In another effort to incorporate the appeal of manga into their line of brands, DC Comics has recently launched Ame-Comi, which is a weekly digital comic that is based on their line of bishoujo (a Japanese term used to refer to young and pretty girls) figurines. Ame-Comi will feature manga-style iterations of popular DC heroines such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and many more. The series will be helmed by the duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.
Ame-Comi will be available weekly via DC’s app and ComiXology for 99 cents an issue. Artists that will lend their talents to the series include:
Wonder Woman: Amanda Conner, then Tony Aikens
Batgirl: Sanford Green
Duela Dent: Ted Naifeh
Power Girl: Mike Bowden
Supergirl: Santi Casas
Based on some of the preview pages floating around the net, it seems Ame-Comi’s manga elements are limited to the art style, which seems influenced by what people think manga should look like, but that’s as far as it goes. For one thing, the comic still reads from left to right. Amanda Conner is one of the finest comic book artists we have right now, and Justin Gray is a great writer (who really should write World’s Finest), but you will be disappointed if you read Ame-Comi expecting a DC comics manga. It’s just a DC comic based on a Bishoujo figurine line.