Geoff Johns is returning to his comic book roots in a big way with a new pop-up label from DC Comics called The Killing Zone.
After stepping down from his position as DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer, Johns will dive back into DC's stable of characters. The imprint will focus on both new and obscure DC properties. No further details are known about the imprint's titles or when they would see release at this time.
This announcement is just the latest in DC's growing line of pop-up labels. The publisher has previously launched Young Animal under Gerard Way, and will soon debut Sandman Universe, as curated by Neil Gaiman. Part of the initial deal that brought Brian Micahel Bendis over to DC Comics also included a curated imprint as well.
Johns had been CCO since 2010 and president since 2016, but his increase in responsibilities took him away from what he wanted to be doing most. “I’m thrilled to get back to a more hands-on creative role, Johns said in a statement about the change, "It’s a dream job on dream projects, reaching even deeper into DC’s vast pantheon of characters."
Johns will be working on other comic book projects outside the imprint, including a new Shazam series and Three Jokers, drawn by Jason Fabok. He has also been announced as the screenwriter for a Green Lantern Corps movie, tentatively scheduled for 2020.