Years a Slave Writer John Ridley Explores DC Comics' Secret History

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2018

He wrote the 2007 miniseries The Authority: Human on the Inside, and he and artist Georges Jeanty are now finishing up their sequel to the alternate history superhero saga The American Way for DC's Vertigo imprint.

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. Some of them are DC's most prominent superheroes of color, like John Stewart, the African-America successor to Hal Jordan, the original Green Lantern; Vixen, very almost the first black, female superhero to have her own ongoing series at DC; or Katana, a Japanese crimefighter oft associated with morally grey teams like the Suicide Squad and the Outsiders.

The comic book miniseries, titled The Other History of the DC Universe, will focus on "the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues". The story will analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains through the perspectives of DC Super Heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, including John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Rene Montoya among others.

DC's statement did not include who would be drawing the book. Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of the DC in D.C. event.

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 served as showrunner of the ABC series American Crime, which lasted for three seasons.

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. "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".

Keep reading CBR for coverage from the DC in D.C. event this weekend.

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