DC Black Label
Parent companyDC Comics
StatusActive
PredecessorVertigo Comics
Founded2018; 6 years ago (2018)
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesComic books
Fiction genresSuperhero
Owner(s)Warner Bros. Discovery

DC Black Label (also referred to simply as 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]

Publication history

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. All series are eventually collected in hardcover format.

Black Label was launched in September of 2018. Black Label is designed for writers and artists to create more adult oriented/"edgy" stories, without having to follow the rules of continuity and age ratings.

With the discontinuation of DC's Vertigo imprint, new and current series, as well as reprints of old titles, are being published under the DC Black Label imprint beginning in 2020.[3] Some series reprinted include The Sandman, Fables, Y: The Last Man, The Sleeper, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Watchmen, IZombie, etc. Continuations of Vertigo series are published under the Black Label line, such as Sweet Tooth: The Return and Fables #151 - 162.

Series and continuity

Many series released by DC Black Label focus on characters from the DC Universe, with new, darker, more mature stories or complete reinventions on the characters.

Geoff Johns said that the Black Label stories do not always have to exist outside of the main universe canon. Stories which may not intentionally exist within the main universe upon release can be folded into the main universe dependant on their success or popularity.[4]

Tom King himself has told his own perspective on the continuity of Black Label series.[5] He believes that there are three major categories based on comics from the 1980s. First where the stories have nothing to do with superhero stories and DC canon seemingly inspired by The Sandman. These stories can have different elements which do not relate to the main DCU. These stories have no effect with the main DC Universe. Second are stories which could exist or what might happen instead, which follow the Dark Knight Returns. These books are stories which are not possible in main continuity. Similar to DKR, these stories are books which are set in a hypothetical future which may or may not happen, offering a glimpse into what could happen someday. These are books that, while could be part of continuity, they currently aren't and won't be in the future. Third are stories which happen with the DCU but aren't taking place with the monthly books that DC publishes, stories following the Killing Joke. These stories are in present day continuity and follow all the rules, which have big changing moments as well as trying to define characters for the current generation. These stories follow the Killing Joke as they don't immediately affect any of the other books but can impact them.

Titles

Comic books
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Batman: Damned #1–3 September 19, 2018June 26, 2019 Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo [6]

[7]

Superman: Year One June 19, 2019October 16, 2019 Frank Miller John Romita Jr. [8]
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 December 11, 2019 Rafael Grampá [9]
Harleen #1–3 September 25, 2019December 18, 2019 Stjepan Šejić [10]
Batman: Last Knight on Earth May 29, 2019December 18, 2019 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo [11]
Joker: Killer Smile October 30, 2019February 19, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino [12]
Birds of Prey #1 June 2, 2020 Brian Azzarello Emanuela Lupacchino [13]
The Last God: Sourcebook Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [14]
Batman: The Smile Killer June 24, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino [15]
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity - Secret Files July 21, 2020 Kami Garcia
Ed Kurz
David Mack
Jason Badower
[16]
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1–4 December 18, 2019August 18, 2020 Daniel Warren Johnson [17]
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage November 20, 2019August 25, 2020 Jeff Lemire Denys Cowan [12]
The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1 September 22, 2020 Dan Watters Steve Beach [18]
Batman: Three Jokers #1–3 August 25, 2020October 27, 2020 Geoff Johns Jason Fabok [19]
The Last God #1–12 October 30, 2019January 26, 2021 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [20]
Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1–4 February 12, 2020February 2, 2021 Amanda Conner
Jimmy Palmiotti
Arthur Adams [21]
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1–3 September 2, 2020February 2, 2021 Tom Taylor Darick Robertson [22]
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1–8 October 9, 2019April 7, 2021 Kami Garcia Mike Mayhew
Mico Suayan
[23]
Sweet Tooth: The Return #1–6 November 3, 2020April 13, 2021 Jeff Lemire [24]
The Other History of the DC Universe #1–5 November 24, 2020July 27, 2021 John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli [25]
American Vampire 1976 #1–10 October 6, 2020August 3, 2021 Scott Snyder Rafael Albuquerque [26]
Rorschach #1–12 October 13, 2020September 14, 2021 Tom King Jorge Fornés [27]
Strange Adventures March 4, 2020October 12, 2021 Mitch Gerads
Evan "Doc" Shaner
[28]
Batman: Reptilian #1–6 June 22, 2021November 23, 2021 Garth Ennis Liam Sharp [29]
Batman: The Imposter #1–3 October 12, 2021December 14, 2021 Mattson Tomlin Andrea Sorrentino [30]
Peacemaker: Disturbing the Peace #1 January 25, 2022 Garth Ennis Garry Brown [31]
Batman/Catwoman Special Tom King John Paul Leon [32]
Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1–6 September 28, 2021February 22, 2022 Bill Willingham Brian Level [33]
Superman vs. Lobo #1–3 August 24, 2021March 8, 2022 Tim Seeley
Sarah Beattie
Mirka Andolfo [34]
Suicide Squad: Get Joker! August 3, 2021May 10, 2022 Brian Azzarello Alex Maleev [35]
Batman/Catwoman #1–12 December 1, 2020June 28, 2022 Tom King Clay Mann [36]
Suicide Squad: Blaze #1–3 February 8, 2022July 5, 2022 Simon Spurrier Aaron Campbell [37]
Batman: One Dark Knight December 21, 2021July 26, 2022 Jock [38]
Tales of the Human Target #1 August 23, 2022 Tom King Greg Smallwood [39]
Rogues #1–4 March 22, 2022October 18, 2022 Joshua Williamson Leomacs [40]
Aquaman: Andromeda #1–3 June 7, 2022October 18, 2022 Ram V Christian Ward [41]
Catwoman: Lonely City #1–4 October 19, 2021October 25, 2022 Cliff Chiang [42]
The Nice House on the Lake #1–12 June 1, 2021December 27, 2022 James Tynion IV Álvaro Martínez Bueno [43]
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1–3 November 30, 2021December 27, 2022 Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez
Gene Ha
Nicola Scott
[44]
Human Target #1–12 November 2, 2021February 28, 2023 Tom King Greg Smallwood [45]
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1–3 December 28, 2021March 21, 2023 Jeff Lemire Doug Mahnke [46]
Batman & the Joker: The Deadly Duo #1–7 November 1, 2022 – May 2, 2023 Marc Silvestri [47]
The Riddler: Year One #1–6 October 25, 2022August 29, 2023 Paul Dano Stevan Subic [48]
Peacemaker Tries Hard #1–6 May 2, 2023October 3, 2023 Kyle Starks Steve Pugh [49]
Danger Street #1–12 December 13, 2022December 12, 2023 Tom King Jorge Fornés [50]
Waller vs. WildStorm #1–4 March 28, 2023December 12, 2023 Spencer Ackerman
Evan Narcisse
Eric Battle [51]
Publishing
Fables #1–12 May 17, 2022February 20, 2024 Bill Willingham Mark Buckingham [33]
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #1–3 July 25, 2023 – TBD Mark Waid Bryan Hitch [52][53]
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham #1–4 September 16, 2023 – TBD Rafael Grampá [54]
Batman: City of Madness #1–3 October 10, 2023 - February 13, 2024 Christian Ward [55]
Upcoming
The Bat-Man: First Knight #1–3 March 24, 2024 - TBD Dan Jurgens Mike Perkins [56]
Unproduced
Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter TBD [44]

Black Label lines

Several lines occur under the Black Label imprint. Each of these Lines are often shared under the same creative umbrella with some sort of connections between each series, whether that be through creative teams, shared universe or even thematically.

The Sandman Universe

Main article: The Sandman Universe

The line was launched in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman (1989–1996) and for Vertigo's 25th anniversary. The line began in August 2018 with The Sandman Universe being unveiled by creator Neil Gaiman. This line was initially published under the Vertigo label, but DC closed the Vertigo line in January 2020 as part of a reorganization of age-directed imprints. All Sandman Universe titles are currently published under DC Black Label.

Hill House Comics

See also: Basketful of Heads

Hill House Comics is a pop-up horror line of comics founded and curated by Joe Hill under DC Black Label. The first title, 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.[57] A Sea Dogs trade paperback was published in a trade paperback format as part of a Hill House Box Set that collected all the backup stories and added additional pages.[58] The latest series in this imprint, Refrigerator Full of Heads was a sequel to the first series released and concluded in April 2022.[59][60]

Hill House Comics
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Basketful of Heads #1–7 October 30, 2019May 27, 2020 Joe Hill Leomacs [61]
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 Stuart Immonen
Sea Dogs Backup stories October 26, 2021 Joe Hill Dan McDaid [58]
Refrigerator Full of Heads #1–6 October 19, 2021April 19, 2022 Rio Youers Tom Fowler [62]

Murphyverse

Main article: Murphyverse

In March 2020, following the success of Batman: White Knight (2017–2018) and Batman: Curse of the White Knight (2019–2020), both comics created by Sean Murphy, it was reported that DC was interested in creating a mini-imprint centered around Murphy's works.[63] Referred to as the "Murphyverse", the imprint intends to feature limited series set in the shared universe first established in the White Knight series.[64] The main line titles in this universe have been written and drawn by Murphy himself, with spin-offs being written and drawn by other creators.

Collected editions

Collected editions
Title Material collected Format Dimensions Writer Artist Pages Publication date ISBN Ref.
Batman: Damned Batman: Damned #1–3 HC 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo 160 September 4, 2019 978-1401291402 [citation needed]
Superman: Year One Superman: Year One #1–3 HC 8.8 x 0.61 x 11.17 inches Frank Miller John Romita Jr. 160 November 12, 2019 978-1401291372 [citation needed]
Harleen Harleen #1–3 HC 8.86 x 0.68 x 11.16 inches Stjepan Šejić 160 February 11, 2020 978-1779501110 [citation needed]
Batman: Last Knight on Earth Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3 HC 6.91 x 0.58 x 10.45 inches Scott Snyder Greg Capullo 184 April 7, 2020 978-1401294960 [citation needed]
Basketful of Heads Basketful of Heads #1–7 HC 6.9 x 0.61 x 10.5 inches Joe Hill Leomacs
Dave Stewart
184 September 8, 2020 978-1779502971 [citation needed]
Joker: Killer Smile Joker: Killer Smile #1–3 and Batman: The Smile Killer #1 HC 8.8 x 0.51 x 11.2 inches 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 7.5 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches Frank Miller Rafael Grampa 80 978-1779503916 [citation needed]
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 1: Marks of Woe The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer #1, John Constantine, Hellblazer #1–6, and The Books of Magic #14 HC 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches Simon Spurrier Aaron Campbell 216 September 29, 2020 978-1779502896 [citation needed]
The Low, Low Woods The Low, Low Woods #1–6 HC 6.65 x 0.38 x 10.2 inches Carmen Maria Machado Dani 160 978-1779504524 [citation needed]
The Dollhouse Family The Dollhouse Family #1–6 HC 6.89 x 0.6 x 10.45 inches Mike Carey Peter Gross
Vince Locke
160 October 13, 2020 978-1779504647 [citation needed]
Daphne Byrne Daphne Byrne #1–6 HC 6.9 x 0.56 x 10.46 inches Laura Marks Kelley Jones 160 November 3, 2020 978-1779504654 [citation needed]
Batman: Three Jokers Batman: Three Jokers #1–3 HC 7.02 x 0.52 x 10.47 inches Geoff Johns Jason Fabok 160 November 17, 2020 978-1779500236 [citation needed]
Plunge Plunge #1–6 HC 6.83 x 0.56 x 10.46 inches Joe Hill Jeremy Wilson 168 978-1779506887 [citation needed]
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1–4 HC 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches Jeff Lemire Denys Cowan 200 November 24, 2020 978-1779505583 [citation needed]
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1–4 HC 8.76 x 0.62 x 11.16 inches Daniel Warren Johnson 200 December 1, 2020 978-1779502612 [citation needed]
Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey: The Hunt for Harley Harley Quinn & the Birds of Prey #1–4 and a story from Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #12 HC 8.7 x 0.51 x 11.14 inches Jimmy Palmiotti Amanda Conner 160 March 23, 2021 978-1779504494 [citation needed]
John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 2: The Best Version of You John Constantine, Hellblazer #7–12 HC 6.61 x 0.32 x 10.15 inches Simon Spurrier Aaron Campbell 163 March 30, 2021 978-1779504494 [citation needed]
The Last God: Book I of the Fellspyre Chronicles The Last God #1–12, The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages #1 and The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1 HC 6.97 x 1.13 x 10.47 inches Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici 448 August 3, 2021 978-1779510549 [citation needed]
Sweet Tooth: The Return Sweet Tooth: The Return #1–6 TP 6.61 x 0.32 x 10.17 inches Jeff Lemire 152 August 17, 2021 978-1779510327 [citation needed]
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1–8 and Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 HC 8.76 x 0.76 x 11.13 inches Kami Garcia Mico Suayan 304 September 7, 2021 978-1779512024 [citation needed]
American Vampire 1976 American Vampire 1976 #1–10 HC 6.9 x 0.62 x 10.47 inches Scott Snyder Rafael Albuquerque 264 November 2, 2021 978-1779512673 [citation needed]
The Other History of the DC Universe The Other History of the DC Universe #1–5 HC 8.79 x 0.73 x 11.2 inches John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli 224 November 16, 2021 978-1779511973 [citation needed]
Rorschach Rorschach #1–12 HC 6.92 x 0.73 x 10.49 inches Tom King Jorge Fornés 312 December 7, 2021 978-1779512048 [citation needed]
Strange Adventures Strange Adventures #1–12 HC 6.97 x 0.77 x 10.47 inches Mitch Gerads Evan Shaner 376 December 14, 2021 978-1779512031 [citation needed]
Batman: The Imposter Batman: The Imposter #1–3 HC 6.97 x 0.57 x 10.47 inches Mattson Tomlin Andrea Sorrentino 168 February 22, 2022 978-1779514325 [citation needed]
The Nice House on the Lake Vol. 1 The Nice House on the Lake #1–6 TP James Tynion IV Alvaro Martinez 200 March 1, 2022 978-1779514349 [citation needed]
Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham #1–6 TP Bill Willingham Brian Level 160 May 10, 2022 978-1779515254 [citation needed]
Batman: Reptilian Batman: Reptilian #1–6 HC Garth Ennis Liam Sharp 160 May 31, 2022 978-1779515339 [citation needed]
Suicide Squad: Get Joker! Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1–3 HC Brian Azzarello Alex Maleev 160 July 5, 2022 978-1779514257 [citation needed]
Human Target Vol. 1 Human Target #1–6 HC Tom King Greg Smallwood 192 September 13, 2022 978-1779516701 [citation needed]
Batman: One Dark Knight Batman: One Dark Knight #1–3 HC Jock 168 September 20, 2022 978-1779510280 [citation needed]
Rogues Rogues #1–4 HC Joshua Williamson Leomacs 208 October 4, 2022 [citation needed]
Refrigerator Full of Heads Refrigerator Full of Heads #1–6 HC Rio Youers Tom Fowler 160 October 18, 2022 [citation needed]
Catwoman: Lonely City Catwoman: Lonely City #1-4 HC Cliff Chiang 208 November 22, 2022 [citation needed]
Batman/Catwoman Batman/Catwoman #1–12 and Batman/Catwoman Special #1 HC Tom King Clay Mann 272 December 13, 2022 978-1779517074 [citation needed]
Suicide Squad: Blaze Suicide Squad: Blaze #1–3 HC Simon Spurrier Aaron Campbell 168 [citation needed]
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1-3 HC Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez
Gene Ha
Nicola Scott
232 June 6, 2023 978-1779521354 [citation needed]
Swamp Thing: Green Hell Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1-3 HC Jeff Lemire Doug Mahnke 152 August 1, 2023 978-1779517234 [citation needed]
Batman & Joker: The Deadly Duo Batman & Joker: The Deadly Duo #1-7 HC Marc Silvestri 208 September 12, 2023 978-1779523105 [citation needed]
Aquaman: Andromeda Aquaman: Andromeda #1-3 HC Ram V Christian Ward 176 November 21, 2023 978-1779517333 [citation needed]
Waller Vs. Wildstorm Waller Vs. Wildstorm #1-4 HC Spencer Ackerman
Evan Narcisse
Eric Battle 144 978-1779517517 [citation needed]

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