DC Comics To Tell The OTHER History of Its Minority Heroes

It's going to get in the heads of various diverse DC heroes and see how being a superpowered individual of color is like.

DC Comics has enlisted Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to helm an ambitious new project that offers a more racially and politically charged look at the history of the DC Universe. DC's press release states that the series will "analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups".

The series will feature characters ranging from John Stewart, Vixen, Supergirl, and Katana, to lesser known characters such as Renee Montoya and Extraño of the Global Guardians. The format and number of issues has not been revealed, but DC has dubbed it a "prestige comic book miniseries". The series focuses on the person rather than the heroic alter-ego, and explores how they work to overcome real-world issues. If you're there, make sure you catch the panel he's a part of - "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens".

"I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who've earned their seat at the table", Ridley said in a statement from the publisher. Ridley is now working on The American Way: Those Above and Those Below miniseries for Vertigo.

The new miniseries is slated to launch in winter 2018 [summer in Australia], following Ridley's current run at Vertigo with THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW. A live stream of the panel will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on DC's YouTube channel. "The Other History of the DC Universe isn't about saving the world, it's about having the strength to simply be who you are".

DC Comics has not announced an artist or a release date for The Other History of the DC Universe, though it is "slated to launch in winter 2018", once The American Way: Those Above and Below comes to an end on January 31.