‘The Other History Of The DC Universe’ Scheduled For November

by Olly MacNamee

The Other History of the DC Universe has had an interesting gestation. First it was on, then it was off, and now it’s back on again with the first in a five issue mini-series finally seeing light fo day on Tuesday November 24th through their DC Black Label imprint. Written by award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Guerrilla, American Crime), with art from Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli, Andrea Cucchi, and colors from José Villarrubia.
I wonder if the Black Lives Matter movement had anything to do with this change of heart from DC Comics? Whatever the reason, here’s Ridley’s own take on this news:
“I was eager to tell a different story in the DC Universe, one that spotlights heroes who operate outside the prevailing culture. Considering the events of the last few months, I don’t think there has been a more urgent need to see the world through a variety of lenses and perspectives. I am deeply appreciative of DC, Cammo, and Andrea, and to all the artisans who have literally put years of work into these stories. I am so enthusiastic for the opportunity to share this series with both the longtime fans of the DCU and a new generation of readers who I hope will feel invited and encouraged to join in.”
And, if you’re still in the dark about want this series will be all about, here’s a quick summary to bring you up to date:

“This five-issue series reframes iconic moments from DC history, exploring them through the eyes of DC Super Heroes representing traditionally disenfranchised groups. The series centers around the perspectives of Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning; his daughter Anissa, also known as Thunder; Mal Duncan (Herald) and his wife, Karen Beecher (Bumblebee); Renee Montoya (the Question); and Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana).”
A chance to see the DCU’s history recounted but from the point of view of characters often sharing a very different experience, and therefore, world view of the DCU.

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