The Other History of the DC Universe by John Ridley is prose and not sequential art

(Image credit: Giuseppe Camuncoli/Marco Mastrazzo (DC/Black Label))

John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli's upcoming series The Other History of the DC Universe will take a new look at classic moments from DC's comic book history - but will not be an actual comic book. 

"It's definitely prose. It's different from sequential dialogue - It's not spot art, it's not sequential art," Ridley says in an interview inside the retail catalog DC Connect #4. 

According to the publisher, the new series's title deliberately references 1986’s
"similar-in-format" History of the DC Universe by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.

That 1986 two-issue series was a post-Crisis on Infinite Earths retelling of the then-new continuity's history mostly told with splash pages accompanied by brief prose. 

Here are examples from History of the DC Universe two issues:

DC has not released any interior art from The Other History of the DC Universe, but Ridley talks up Camuncoli's work in the interview.

(Image credit: Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli/Marco Mastrazzo (DC/Black Label))

"[Giuseppe Camuncoli] did a masterful job creating true flow for the book, from one moment to the next over time," Ridley continues. 

Ridley explains that The Other History of the DC Universe is written as if it was an oral history of DC in the "'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and the early 2000s." Each decade will be from the point of view of a different character from an often-marginalized group, from Black Lightning to Mal and Karen Duncan, Renee Montoya, Katana, and Thunder.

"In terms of the writing, I approached it as though it were an oral history; as though I had the opportunity to sit down with these characters and really ask them about their lives, their relationships, their successes, their failures," Ridley says. "It really was trying to treat these characters as though they were very real people."

The Other History of the DC Universe #1 (of 5) goes on sale November 24.

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)