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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dc_black_label.jpg]] ˛%% [[caption-width-right:350:some caption text]]˛˛'''Black Label''' is an imprint of Creator/DCComics.˛˛Black Label focuses (but not exclusively) on {{elseworld}} and out-of-continuity stories about some of Franchise/TheDCU's most popular characters, written and drawn by prominent creators in comics. ˛˛Most of these are new titles original to the imprint, but reprints of older stories that fit the Black Label ethos (e.g. ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'') are also included in the line.˛˛The first wave of Black Label titles began in Fall 2018, with ''Batman: Damned'' (by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo) serving as its inaugural release, while 2017's ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight'' was folded into the imprint with its first graphic novel printing.˛˛With the closure of [[Creator/DCVertigo Vertigo]] in 2019, it was announced that the few remaining Vertigo titles would be transferring over to Black Label, with the imprint being retooled slightly as the home for all DC's mature readers material, probably including Vertigo reprints being given Black Label trade dress.˛˛Following the DC layoffs of 2020- which notably included both major editors from Black Label- the company announced plans to significantly scale back the imprint, shifting its focus from new books to reprinting older stories like ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke.'' This is in line with DC editorial's stated goals to make their overall output [[LighterAndSofter more family-friendly]] and more aligned with the "franchise brand" in 2021.˛˛! DC Black Label˛!!! '''Comic Books''' [[note]]First-run, prestige format; published (bi)monthly[[/note]]˛[[index]]˛* ''ComicBook/BatmanCurseOfTheWhiteKnight'' -- A direct sequel to ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight'', which was the most recently released graphic novel to be retroactively folded into the label. Written and drawn by Sean Gordon Murphy.˛* ''ComicBook/BatmanDamned'' -- When Joker's dead body is recovered, Batman journeys through a Gotham City hellscape with ComicBook/JohnConstantine to uncover the killer's identity. Written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Lee Bermejo.˛* ''ComicBook/BatmanLastKnightOnEarth'' -- Billed as "the last Batman story ever told," Batman wakes up in post-apocalyptic tale where the villains have won. Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo.˛* ''ComicBook/BatmanThreeJokers'' -- Picking up on the ComicBook/DCRebirth revelation that there have been three different [[ComicBook/TheJoker Jokers]] throughout history. Written by Creator/GeoffJohns and drawn by Jason Fabok.[[index]]˛* ''The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child'' --[[/index]] The fourth chapter of Creator/FrankMiller's iconic ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' saga, in which Lara Kent and Carrie Kelly, the new Batgirl and Supergirl, dealing with Lara's younger brother, Jonathan Kent, as he comes into his immense power, which could have catastrophic repercussions. Written by Creator/FrankMiller and drawn by Rafael Grampa.[[index]] ˛* ''The Fellspyre Chronicles'' -- [[/index]] An original heavily dark HighFantasy saga and set around the kingdom of Fellspyre in the fantastical realm of Cain Anuun.˛** ''The Last God'' -- The first book, taking place 30 years after a band of heroes had supposedly killed the last living god, Mol Uhltep, an eldritch creature who's kind once plagued and ravaged the lands. However, it would seem the legends lie as the supposedly dead Mol Uhltep makes a chilling return, bent on gruesome revenge. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and drawn by Riccardo Federci and Sunny Gho with Dean White.˛*** ''The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages'' -- A {{sourcebook}} detailing the setting for use with 5th edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.˛*** ''The Last God: Songs of Lost Children'' -- One shot showing the journey of Queen Cyanthe from innocent girl to warrior.[[index]]˛* ''ComicBook/{{Harleen}}'' -- A BroadStrokes interpretation of ComicBook/HarleyQuinn's origins. Written and drawn by Creator/StjepanSejic based on his popular fanart series of the same name.˛* Creator/HillHouseComics -- A sub-imprint of HorrorComicBooks curated by Creator/JoeHill.˛* ''Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity'' -- [[/index]]A SerialKiller plagues Gotham City and profiler Harley Quinn is brought in to help apprehend him. Written by Kami Garcia and drawn by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew.[[index]]˛* ''Joker: Killer Smile'' -- [[/index]]The Joker has a fateful encounter with a mental health professional...who is ''not'' Harley Quinn. Written by Creator/JeffLemire and drawn by Andrea Sorrentino.[[index]]˛* ''The Other History of the DC Universe'' -- [[/index]]A "literary" recounting of [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] history that focuses on characters from marginalized groups. Written by John Ridley with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi ˛* ''The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage'' -- ComicBook/TheQuestion discovers that he's been the subject of reincarnation since at least TheThirties and seeks to investigate. Written by Creator/JeffLemire, drawn by Denys Cowan and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz.˛* ''ComicBook/StrangeAdventures2020'' -- ComicBook/AdamStrange's post-space war life turns sideways when an angry man gets killed.˛* ''Superman: Year One'' -- [[/index]]A retelling of Superman's origin story. Written by Creator/FrankMiller and drawn by John Romita Jr.[[index]]˛* ''Wonder Woman: Dead Earth'' -- Diana awakens from a centuries long sleep to discover that the world of man has been ravaged by nuclear war, and it's up to her to defend the last remnants of humanity from the grotesque monsters that roam the wastelands. Written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson.˛* ''Wonder Woman: Diana's Daughter'' -- [[/index]]Twenty years after superheroes have been phased out of society, a young woman rises to become a new beacon of hope for the world. Written by Creator/GregRucka and drawn by TBA. Shelved indefintely in an interview given by Rucka.˛[[index]]˛* ''Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons'' -- [[/index]]A "Creator/{{Homer}}ic" epic about the history of Queen Hippolyta and the Amazons, before Steve Trevor washed up ashore on Themyscira. Written by Creator/KellySueDeConnick and drawn by Phil Jimenez.[[index]]˛[[/index]]˛˛!!! '''Graphic Novels''' [[note]]Reprinted editions of older stories, with the Black Label branding[[/note]]˛[[index]]˛* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''˛* ''ComicBook/BatmanWhiteKnight''˛* ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier''˛* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''˛* ''ComicBook/{{Ronin}}''˛* ''[[ComicBook/TheHiketeia Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia]]''˛[[/index]]˛----˛!! DC Black Label provides examples of:˛* BroadStrokes: The name of the game with the Black Label is to tell out-of-continuity stories, but not necessarily so out there to be considered {{Elseworlds}}.˛* CanonDiscontinuity: WordOfGod has confirmed that some of the titles were originally pitched as in-canon storylines but were folded into Black Label to allow more breathing room continuity-wise.˛* HotterAndSexier: The line has been know to get more steamy than the regular books when it wants.˛* PrecisionFStrike: ˛** The imprint is a bit more lenient on foul language, as ''Batman: Damned'' and ''Last Knight on Earth'' has Batman and Joker respectively say "shit."˛** ''Harleen'' freely throws around "fuck" whenever it feels like it.˛* {{Retool}}: Black Label was retooled twice in its first two years. It was initially pitched as an imprint for creator-driven, out-of-continuity books. Then standalone, but in-continuity stories like ''Three Jokers'' were announced as being published under the Black Label imprint. And then, with the shuttering of Vertigo, it was announced that both former Vertigo books and standalone graphic novels would be reprinted in Black Label trade dress too. ˛* SpiritualSuccessor:˛** To the defunct Elseworlds imprint. And following its official retirement, the Creator/{{Vertigo}} imprint, from which some titles will emigrate to the Black Label such as ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire''.˛** ''Superman: Year One'' by Frank Miller also seems to be one for his own ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', though unlike that story, it is an AlternateContinuity set in the universe of ''The Dark Knight Returns''.˛----

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