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

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]

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 books

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]

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1–3 May 29, 2019December 18, 2019 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo [6]
Superman: Year One #1–3 June 19, 2019October 16, 2019 Frank Miller John Romita Jr. [7]
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1–8 July 24, 2019March 25, 2020 Sean Murphy [8]
Harleen #1–3 September 25, 2019December 18, 2019 Stjepan Šejić [9]
Joker: Killer Smile #1–3 October 30, 2019February 19, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino [10]
Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1 November 20, 2019 Sean Murphy Klaus Janson
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 December 11, 2019 Frank Miller Rafael Grampá [11]
Birds of Prey #1 June 2, 2020 Brian Azzarello Emanuela Lupacchino [12]
The Last God: Sourcebook #1 June 2, 2020 Phillip Kennedy Johnson Riccardo Federici [13]
Batman: The Smile Killer #1 June 24, 2020 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity - Secret Files #1 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 #1–4 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
Publishing
Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1–9 October 9, 2019 – TBD Kami Garcia Mike Mayhew
Mico Suayan
[19]
Strange Adventures #1–12 March 4, 2020 – TBD Tom King Mitch Gerads
Evan "Doc" Shaner
[20]
American Vampire 1976 #1–9 October 6, 2020 – TBD Scott Snyder Rafael Albuquerque [21]
Rorschach #1–12 October 13, 2020 – TBD Tom King Jorge Fornés [22]
Sweet Tooth: The Return #1–6 November 3, 2020 – TBD Jeff Lemire
The Other History of the DC Universe #1–5 November 24, 2020 – TBD John Ridley Giuseppe Camuncoli [23]
Batman/Catwoman #1–12 December 1, 2020 – TBD Tom King Clay Mann [24]
Upcoming
The Nice House on the Lake #1-12 June 1, 2021 – TBD James Tynion IV Álvaro Martínez Bueno [25]
Batman: Reptilian #1-6 June 22, 2021 – TBD Garth Ennis Liam Sharp [26]
Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons TBD Kelly Sue DeConnick Phil Jimenez [27]
Unproduced
Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo limited series TBD Marc Silvestri [28]
Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter limited series TBD Greg Rucka [27]
Batman: Beyond the White Knight limited series TBD Sean Murphy [29]

Black Label lines

The Sandman Universe

Main article: The Sandman Universe

In August 2018, The Sandman Universe was announced by creator Neil Gaiman and would be published under DC Vertigo. In June 2019, DC announced that they would be closing down DC 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 Comics

Main article: 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 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.[30]

Hill House Comics
Title Issues Publication date Writer Artist Ref.
Released
Basketful of Heads #1–7 October 30, 2019May 27, 2020 Joe Hill Leomacs [31]
The Dollhouse Family #1–6 November 13, 2019May 20, 2020 Mike Carey Peter Gross
Vince Locke
The Low, Low, Woods #1–6 December 18, 2019June 23, 2020 Carmen Maria Machado Dani
Daphne Byrne #1–6 January 8, 2020June 10, 2020 Laura Marks Kelley Jones
Plunge #1–6 February 19, 2020August 25, 2020 Joe Hill Jeremy Wilson

The Murphyverse

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.
Upcoming
Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1–6 October 20, 2020March 23, 2021 Katana Collins
Sean Murphy
Matteo Scalera
Dave Stewart
[32]
Nightwing[a] TBD TBD TBD TBD [33]
Batgirl[a]
  1. ^ a b name not final

Collected editions

Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight was originally released as a regular DC Universe 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 TP 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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