Part of a five-project deal including Superman: Year One.
DC Comics on Friday announced that Frank Miller has signed a deal to produce five new projects for the publisher, including the previously announced Superman: Year One, which will debut this summer as part of the new creator-driven DC Black Label line.
But the most compelling part of the announcement is that Miller’s bringing Carrie Kelley back — for a project aimed at young readers.
That’s … interesting.
Miller, of course, is one of the creators chiefly responsible for comics’ turn in the 1980s from all-ages fare to an industry at times obsessed with grim-and-gritty storytelling. (Then again, he did tell us awhile back that he loves toys made from his creations.)
The artist on the graphic novel is Ben Caldwell whose bright, cartoony style is perhaps the furthest from what you’d expect from a Miller book, so the juxtaposition is certainly eye-opening.
Carrie Kelley, of course, is Batman’s protégé from the Dark Knight Returns universe. She started out as Robin and later took on other costumed guises but given the context and these images, it appears this is some kind of Teen Wonder adventure.
The untitled project is probably slated for one of DC’s other new labels aimed at young readers – DC Ink or DC Zoom.
Miller don’t shiv, that’s for sure.