DC Announces DC Compact Comics

As a comics fan, sometimes it’s hard to know which graphic novels to recommend to new readers. What style of book should you suggest? Are hardcover editions too costly compared to trade paperbacks? Then there’s the accessibility issue of Omnibus Editions, which are hard to read anywhere outside the home. DC Compact Comics are the perfect answer to all those questions.

These smaller sized, square bound books will collect many of the all-time classics and some modern day masterpieces, too!

Here’s the full story, direct from DC:

DC has announced a new line in their graphic novel slate: DC Compact Comics. Featuring a 5.5″ x 8.5″ standard book trim for trade paperback novels, the new format pulls bestselling, new-reader-friendly titles from DC’s evergreen library as the first books offered in this new lineup of compact editions of adult graphic novels:

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, among others, will go on sale beginning in June 2024, retailing at $9.99 US, to launch DC’s new program.

Anne DePies, SVP & General Manager, DC:

The DC Compact Comics price and sizing is perfect for readers of prose and manga looking to pick up a new-reader-friendly storyline in a self-contained, full color graphic novel.


This5.5″ x 8.5″paper cut is the most widely circulated softcover book size in the US and is popular among graphic novel aficionados in international markets.


At $9.99, it’s a great price point for retailers to stock these classic titles. For readers, DC Compact Comics deliver a new graphic novel reading experience that fits in the palm of their hands, with no loss of readability. “

The new line will showcase DC stories across many genres, including science fiction, thrillers, horror, fantasy, adventure, and mystery. Featured among the DC Compact Comics launch titles in 2024 are DC’s recent Hugo Award-winning sci-fi graphic novel Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell, along with perennial classic graphic novels like Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman, Batman: Hush, Batman: The Court of Owls, and more.

The initial DC Compact Comics launch in 2024 will offer the following titles at $9.99 US:

  • Watchmen (9781779527325) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Batman: The Court of Owls (9781779527271) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
  • All-Star Superman (9781779527257) by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  • Far Sector (9781779527295) by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One (9781779527332) by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette
  • American Vampire Book One (9781779527349) by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque
  • Batman: Hush (9781779527264) by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
  • Joker (9781779527318) by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo
  • Harley Quinn & the Gotham City Sirens (9781779527301) by Paul Dini, Peter Calloway, Tony Bedard, Guillem March, and Andres Guinaldo
  • Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman (9781779527288) by Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker

This set of titles is really impressive, as every single story is a favorite and highly recommended. Which ones will you be adding to your pull list?

Images and Press Release Courtesy of DC Entertainment

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