DC Comics to launch two new imprints aimed at younger readers, DC Zoom geared towards middle school readers, and DC Ink meant for young adult readers.

Though a few of the graphic novels will have creators who are already working in the comic book industry, the majority of the writers are a Who’s Who of popular novelists for young readers.

The first two DC Ink books will focus on Harley Quinn and Mera (separately, not as a team-up). DC Zoom’s first book will be DC Super Hero Girls: Search for Atlantis by Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat, who have done other work for that property. Plus, there’s going to be a book by Gene Luen Yang titled Superman Smashes the Klan. (How timely!)

They’re going to focus on girls — “If you look at readership in middle grade and Y.A. in general, you’ll see a swing on the side of female readers,” said Michele Wells, the vice president for content strategy at DC — and on character work instead of superheroing.

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DC Comics to launch two new imprints aimed at younger readers, DC Zoom geared towards middle school readers, and DC Ink meant for young adult readers. Though a few of the graphic novels will have creators who are already working in the comic book industry, the majority of the writers...