Geoff Johns (Blackest Night, Doomsday Clock) has confirmed that The Killing Zone — his planned DC Comics pop-up imprint — is still very much in the works, despite little being revealed about the project since its initial announcement two years ago.
To coincide with the upcoming premiere of his live-action DC Universe/The CW series Stargirl, the the former President and CCO of DC Entertainment partook in a Q&A session on the DC Universe forums. One user in particular inquired about the current status of the imprint. “Killing Zone is a project I’m very passionate about, taking some pretty obscure DC characters and putting them center stage,” Johns replied. “I’m waiting for a certain artist to become available before I start it. It’ll all depend on schedules for everything.”
The Killing Zone was first announced back in the summer of 2018 as a DC imprint that Johns would both curate and write for. It was revealed alongside such other imprints as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe and a mysterious Brian Michael Bendis-curated imprint that would become Wonder Comics. The Killing Zone is described as a pop-up imprint (not unlike Gerard Way’s Young Animal) that aims to put the focus on lesser-known DC properties, as well as introduce brand-new ones.
As previously mentioned, details pertaining to The Killing Zone have been sparse since 2018 — leading some DC fans to speculate that the pop-up imprint had been scrapped. According to Johns, however, the reason for the delay simply seems to be a matter of conflicting schedules. That said, the writer did not reveal the identity of the artist he is currently waiting to enlist for the project.
Geoff Johns has confirmed that his planned pop-up imprint The Killing Zone is still in the works at DC Comics.