DC Announces New YA & Other Graphic Novels at ALA Annual


During as Book Buzz panel at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual convention last week in Washington D.C., DC announced plans to expand its Books for Young Readers program with an extensive new graphic novel slate geared toward young adults and middle grade readers. The new titles revealed today are scheduled to debut from 2020 through 2021 and feature stories starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more of DC’s most iconic characters, written and illustrated by some of the biggest names in the young adult (YA) and middle grade publishing space.

As standalone stories, DC’s YA and middle grade graphic novels are not part of DC’s ongoing comic book continuity and completely accessible to new fans. DC’s YA titles feature thought-provoking stories for readers ages 13 and up that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs. DC’s middle grade graphic novels are geared toward readers ages 8-12 and tell stories focused on friends, family, and growing up.

DC also announced on-sale dates and gave panel attendees a first look at covers and synopses for several middle grade and YA titles debuting in spring 2020. The above image gallery features artwork for spring 2020 middle grade titles by artists Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME), Yoshi Yoshitani (ZATANNA & THE HOUSE OF SECRETS), Marcelo DiChiara (BATMAN: OVERDRIVE), Agnes Garbowska (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: POWERLESS), Art Baltazar (ARKHAMANIACS), and Dustin Hansen (MY VIDEO GAME ATE MY HOMEWORK).


For a current list of titles and creative teams slated to hit stores in 2020 and 2021, see below.

Spring 2020 Lineup

  • Young Adult Titles
    • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Written by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Kit Seaton (January 2020)
    • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
    • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)
    • Shadow of the Batgirl – Written by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux (April 2020)
    • Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel – Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge (May 2020)


  • Middle Grade Titles
    • Diana: Princess of the Amazons – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying (January 2020)
    • Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)
    • Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime—Written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen             (February 2020)
    • Zatanna & the House of Secrets – Written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani (February 2020)
    • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
    • DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless – Written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (March 2020)
    • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
    • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
    • My Video Game Ate My Homework – Written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen (May 2020)


Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

    • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
      • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
      • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
      • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
      • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
      • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
      • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
      • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem
      • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
      • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
      • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
      • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
      • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
      • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon


  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm


Mandy Parker

From a long line, family of geeks, author of several unpublished geek girl books, writer for @BleedingFool. Recovering Game of Thrones fan, life-time Tolkien fan.