DC Comics has been announcing a ton of new imprints lately, from Young Animal to Sandman Universe, along with Zoom and Ink. However, the just-announced Black Label imprint might be the most impressive of the bunch, focusing on creator-driven tales about the publisher's best characters.
Jim Lee, the co-publisher of DC Entertainment, had this to say about the gritty, creator-driven imprint:
"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."
And look at the creators DC has lined up for this imprint.
Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. will be teaming up with Superman: Year One, a three-issue prestige mini-series that will celebrate the Man of Steel's 80th anniversary.
(DC Comics/Frank Miller)
After Dark Knights: Metal, the acclaimed team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return to the world of the Dark Knight with Batman: LastKnighton Earth. Batman wakes up in a world where the villains have won and society has liberated itself from moral codes. He's also joined by The Joker, who is now a living head in a jar.
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo of Luthor and Joker fame will be working on Batman: Damned, a gritty team-up between the Caped Crusader and everyone's favorite magic user, Constantine. They need to find The Joker's killer in a twisted new version of Gotham City.
(DC Comics/Lee Bermejo)
Kelly Sue DeConnick will be working on her first major DC series with fan-favorite artist Phil Jimenez. Called Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, this three-issue series will detail the long history of the Amazons, from their creation to the moment Steve Trevor arrives on their shores.
(DC Comics/Phil Jimenez)
Greg Rucka will also work on a new Wonder Woman tale after his acclaimed Rebirth run, though no artist has been announced. Currently going by the working title Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter and it will have very similar themes to his rebirth run, including finding out the truth about heritage and destiny. It will presumably be about Diana's daughter, given that working title.
Finally, we have the previously announcedOther History of the DC Universe by 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley. As previously stated, this will focus on the lesser-known heroes of DC, like John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya, among others.
The amazing sounding DC Black Label line launches in August, starting with Superman: Year One.