DC Comics Announce Two New Projects From John Ridley And Tom King

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For those of you who have pay attention to comics, DC has made some very interesting announcements about two upcoming projects by prolific writers.

On Friday, it was announced that John Ridley, who created American Crime and won the Oscar for the screenplay of 12 Years A Slave, will write a new series called The Other History of the DC Universe. The series will explore issues typically ignored in superhero comics by examining them through the lens of those traditionally disenfranchised in society.

Characters involved in the project will include John Stewart, Vixen, Katana, Renee Montoya, and, DC’s answer to Dr. Strange, Extrano.

On the project, Ridley said: “I’m very impressed with DC’s commitment to making their history as reverent and urgent as it is engaging and entertaining for all its many fans.”

In addition to Ridley’s project, writer Tom King (Mister Miracle, Batman) also announced a project exploring the trauma experienced by superheroes, Sanctuary.

King announced it at the DC in D.C. event that was held this past weekend. He talked about during the “Aftermath: Battle and Trauma in Comics”. Currently, Sanctuary remains in the development stages, but King still had a lot to say about it.

“The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart — and we also have a group of superheroes, the trinity [Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman], who care about these other heroes. They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger.”

Sanctuary, in the DCU, is not a person but a place. Apparently, it functions more like a veteran crisis center.

According to King, Sanctuary is a place heroes can go to “talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you, and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you.”

King have also explored trauma in the two other series he is writing for DC, Mister Miracle and Batman. 

Currently, both projects do not have a release date or an artist.

Bec Heim