DC’s Black Label debuts in September, adds ‘beloved existing titles’ to the line

Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s ‘Batman: Damned’ miniseries kicks the imprint off in September.

DC Comics’ new Black Label imprint promises standalone, out-of-continuity comics from “top talent” like Frank Miller, John Romita Jr., Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, John Ridley and many others — and it looks like we’ll see the first new output from the line in September.

DC revealed that Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Damned miniseries will run for three bimonthly issues starting on Sept. 19. It will be followed by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s Superman: Year One three-issue miniseries in November, and John Ridley’s The Other History of the DC Universe, a seven-issue series, in December.

But those are the new projects. DC also revealed that some “beloved existing titles that represent the DC Black Label spirit and mission” will also be published under the banner, starting with the collection of the recent Sean Murphy miniseries White Knight. It arrives in October. Following that, they also plan new additions of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman, Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier, Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight: The Master Race.

“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,” said DC Publisher/CCO Jim Lee back when the line was announced. “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.”

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