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DC Ink is a DC Comics imprint focusing on a teenage and young adult audience. Similar to its kids-oriented counterpart, DC Zoom, the imprint publishes original graphic novels, instead of single issues, and has invited many accomplished writers of prose books for the target demographic, most of which make their first foray into comics. The titles focus on either telling completely new interpretations of well-known DC heroes as teenagers or retelling the origin stories of the company B and C-List characters. Stories published under DC Ink are independent both main DC Universe as well as each other. The imprint has been announced in 2018 with first title launching in March 2019.


Titles announced under DC Ink:

  • Batman: Nightwalker - written by Stuart Moore (Strangers in Paradise) and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose, an adaptation of Marie Lu novel of the same name.
  • Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival - written by Michael Moreci (Roche Limit) and illustrated by TBA.
  • Gotham High - written by Melissa De La Cruz (Witches of East End) and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli. 17 years old Bruce Wayne, best known at school for throwing huge parties he doesn't even really like to engage in, has one true friend - Jack Smith. However, their friendship as about to end when they both meet a girl named Selina Kyle.
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass - written by Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super) and illustrated by Steve Pugh (The Flintstones). Ever since Harleen's parents split, her only family has been MAMA, owner of drag queen cabaret above which the girl has her apartment. When the cabaret falls victim to gentrification, Harleen is faced with two ways to save it - with the help of a political activist Ivy or a Bomb Throwing Anarchist the Joker.
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  • Mera:Tidebreaker - written by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and illustrated by Stephen Byrne (Justice League/Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers). Teenage Princess Mera of Xebel, an underwater kingdom under the oppressive rule of Atlantis, travels to the surface with a mission to free her people and save her from an Arranged Marriage - by assassinating heir of Atlantis' throne, Arthur Curry. But things get complicated once she falls in love with him.
  • Oracle Rising - written by Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends) and illustrated by TBA. A retelling of Barbara Gordon transition from Batgirl to Oracle following her being paralyzed in the aftermath of The Killing Joke
  • Shadow of the Batgirl - written by Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Trilogy) and illustrated by TBA. Described as a "dark coming of age story" it is a retelling of the origins of Cassandra Cain as she takes the mantle of Batgirl.
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  • Teen Titans: Raven - written by Kami Garcia (The Caster Chronicles) and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo. After losing her mother and her memory in a car accident, Rachel Roth moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother. When strange things start happening all around her, she will have to rely on her foster sister and new friends to discover the truth about who she was in previous life.
  • Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story - written by Alex Sanchez (The Rainbow Trilogy) and illustrated by TBA. A story focusing on Jackson Hyde, the sidekick of Aquaman but also the son of his greatest enemy, Black Manta.
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale - written by Lauren Myracle (The TTYL Series) and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart. When 15 years old Selina Kyle becomes homeless, she will have to learn fast to become tough if she wants to survive on the streets.
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed - written by Laurie Hasle Anderson (Speak) and illustrated by TBA. When 15 years old Diana tries to help a group of refugees, she suddenly finds herself shipwrecked and lost in a strange land. To come back to the Paradise Island she will have to face both drug smugglers and human traffickers.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer - written by Louise Simmonson (X-Factor) and illustrated by TBA, an adaptation of Leigh Bardugo novel of the same name.

Tropes You Can Find in DC Ink Titles:

  • Age Lift: A lot of the titles make the characters into teenagers and have them interact with people they only meet as adults in most continuities.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Arthur is dark-haired instead of his usual blonde in Tidebreaker. One would expect DC to go for full-on Race Lift to capitalize on the movie but they decided to stop on hair.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • Adaptational Heroism\Adaptational Nice Guy: Joker in both Gotham High and Breaking Glass by the virtue of neither version being as bad as the main continuity version. Same goes for Ivy in Breaking Glass as she is a peaceful political activist, instead of an eco-terrorist.
  • Composite Character: Joker in Breaking Glass is a well-intentioned Bomb Throwing Anarchist, giving him elements of another DC character, ironically often teased to be Joker's son, Anarky.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: A common theme in multiple titles.
  • Darker and Edgier: Shadow of the Batgirl is marketed as a dark take on Coming-of-Age Story
  • Decomposite Character: Instead of Steve Trevor, in Tempest Tossed Diana is aided by two agents named Steve and Trevor.
  • Elseworld: All of the stories are standalone and out of continuity, either retelling known origin stories with Broad Strokes approach (Tidebreaker) or completely revamping the characters for new tales (Breaking Glass, Under The Moon, Gotham High).
  • High School A.U.: The premise of Gotham High is to have Batman and all his Rogues Gallery members as normal teenagers attending the same school.
  • In Love with the Mark: In Tidebreaker Mera ventured to the surface to kill Arthur but instead they begin dating and she falls in love with him.
  • Lighter and Softer: Overall when compared to main DC titles.
  • Love Triangle: Quite common in multiple books.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Gabriel Picolo is a huge fan of Teen Titans. In fact, it was his fanart, inspired by 2003 cartoon that got him noticed by DC and landed him the job on Raven.
  • Race Lift: In Gotham High Bruce Wayne is half-Chinese and Selina Kyle is a Latina.
  • Recycled Premise: It is not the first time DC tried to put Batman and his villains in a high school setting, previously they tried to make an animated series based on that idea not once, but twice. The first attempt morphed into Batman Beyond and second never made it past few pieces of concept art.
  • Start of Darkness\Super Hero Origin: A lot of the titles are retellings of the origin stories of various heroes or villains or tell a new tales of their beginnings. Under the Moon solicit even refers to Selina as the girl who will grow up to be Catwoman and writer of Gotham High calls Jack the future Joker.

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