DC to Release Watchmen & Other Classic Comics Under Black Label Imprint

Announced in March as a curated line of “edgy” and “sophisticated” new material unbound from traditional DC continuity, DC Black Label launched last month with Sean Murphy’s Batman: White Knight. Now, the new imprint will also be adding new editions of classic DC stories to its lineup, including Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and All-Star Superman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the line will now also be home to some of the most iconic titles in DC’s back catalog, with more than 20 new editions already announced for 2019. “The DC Black Label line will house the best and most evergreen stories from DC,” publisher Dan DiDio said. “The company has a long history that includes some of the most recognizable and renowned storytelling in comics and we want to honor that history by putting them under one banner.”

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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's All-Star Superman will be the first trade paperback to receive the DC Black Label treatment, and is scheduled for release in December. Other titles include a new “Modern Classics” edition of Watchmen, featuring new slipcase art from co-creator Dave Gibbons, as well as new editions of Mark Waid and Alex Ross' Kingdom Come, Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke and Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Batman: The Long Halloween.

The full lineup, including release dates, is below.

All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (Dec. 4, 2018)

DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke (Feb. 19 2019)

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC Modern Classics Edition Hardcover, March 26, 2019)

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Apr. 23, 2019)

Frank Miller’s Ronin by Frank Miller (May 6, 2019)

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (June 11, 2019)

All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder Vol. 1 by Frank Miller and Jim Lee (June 11, 2019)

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (June 18, 2019)

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller (June 18, 2019)

Batman: The Dark Knight - The Master Race by Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller and Andy Kubert (June 25, 2019)

Luthor: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (July 9, 2019)

The Joker: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (July 9, 2019)

Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (Aug. 13, 2019)

The Joker by Brian Azzarello: The Deluxe Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Sept. 10, 2019)

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (Sept. 17, 2019)

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Trade Paperback, Sept. 24, 2019)

Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope (Oct. 8, 2019)

Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Killian Plunkett and Walden Wong (Oct. 22, 2019)

Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Nov. 5, 2019)

Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Nov. 12, 2019)

Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Nov. 26, 2019)

Batman: Haunted Knight by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Dec. 17, 2019)

Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Dec. 31, 2019)

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DC Black Label’s new material will not be affected by this news. The second issue of Batman: Damned is due on shelves in December, and Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s The Other History of the DC Universe is scheduled for January 2019.

(via DC Comics)

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