
SOURCE: DC Comics