DC has announced three new graphic novels aimed at the young adult market that will arrive next spring featuring new takes on Lois Lane, Harley Quinn and Static.
Coming in April of next year is Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story by Sarah Kuhn and Arielle Jovellanos, set before Lois was the journalist we know today. She’s “an ambitious small town girl tackling summer in the big city with gusto,” according to the description. “Lois is excited about her internship, her cosmopolitan apartment, and the future she sees unfolding before her, only to find that things rarely go according to plan.”
Then in May, Melissa Marr and Jenn St-Onge put a new spin on Harley Quinn in The Strange Case of Harleen and Harley, which puts a “Jekyll and Hyde” spin on the character. Here’s the description:
When Harleen signs up to participate in a clinical research trial with her girlfriend, Pamela, the most she can hope for is extra cash in her wallet and a chance to get her anxiety under control. But what she gets instead are increasingly larger gaps in her memory and stolen mementos from some guy named Jack she’s never met. Soon, Harleen discovers she’s sharing her life with Harley—a take-no-prisoners, who-cares-about attendance, maybe-we-oughtta-save-the-bunnies kind of girl. She is the opposite of Harleen in many ways. She is anarchy in a cute dress. And in this Jekyll and Hyde story, Harleen discovers that maybe evil ain’t so bad—as long as she doesn’t get caught.
DC shared some of St-Onge’s concept art:
Finally, in June of 2023, Virgil Hawkins gets a new YA graphic novel titled Static: Up All Night. It’s by Lamar Giles with art by Paris Alleyne, and in it, Static deals with a broken heart.
Virgil Hawkins has just gone through a bad break up. He can’t get over his ex, so his best friend Richie has an idea for how to distract him: attend a music festival in their city of Dakota. But wouldn’t you know it—his ex is in attendance. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles.
In this madcap story of one night, a series of encounters and events leads to an adventure involving Super-Villains, a diner, a reluctant rapper, and a size-changing kleptomaniac, as well as Virgil’s frequent bad decision making. The roster features some familiar faces from both the Dakotaverse and the Static Shock animated series in a coming of age tale about the cost of being a hero, and what’s possible when you have friends you can count on.
Each of the OGNs will cost $16.99.