The Other History of the DC Universe Coming From John Ridley

The Other History of the DC Universe Coming From John Ridley

The Other History of the DC Universe Coming From John Ridley

It's going to get in the heads of various diverse DC heroes and see how being a superpowered individual of color is like.

On Friday, DC announced that Ridley, writer of 12 Years a Slave, will be penning a miniseries titled The Other History of the DC Universe.

The story will analyze iconic DC moments and chart sociopolitical gains from the perspectives of superheroes who come from traditionally oppressed groups.

The oddest inclusion is probably Gregorio De La Vega, aka Extraño, DC Comics' first - and very embarrassingly handled - implied-to-be-gay superhero, who has only just reached the point of being revamped into something that isn't an offensive caricature. The series focuses on the person rather than the heroic alter-ego, and explores how they work to overcome real-world issues.

"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 said in comments provided by DC. DC in a landmark pop culture event illuminating the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.

You may think you know the entire history of the DCU.

DC looks to undertake a similar tactic with its historically minded miniseries The Other History of the DC Universe, which the publisher announced today. It comes the night before Ridley will speak on the "The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens" panel during Black Lightning premiere weekend in Washington, celebrate Martin Luther King Day and inclusion in comics. Tune in via the live stream on Saturday, January 13, at 11 a.m. ET [Sunday, January 14 at 3AM AEDT] on the DC YouTube channel and follow along in the conversation on social media with #dcindc2018.

A now publishing sequel, The American Way: Those Above and Those Below, picks up the story a decade later, with all the political tension of the '70s put through the same lens.