As the comic worlds on TV and in movies begin heading towards some of their more twisty moments, the books themselves find new facets to explore that either show superheroes in a novel light or eschew them all together. Three new books on their way all have creative ways of handling played topics.
First up is the most traditional - but also features the biggest departure. According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Ridley’s The Other History of the DC Universe won’t be a comic at all. The five-issue series from the Oscar-winning writer focuses on minority heroes of all kinds, but will in fact be works of prose with illustration rather than panels. Each issue tackles a different central hero with a different artist at the helm. Issue one? Black Lightning.
Jefferson Pierce’s evolution from athlete to teacher to hero will be illustrated by Alex Dos Diaz, echoing other meta-projects from DC like those looking to solidify its universe’s timeline. The DC Black Label book aims to expand the stories of historically disenfranchised groups through characters belonging to them - like Suicide Squad’s Katana and Renee Montoya, both upcoming features.
The Other History of the DC Universe hits stores and digital on Jan. 30.
Next up is Wyrd, which The Hollywood Reporter writes is also out on Jan. 30. The Dark Horse comic - from Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso, with Stefano Simeone doing colors - will be four issues about Pitor Wyrd, an otherworldly detective whose refusal to age is only matched by his mercenary nature.
The series is described as "James Bond meets The X-Files," which honestly sounds a lot like a more confident version of Constantine. We’ll find out more when the book launches and we collect all the variant covers from artists like Jeff Lemire, Rafael Albuquerque, Gabriele Dell’Otto and Danijel Zezelj.
Finally, The Beat reports that a video game-to-comic adaptation on its way will be expanding the story from its source. Tom Clancy’s The Division is getting an adaptation from Dark Horse Comics called Extremis Malis, pushing its post-apocalyptic, diseased NYC further into the future. The multiplayer squad-based shooter attempts to marry RPG and third-person shooter elements into a story about a smallpox epidemic. Now, in the comic supplement to the game’s upcoming sequel, Division Agent Caleb Dunn must avenge the death of his partner.
Writer Christofer Emgård joins artist Fernando Baldó and colorist Michael Atiyeh to help gamers and comic fans alike discover who the woman was that took Dunn’s partner. Tom Clancy’s The Division: Extremis Malis #1 hits stores on Jan. 9.