Young adult fiction is big business, and over the past few years, Marvel and DC have tried to grab a share of that pie. After a few experiments in the field, DC has announced four new young adult novels featuring some of its biggest characters.

Via Mashable, DC Entertainment revealed plans four new YA novels in partnership with Random House, starting in August 2017 with Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, best known for The Grisha Trilogy series of novels. Following Wonder Woman will be Batman by Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Superman by Matt de la Peña (Mexican Whiteboy and The Living) and Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas (The Thrones of Glass).

These novels follow the successful Lois Lane series by Gwenda Bond, which casts the intrepid reporter as a new arrival in Metropolis, making her way as a journalist and sharing an online friendship with someone she knows only as “SmallvilleGuy.” The series started with Lois Lane: Fallout and is followed up this year by Lois Lane: Double Down, set to be released in June.

While details of the plots have yet to emerge, it’s exciting to see DC branch out in this way, especially after this weekend’s DC Rebirth announcement showed that the comics themselves aren't offering as many opportunities as we'd like to see for women and people of color to wriite DC’s top-tier characters. Hopefully the novels tackle some subjects that the comics shy away from too, and we can get the story of Wonder Woman’s first crush on Paradise Island, years before she ever comes into contact with the world of men.


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