On Wednesday DC Comics will be launching their latest imprint – Wonder Comics. Read on to find out more about what it is and the new series that are part of it.
What Is Wonder Comics?
Wonder Comics is DC Comics’ latest imprint, which focuses on teen heroes. The line will consist of four comics, at least
The whole imprint is has been curated by Brian Michael Bendis, who will be writing the headlining Young Justice and co-writing another title.
Who Is Brian Michael Bendis, And Why Is He A Big Deal?
Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with Brian Michael Bendis. I can easily explain why he’s a big deal in comics and for the Wonder Comics imprint.
Bendis has spent a significant time of his career at Marvel Comics as their biggest writer. During this time, we wrote long runs for Ultimate Spider-Man (starring a younger Peter Parker), Avengers, the X-Men, and many more. During this time he also created many teen heroes, including Miles Morales and Riri Williams.
As of 2018, Bendis has begun to work exclusively at DC Comics where he has written both Superman comics to great acclaim.
With his track record with teen heroes, having Bendis curate a who line of them is quite exciting and it will be very interesting to see where the stories go.
Are The Comics Part of DC Comics Continuity?
Yes! In a recent Instagram post, Bendis confirmed that the Wonder Comics series are within DC Comics continuity.
It may be that some of these stories are set in their own little corner of the DC Universe, but they’ve certainly not been relegated to their own Earth.
Which Comics Are Involved?
To begin with, there are four comics as part of the Wonder Comics imprint. These are…
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and Patrick Gleason. Art by Patrick Gleason.
The much loved Young Justice team is back and is littered with fan-favourite and new characters. The team will be made up of Superboy (Conner Kent), Wonder Girl, Robin (Tim Drake), Impulse (Bart Allen), Amethyst, Jennie Hex, and Teen Lantern.
In their first adventure, the reunited team must reunite to stop the perilous Gemworld dimension from invading Metropolis.
With Brian Michael Bendis’ experience with teen heroes (he co-created Miles Morales and Riri Williams) and superhero teams (with long runs on the Avengers and X-Men), Young Justice should be a heap of fun.
Quick note: DC has an animated series called Young Justice that you might’ve seen before. This show is not required watching in order to understand this new comic book series.
Young Justice #1 is available on January 9th, 2019.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David Walker. Art by Jamal Campbell.
Who is Naomi? I’m not sure, but we’re going to find out together in an adventure that takes us all around the DC Universe!
When her small Northwestern town is visited by a battle between Superman and Mongul, Naomi is inspired to head on a quest to discover the secrets of what happened last time a super-powered person visited her town. How to do they tie in with her and her adoption? We’ll have to read to find out!
If you love a bit of mystery, then this comic should be on your radar.
Naomi #1 is available on January 23rd, 2019.
Written by Mark Russell. Art by Stephen Byrne.
Life can be hard as a teen, but it’s even harder when you have been exiled from your home planet. While attending South Metropolis High School, the brother-sister hero duo must juggle school life, interning at the Hall of Justice, and the bizarre events that life throws at them.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the Wonder Twins. While they have been occasionally used in comics, they’re best known for being in the classically camp Super Friends cartoon.
Wonder Twins was originally a 6-part miniseries but was extended to 12 issues based on sales and fan acclaim.
Wonder Twins #1 is available February 13th, 2019.
Dial H For Hero
Written by Sam Humphries. Art by Joe Quinones.
Meet Miguel, the latest wielder of the Hero Dial! What’s the Hero Dial, you ask? It’s a special rotary phone-like device that when you dial H-E-R-O on it gives the user special powers for one hour!
How will a teen daredevil such as Miguel handle the responsibility of the Hero Dial? You’ll have to read to find out!
Dial H For Hero was originally a 6-part miniseries but was extended to 12 issues based on sales and fan acclaim.
Dial H For Hero #1 is available March 27th, 2019.
Written and art by Amy Reeder.
Spinning out of Young Justice is a 6-part miniseries starring Amethyst! This series is a modern take on DC’s fantasy classic, which was described at New York Comic Con as “a psychedelic dreamland.”
For those unfamiliar with Amethyst, this teen fantasy series focuses on the adventures of the princess of Gemworld. As a franchise, DC hasn’t done a whole lot with it since the 1980s, so it’s nice to see it return with a modern take on it.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read any prior Amethyst as this miniseries will be made to be a good jumping-on point.
Amethyst #1 (of 6) will be available from February 2020.