DC Black Label

DC Black Label is an imprint of American comic book publisher DC Comics consisting of original miniseries and reprints of books previously published under other imprints. The imprint intends to present traditional DC Universe characters for a mature audience with stand-alone, prestige-format series.[1] The first title of the imprint, Batman: Damned, was shipped on September 19, 2018.[2]

DC Black Label
DC Black Label logo.jpg
Parent companyDC Comics
StatusActive
PredecessorVertigo Comics
Founded2018
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesComic books
Fiction genres

With the discontinuation of DC's Vertigo imprint, new and current series, as well as reprints of old titles, are published under the DC Black Label imprint beginning in 2020.[3]

Comic booksEdit

Single issues of comic books that are issued under the Black Label line will be published in Prestige Format. If a comic book series exceeds a miniseries run length, it will be published in standard format.

Comic books
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Batman: Damned #1–3 September 19, 2018June 26, 2019 Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo [4]

[5]

Superman: Year One June 19, 2019October 16, 2019 Frank Miller John Romita Jr. [6]
Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1 November 20, 2019 Sean Murphy Klaus Janson
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child December 11, 2019 Frank Miller Rafael Grampá [7]
Harleen #1–3 September 25, 2019December 18, 2019 Stjepan Šejić [8]
Batman: Last Knight on Earth May 29, 2019December 18, 2019 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo [9]
Joker: Killer Smile October 30, 2019February 19, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino [10]
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1–8 July 24, 2019March 25, 2020 Sean Murphy [11]
Birds of Prey #1 June 2, 2020 Brian Azzarello Emanuela Lupacchino [12]
The Last God: Sourcebook June 2, 2020 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [13]
Batman: The Smile Killer June 24, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity - Secret Files July 21, 2020 Kami Garcia
Ed Kurz
David Mack
Jason Badower
[14]
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1–4 December 18, 2019August 18, 2020 Daniel Warren Johnson [15]
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage November 20, 2019August 25, 2020 Jeff Lemire Denys Cowan [10]
The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1 September 22, 2020 Dan Watters Steve Beach [16]
Batman: Three Jokers #1–3 August 25, 2020October 27, 2020 Geoff Johns Jason Fabok [17]
The Last God #1–12 October 30, 2019January 26, 2021 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [18]
Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1–4 February 12, 2020February 2, 2021 Amanda Conner
Jimmy Palmiotti
Arthur Adams
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1–3 September 2, 2020February 2, 2021 Tom Taylor Darick Robertson
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1–6 October 20, 2020March 23, 2021 Katana Collins Matteo Scalera
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1–8 October 9, 2019April 7, 2021 Kami Garcia Mike Mayhew
Mico Suayan
[19]
Sweet Tooth: The Return #1–6 November 3, 2020April 13, 2021 Jeff Lemire
The Other History of the DC Universe #1–5 November 24, 2020July 27, 2021 John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli [20]
American Vampire 1976 #1–10 October 6, 2020August 3, 2021 Scott Snyder Rafael Albuquerque [21]
Rorschach #1–12 October 13, 2020September 14, 2021 Tom King Jorge Fornés [22]
Publishing
Strange Adventures #1–12 March 4, 2020September 28, 2021 Tom King Mitch Gerads
Evan "Doc" Shaner
[23]
Batman/Catwoman December 1, 2020 – TBD Clay Mann [24]
The Nice House on the Lake June 1, 2021 – TBD James Tynion IV Álvaro Martínez Bueno [25]
Batman: Reptilian #1–6 June 22, 2021November 23, 2021 Garth Ennis Liam Sharp [26]
Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1–3 August 3, 2021October 5, 2021 Brian Azzarello Alex Maleev [27]
Superman vs. Lobo August 24, 2021 – TBD Tim Seeley
Sarah Beattie
Mirka Andolfo [28]
Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1–6 September 21, 2021 – TBD Bill Willingham Brian Level [29]
Upcoming
Batman: The Imposter #1–3 October 12, 2021 – TBD Mattson Tomlin Andrea Sorrentino [30]
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons October 19, 2021 – TBD Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez [31]
Catwoman: Lonely City #1–4 October 19, 2021 – TBD Cliff Chiang [32]
Human Target #1–12 November 2, 2021 – TBD Tom King Greg Smallwood [33]
Batman: One Dark Knight #1–3 December 7, 2021 – TBD Jock [34]
Batman/Catwoman Special #1 December 21, 2021 Tom King John Paul Leon [35]
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1-3 December 28, 2021 – TBD Jeff Lemire Doug Mahnke [36]
Fables #1–12 May 2022 – TBD Bill Willingham Mark Buckingham [29]
Unproduced
Untitled Superman Series #1-3 2022 Mark Waid Bryan Hitch [37]
Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo limited series TBD Marc Silvestri [38]
Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter Greg Rucka [31]
Batman: Beyond the White Knight Sean Murphy [39]

Black Label linesEdit

The Sandman UniverseEdit

In August 2018, The Sandman Universe was unveiled by creator Neil Gaiman, initially published under Vertigo. DC closed Vertigo in January 2020 as part of a reorganization of age-directed imprints. As of November 2019, all Sandman Universe titles are published under DC Black Label.

Hill House ComicsEdit

Hill House Comics is a pop-up horror line of comics founded and curated by Joe Hill under DC Black Label. The first release, Basketful of Heads #1, written by Joe Hill, was released on October 30, 2019. There is also a backup story, Sea Dogs, written by Joe Hill in every comic series, with each chapter of this story following the order of when each comic issue under Hill House Comics was released.[40]

Hill House Comics
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Basketful of Heads #1–7 October 30, 2019May 27, 2020 Joe Hill Leomacs [41]
The Dollhouse Family #1–6 November 13, 2019May 20, 2020 Mike Carey Peter Gross
Vince Locke
The Low, Low, Woods December 18, 2019June 23, 2020 Carmen Maria Machado Dani
Daphne Byrne January 8, 2020June 10, 2020 Laura Marks Kelley Jones
Plunge February 19, 2020August 25, 2020 Joe Hill Jeremy Wilson

The MurphyverseEdit

On March 2 via a Twitter Q&A, Sean Murphy announced that he would be overseeing a mini-pop-up imprint set in the world of Batman: White Knight, with him writing the bones of the stories and with other writers and artists fleshing it out. The books are planned to be released in-between the main volumes of White Knight.

Murphyverse
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1–6 October 20, 2020March 23, 2021 Katana Collins
Sean Murphy
Matteo Scalera
Dave Stewart
[42]
Upcoming
Nightwing[a] TBD TBD TBD TBD [43]
Batgirl[a]
  1. ^ a b name not final

Collected editionsEdit

Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight was originally released as a regular DC Comics comic book miniseries, but the collected edition was released under the DC Black Label imprint.

Collected editions
Title Material collected Format Writer Artist Pages Publication date ISBN Ref.
Batman: White Knight Batman: White Knight #1–8 SC Sean Murphy 232 October 3, 2018 978-1401279592 [citation needed]
Batman: Damned Batman: Damned #1–3 HC Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo 160 September 4, 2019 978-1401291402 [citation needed]
Superman: Year One Superman: Year One #1–3 HC Frank Miller John Romita Jr. 160 November 12, 2019 978-1401291372 [citation needed]
Harleen Harleen #1–3 HC Stjepan Šejić 160 February 11, 2020 978-1779501110 [citation needed]
Batman: White Knight – The Deluxe Edition Batman: White Knight #1–8 HC Sean Murphy 232 March 4, 2020 978-1779500649 [citation needed]
Batman: Last Knight on Earth Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3 HC Scott Snyder Greg Capullo 184 April 7, 2020 978-1401294960 [citation needed]
Basketful of Heads Basketful of Heads #1–7 HC Joe Hill Leomacs
Dave Stewart
184 September 8, 2020 978-1779502971 [citation needed]
Batman: Curse of the White Knight Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1–8 and Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1 HC Sean Murphy 272 September 15, 2020 978-1779504487 [citation needed]
Joker: Killer Smile Joker: Killer Smile #1–3 and Batman: The Smile Killer #1 HC Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino 160 September 15, 2020 978-1779502698 [citation needed]
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child – The Deluxe Edition Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child HC Frank Miller Rafael Grampa 80 September 15, 2020 978-1779503916 [citation needed]
The Low, Low Woods The Low, Low Woods #1–6 HC Carmen Maria Machado Dani 160 September 29, 2020 978-1779504524 [citation needed]
The Dollhouse Family The Dollhouse Family #1–6 HC Mike Carey Peter Gross
Vince Locke
160 October 13, 2020 978-1779504647 [citation needed]
Daphne Byrne Daphne Byrne #1–6 HC Laura Marks Kelley Jones 160 November 3, 2020 978-1779504654 [citation needed]
Batman: Three Jokers Batman: Three Jokers #1–3 HC Geoff Johns Jason Fabok 160 November 17, 2020 978-1779500236 [citation needed]
Plunge Plunge #1–6 HC Joe Hill Jeremy Wilson 168 November 17, 2020 978-1779506887 [citation needed]
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1–4 HC Jeff Lemire Denys Cowan 200 November 24, 2020 978-1779505583 [citation needed]
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1–4 HC Daniel Warren Johnson 200 December 1, 2020 978-1779502612 [citation needed]

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