DC Comics has signed a five project deal with writer/artist Frank Miller.
The first of those five projects is Superman: Year One, a previously announced project drawn by John Romita, Jr. that will be published through DC’s recently announced Black Label imprint.
A second story, a collaboration with artist Ben Caldwell, is an original graphic novel starring The Dark Knight Returns’ Carrie Kelly.
“Frank is a creative force in this industry, not just with a transformative take on iconic characters like Superman and Batman, but also by tackling the young reader genre,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio in a statement. “He is an icon. As a publisher, I’m thrilled - as a fan, I’m even more excited.”
“Frank Miller is an absolute visionary,” added DC Publisher Jim Lee. “He continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, and I can’t wait for a new generation of fans to meet Carrie Kelley. Joining Frank as collaborator on Carrie Kelley is one of my favorite artists - Ben Caldwell, a singular talent who brings his stylized, clean line and rock solid, playful storytelling to this project. We couldn’t ask for a better creative team.”
“I am psyched to continue my partnership with DC,” said Miller. “Developing the Carrie Kelley project and Superman: Year One with Dan and Jim has been a dream. It’s thrilling to have Carrie Kelley take center stage for the first time, and the energy that Ben is bringing to her is new and different—it’s incredible to see. It’s also a lot of fun working alongside John on Superman: Year One, this project is a childhood dream come true for me.”
The three other projects to be created as part of the deal have not been announced.