Since the story broke in USA Today, DC has put out a press release with more information on their new original digital comics, which you can read below, but the short version is that the Ame-Comi comics, in addition to being written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, will be drawn by the following artists:
Wonder Woman: Amanda Conner (Above), then Tony Akins
Batgirl: Sanford Green
Duela Dent: Ted Naifeh
Power Girl: Mike Bowden
Supergirl: Santi Casas
In addition, I ran into Palmiotti here at C2E2 and asked him about the project, and did voice my concerns. I’m not sure how much he is being allowed to talk about these comics yet, so I won’t give any details, but he did mention that how much the art resembled the statues depended on the artists, but storywise it would be much closer to their work on Power Girl. “We’re trying to keep it fun,” he emphasized, and the storylines he mentioned did sound very entertaining. He said it was something that might be aimed more at the teenaged girl audience, which would be great. So, we’ll see;
DC Women Kicking Ass also has a page of art from a story about a female Robin, the artist wasn’t ID’d.
On the heels of today’s SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #1 release, DC Comics announced the addition of two new digital first weekly titles, BATMAN digital and AME-COMI GIRLS. The addition of the two new digital titles brings the total of digital series that update weekly to five, meaning DC Comics will offer a new digital chapter every single day, Monday through Friday.
BATMAN digital, launching in June, will take place outside of DC Comics – The New 52 continuity and feature a series of stand-alone stories by various creators that chronicle different cases handled by The Dark Knight. Confirmed creative teams include Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire; Jonathan Larsen and JG Jones; Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott; Ales Kot and Ryan Sook; B. Clay Moore and Ben Templesmith; Steve Niles and Trevor Hairsine; Joe Harris and Jason Masters; TJ Fixman and Christopher Mitten; Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman; Joshua Hale Fialkov and Phil Hester; David Tischman and Chris Sprouse; and many more!
AME-COMI GIRLS, launching in May, is based on the best-selling product line from DC Collectibles that brings the distinct Japanese influence of anime and manga to DC Comics’ female heroines and their foes. In the new series, the heroines must unite to stop an invasion by the female Braniac, who is aided by a group of “bad girl” super villains. Initially, there will be five individual character arcs with multiple chapters, leading up to united, Ame-Comi girl series. All stories are written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with Wonder Woman art by Amanda Conner and Tony Akins, Batgirl art by Sanford Greene, Duela Dent art by Ted Naifeh, Power Girl art by Mike Bowden and Supergirl art by Santi Casas.
Starting in June, DC Comics’ weekly digital comic book line-up will be: Mondays: AME-COMI GIRLS Tuesdays: BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED Wednesdays: BEYOND series (alternating digital titles JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND, BATMAN BEYOND, SUPERMAN BEYOND) Thursdays: BATMAN digital Fridays: SMALLVILLE SEASON 11
“The addition of these new titles and the five-day-a-week digital first line-up reinforce DC Comics’ role as a digital leader,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment. “We’re producing high-quality, digital first content at affordable price-points attractive to readers new and existing. We’ve seen from our top-selling digital titles like BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED and the BEYOND series that these books remain very popular when collected in print form, too. In fact, both print issues of BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED have gone back to press within the week of their release.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.