DC announces new original young adult graphic novels for Spring 2023

An upcoming line of DC young adult graphic novels for 2023 brings three new takes on fan favorite characters: Lois Lane, Harley Quinn and Static Shock.

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Next spring, DC will debut three new titles, with new takes on familiar characters. DC’s Young Adult line continues to expand what a Super Hero looks like, and what it means to be a friend, be yourself, and speak truth to power.

First up is a new story about the world’s most celebrated journalist before she became a world famous hard-hitting journalist.

Writer Sarah Kuhn (“From Little Tokyo, with Love”) returns to the DC Universe with “Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story.” With expressive and lively art by Arielle Jovellanos (“Black Star”), “Girl Taking Over” follows Lois, an ambitious small town girl tackling summer in the big city with gusto. Lois is excited about her internship, her cosmopolitan apartment, and the future she sees unfolding before her, only to find that things rarely go according to plan. 

When Lois uncovers a potentially explosive scandal, she must team up with the last person she’d expect to publish her own website for young women. And as Lois discovers who she really is and what she actually wants, she becomes embroiled in her own scandal that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard to create.

On sale April 4, 2023, “Girl Taking Over” is a charming young adult original graphic novel about finding the strength to embrace the messiness of life.

“Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story”
ISBN 9781779507778
Publishes 4/4/2023 
$16.99 US / $22.99 CAN.

Harleen Quinzel is many things, a gymnast, anxious, broke—but is it possible there is something else inside her? Something… evil?

In “The Strange Case of Harleen and Harley,” on sale May 2, 2023, New York Times Bestselling author Melissa Marr (“Wicked Lovely”) and celebrated artist Jenn St-Onge (“Bingo Love”) dive into the battle between good and evil and find they’re not black and white (and red).

When Harleen signs up to participate in a clinical research trial with her girlfriend, Pamela, the most she can hope for is extra cash in her wallet and a chance to get her anxiety under control. But what she gets instead are increasingly larger gaps in her memory and stolen mementos from some guy named Jack she’s never met. Soon, Harleen discovers she’s sharing her life with Harley—a take-no-prisoners, who-cares-about attendance, maybe-we-oughtta-save-the-bunnies kind of girl. She is the opposite of Harleen in many ways. She is anarchy in a cute dress. And in this Jekyll and Hyde story, Harleen discovers that maybe evil ain’t so bad—as long as she doesn’t get caught.

“The Strange Case of Harleen and Harley”
ISBN 9781779507778
$16.99 US / $22.99 CAN.

Finally, on sale June 6, 2023, Static, Milestone’s most popular super hero, makes his graphic novel debut in “Static: Up All Night.” Written by two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles (“Not So Pure And Simple”) with art by Eisner Award-winning Paris Alleyne (“The All-Nighter”), Static—AKA Virgil Hawkins—discovers that even Super Hero abilities can’t mend a broken heart.

Virgil Hawkins has just gone through a bad break up. He can’t get over his ex, so his best friend Richie has an idea for how to distract him: attend a music festival in their city of Dakota. But wouldn’t you know it—his ex is in attendance. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles.

In this madcap story of one night, a series of encounters and events leads to an adventure involving Super-Villains, a diner, a reluctant rapper, and a size-changing kleptomaniac, as well as Virgil’s frequent bad decision making. The roster features some familiar faces from both the Dakotaverse and the “Static Shock” animated series in a coming of age tale about the cost of being a hero, and what’s possible when you have friends you can count on.

“Static: Up All Night”
ISBN 9781779510518
$16.99 US / $22.99 CAN.

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