DC Entertainment will this spring launch DC Ink and DC Zoom – imprints for YA and MG graphic novels – in the UK.
Michelle R Wells, vice president of content strategy at DC said: “While the books will star popular DC characters, the stories will not necessarily fit the typical "superhero" storytelling mold. We'll see many of these superheroes and original characters as relatable middle school and high schoolers, dealing with the typical struggles and real world issues that young people face today.
“I hope that all readers find in these stories a reflection of themselves, either as they are, or as they hope to be. The stories we're publishing in DC Ink and DC Zoom are varied, diverse and unique, but the one thing readers will find to be true across the board is that they are all, at the end of the day, stories of what it means to be a hero.”
DC Zoom, for readers aged 8-12, will launch in April with Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez. Later titles in the year will include DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (out in May), and Black Canary: Ignite, written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee (October).
DC Ink, for readers aged 13+, will also launch in April with Mera: Tidebreaker (April 2019), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne. That title will be followed by Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale, written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, in May, then Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (June 2019), written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh, in June.
The books are published in the US by Penguin Random House US and will be distributed in the UK by Publishers Group.