DC Comics has announced new details today about its mature readers line, DC Black Label. The publisher is updating some of its classic titles with new editions, adding a Black Label stamp. According to THR, DC is planning on launching over 20 of these editions in 2019 alone.
Highest on the list is Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins’ Watchmen. The limited series is sliding into the zeitgeist as of late, with a new TV show in the works, as well as Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’ Doomsday Clock series, which unites the Watchmen universe with DC’s continuity. Gibbons, who drew and colored the original Watchmen, will contribute a brand new cover to the book’s Black Label edition. Other than that, it’s not clear if the Black Label editions will include new content or feature new cover art across the line.
The line’s only been active for a month, but it’s already hugely popular. DC Black Label broke the internet last month when it premiered its first title, along with Batman’s batawang, in Batman: Damned #1. Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight was retroactively given the Black Label treatment and is already headed for a second printing after being on shelves for less than a month.
THR was provided with a full list of next year’s DC Black Label rereleases, which you can check out below (hope you like Batman). Notable among them are Kingdom Come, Batman: Year One, Superman: Red Son, Batman: The Long Halloween and Black Orchid, perhaps the most obscure title on this list, which marks some of Neil Gaiman’s earliest published comic work. Be sure to keep scrolling to take a look at some of the new trade dress in action.
All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (Trade Paperback, Dec. 4, 2018)
DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke (Trade Paperback, Feb. 19 2019)
Watchmen (DC Modern Classics Edition) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Hardcover, March 26, 2019)
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Trade Paperback, Apr. 23, 2019)
Frank Miller’s Ronin by Frank Miller (Trade Paperback, May 6, 2019)
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Trade Paperback, June 11, 2019)
All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder Vol. 1 by Frank Miller and Jim Lee (Trade Paperback, June 11, 2019)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Trade Paperback, June 18, 2019)
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller (Trade Paperback, June 18, 2019)
Batman: The Dark Knight — The Master Race by Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller and Andy Kubert (Trade Paperback, June 25, 2019)
Luthor: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, July 9, 2019)
The Joker: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, July 9, 2019)
Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (Trade Paperback, Aug. 13, 2019)
The Joker: The Deluxe Edition by Brain Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, Sept. 10, 2019)
Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (Trade Paperback, Sept. 17, 2019)
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Trade Paperback, Sept. 24, 2019)
Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope (Trade Paperback, Oct. 8, 2019)
Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Killian Plunkett and Walden Wong (Trade Paperback, Oct. 22, 2019)
Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Nov. 5, 2019)
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Trade Paperback, Nov. 12, 2019)
Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Nov. 26, 2019)
Batman: Haunted Night by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Dec. 17, 2019)
Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Dec. 31, 2019)
Watchmen Black Label Cover Art by Dave Gibbons
All-Star Superman Black Label Cover Art by Frank Quitely