2016 brought the announcement of the DC Icons series, a new young adult series focusing on famed DC comic characters, penned by best-selling YA authors. The topic alone was not enough to enthuse me–I don’t read many comics, nor novels based on comics–but the authors starting out the series did.
The authors include Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse) on a Wonder Woman title, Marie Lu (Legend, Young Elites) on a Batman title, Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses) on Catwoman and Matt de la Peña (Last Stop on Market Street) on Superman.
Thus far Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Batman: Nightwalker are published. Both debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for young adult books. It remains to be seen whether more will be published after Catwoman: Soulstealer and the untitled Superman novel. If the two remaining titles also debut as bestsellers, then the answer will most likely be yes. Wonder Woman in particular has been on the bestseller list most weeks since it published in August.
What, so far, sets the DC Icons series apart from other comic book novelizations? The age of the protagonists is a big difference. The books are also not tied to the DC comic or movie universes in any way. It is uncertain, thus far, if these books even take place in their own shared universe. They have powers and personalities you expect, but the stories are permitted more originality. In other words, these characters do not have the origins you know. This keeps the series surprising for fans tired of the same old stories, and means prior knowledge is not needed for understanding.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Batman: Nightwalker are available to check out at CPL. If Random House continues this series, which DC character would you like to get a book next?