Some of the most important moments in the DC Universe have usually been told from the perspective of a select few heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In the meantime, the world was filled with many other heroes that saw those same moments, but from a different point of view.
Enter award-winning screenwriter, John Ridley. You may know him from such films as 12 Years A Slave, Guerrilla, and American Crime. Today DC has announced that on November 24th his highly anticipated five-issue DC Black Label miniseries, The Other History of the DC Universe will finally hit comic book shops. Along with Ridley, the creative team includes artists Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli, Andrea Cucchi, and colorist Jose Villarrubia. The covers will be done by Camuncol, with Marco Mastrazzo, and Jamal Campbell. You can check out two amazing covers down below!
The Other History of the DC Universe will take readers on a journey through some of the most iconic moments in DC history. The difference is that it will reframe these moments and will now be explored through the perspective of DC Super Heroes representing traditionally disenfranchised groups. Specifically, the series will follow Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning; his daughter Anissa, also known as Thunder; Mal Duncan (Herald) and his wife, Karen Beecher (Bumblebee); Renee Montoya (The Question); and Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana).
Ridley is not new to comic book storytelling at DC. He wrote The Authority: Human on the Inside with Ben Oliver on art in 2004. Also, he wrote an issue of 2005’s The Razor’s Edge: Warblade series. He has also collaborated with artist Georges Jeanty on the limited series The American Way in 2006. It’s sequel The American Way: Those Above and Those Below in 2017.
“Following the American Way sequel, I was eager to tell a different story in the DC Universe. One that spotlights heroes who operate outside the prevailing culture,” said Ridley. “Considering the events of the last few months, I don’t think there has been a more urgent need to see the world through a variety of lenses and perspectives. I am deeply appreciative of DC, Cammo, and Andrea, and to all the artisans who have literally put years of work into these stories. I am so enthusiastic for the opportunity to share this series with both the longtime fans of the DCU and a new generation of readers who I hope will feel invited and encouraged to join in.”
“The opportunity to have John, Cammo, and Andrea tell this story couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Mark Doyle, DC Black Label executive editor. “Comic books have a proud history of being a reflection of the world around them. It only makes sense that includes the viewpoints and perspectives that show the diversity of the superhero experience. I think fans will be very pleased come November.”
DC is promising that this series will be like none other. We may think that we know the history of the DC Universe, but its true history is far more complex. “The Other History of the DC Universe isn’t about saving the world. It’s about having the strength to simply be who you are.”
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DC’s Black Label The Other History of the DC Universe debuts this November 24th in comic shops everywhere.
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