DC announces new line of “Compact Comics”

Taking a page from manga and book publishers, DC has revealed that they will begin selling a new line of “Compact Comics” graphic novels that stand at a modest 5.5″ x 8.5″. The same size as a trade paperback novel, these graphic novels are intended to be an easy way for new readers to pick up some of the most popular titles for only $9.99. “The DC Compact Comics price and sizing is perfect for readers of prose and manga looking to pick up a new-reader-friendly storyline in a self-contained full color graphic novel,” said Anne DePies, SVP & General Manager at DC.

The line will begin publication in June 2024 with some of DC’s most popular series, including stories from Batman legends such as Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, and Ed Brubaker. The full list of titles that will be part of the initial launch, along with some of the covers, can be seen below:

  • Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
  • Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
  • All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely
  • Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette
  • American Vampire Book One by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Albuquerque
  • Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee
  • Joker by Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
  • Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens by Paul Dini, Peter Calloway, Tony Bedard, Guillem March, Andres Guinaldo
  • Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman by Darwyn Cooke, Ed Brubaker