DC comics and WEBTOON have just announced an expansion to their partnership that started last September with Batman: Wayne Family Adventures. They will be releasing three new titles within the DC Universe starting with Vixen: NYC, and followed by Red Hood: Outlaws, and Zatanna & The Ripper.
It’s no secret that Wayne Family Adventures is one of my favorite comics currently running. I open my WEBTOON app weekly to read the newest chapter almost as soon as it’s released. The series itself has been highly successful on the platform garnering over 32 million views and 937 thousands subscribers since its release. This new announcement makes it clear that both DC and WEBTOON hope to continue that success with these new titles.
“The DC and WEBTOON partnership is an exciting opportunity to explore new genres with DC’s iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains, telling new stories that both new and old fans can enjoy,” said Nancy Spears, DC’s vice president of Sales and Marketing.
David Lee, Head of Content at WEBTOON U.S, added, “WEBTOON is home to a new generation of comics fans, and DC is home to some of the most iconic characters and franchises in comics. Our partnership with DC represents the future of the comic industry, combining legendary franchises with new technologies and global fandoms that cross borders. Fans can’t get enough of ‘Batman: Wayne Family Adventures,’ and we know they are going to love what we have in store for the 2022 slate.”
Check out more information on each title below then let us know which one you’re most excited for!
VIXEN: NYC (May 26), written by Jasmine Walls with lead artist Manou Azumi.
Mari Jiwe grew up in a small, seaside town in North Carolina, but upon graduating high school seeks to connect with extended family in Ghana. There, she meets relatives who gift her a mysterious totem, passed down for generations. After moving to New York, she unlocks the secrets of the totem, which give her animal powers.
The coming of age story centers Mari’s struggle to to figure out how to “adult,” but also how to “superhuman.” Then women, who look unusually like Mari, are kidnapped across the city. Vixen learns an estranged, distant relative, General Maksai, is on the hunt for her, seeking the crystal for himself. Vixen will have to stop him. As she does, she learns the true extent of her abilities. Turns out, she’s capable of a lot more than she thought.
RED HOOD: OUTLAWS (Summer 2022), written by Patrick R Young with art by Nico Bascuñán.
This quirky team title features the unlikely and fractious combination of Red Hood, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, and Bizarro, who have to try to replace their goody-two-shoe counterparts as the heroes the world neither deserves nor needs.
In this original series, the Outlaws will battle some of DC’s biggest Super-Villains and Super Heroes — but their biggest battles are among themselves. Can this team last? And can they find their own identities separate from Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman?
ZATANNA & THE RIPPER (Summer 2022), written by Sarah Dealy and lead artist Syro.
In a gritty but magical journey (with a healthy dab of romance), Zatanna and John Constantine join forces to find and unmask Jack the Ripper. Zantanna is the daughter of Giovanni Zatara, one of the world’s most talented magicians (and one of the oldest characters in the DC pantheon, debuting in the same 1938 comic that introduced Superman), but her power may even surpass his. On her 21st birthday, Zatanna witnesses a fight between her father and the sorceress Allura. Before Allura can get to his daughter, Giovanni blasts Zatanna far away-to London, England…in the 1800s. Zatanna she tries to use her burgeoning magic to return home, but fails. It seems she’ll be stuck forever until an old friend finds her — John Constantine. Recognizing him from her past—or her future, he tells her he knows how to get her home. They’ll have to solve the Jack the Ripper murders. To make matters worse, Zatanna also quickly learns that she’s among the Ripper’s targets.
Look for Vixen: NYC on WEBTOON on Thursday, May 26th, then Red Hood: Outlaws and Zatanna & The Ripper to follow later in 2022.