The DC Comics Black Label is a brand new imprint intended to cater to a more mature audience. So, sort of like Marvel’s MAX imprint. It’s got full blown nudity, violence, and other mature themes. Sounds like it’ll allow full creative freedom for writers. It’s unfortunate that they the hype for the imprint’s first work is not an interesting story idea. It’s Bat dick…and no, I don’t mean Dick Grayson.
That’s right. In a surge of marketing brilliance, the great minds behind this new imprint decided that the very first thing they should lead with to promote their new line is a shadowed image of naked Bruce Wayne’s penis. And it goes full blown ironic that in an age when the comics industry is constantly wagging its finger at sexy female superheroes and chastising men for their “male gaze” because it “dehumanizes women” and that everyone should be treated like “people” – they decide that the tip of the Black Label iceberg should also be the tip of Bruce Wayne’s little Bruce.
Other original comics set to be printed under this label are:
- Superman: Year One
- The Other History of the DC Universe
- Batman: The Last Knight on Earth
- Batman: Three Jokers
But DC seems to have decided that their Black Label should become their new version of their old Vertigo imprint since they handed Vertigo to the SJW weirdos. So they’ve decided to transfer several other titles previously released under different labels. It’s like they’re trying to keep their good stuff here while letting the SJWs run rampant everywhere else.
Other titles include:
- Batman: White Knight
- All-Star Superman
- DC: The New Frontier
- Kingdom Come
- Frank Miller’s Ronin (which inspired Samurai Jack)
Recently, DC announced that they were adding even more of their classics to the list, kind of bolstering the theory of taking all their good stuff elsewhere. Why does this feel like DC Comics is packing supplied into an escape boat before the ship starts to sink?
- WATCHMEN (HC w/new slipcase)—Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons—available 3/26/2019
- KINGDOM COME—Mark Waid & Alex Ross—available 4/23/2019
- RONIN—Frank Miller & Lynn Varley— available 5/07/2019
- ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER VOL. 1—Miller & Jim Lee and BATMAN: YEAR ONE—Miller & David Mazzucchelli—available 6/11/2019
- BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN—Miller—BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS—Miller & Klaus Janson—available 6/18/2019
- BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: THE MASTER RACE—Miller & Brian Azzarello & Andy Kubert & Janson—available 6/25/2019
- LUTHOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and THE JOKER 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION —Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
- BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM—Morrison & Dave McKean—available 8/13/2019
- THE JOKER: DELUXE EDITION—Azzarello & Bermejo—available 9/10/2019
- BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE—Moore & Brian Bolland—available 9/17/2019
- WATCHMEN (TP)—Moore & Gibbons—available 9/24/2019
- BATMAN: YEAR 100—Paul Pope—available 10/08/2019
- SUPERMAN: RED SON—Mark Millar & Dave Johnson & Andrew Robinson & Killian Plunkett & Walden Wong—available 10/22/2019
- BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/05/2019
- BLACK ORCHID—Neil Gaiman & McKean—11/12/2019
- BATMAN: DARK VICTORY—Loeb & Sale—11/26/2019
- BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT—Loeb & Sale—12/17/2019
- CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME—Loeb & Sale—12/31/2019
Anyway, the new imprint is interesting – although a little puzzling. DC’s Vertigo imprint was already their adult parallel to Marvel’s MAX imprint. Why are they really making this new one just to do the same thing?
Just food for thought.