DC Entertainment especially its comic’s division has been all a buzz lately with rumors of relaunches, cancellations and exclusivity deals. We have heard they are trying to nail down some of the comic world’s up and coming top talent with exclusive contracts. Our suspious have been confirmed as DC announces they have secured writer Tom King (Grayson, The Sheriff of Babylon), artists Clay Mann (Poison Ivy: Cylce of Life and Death) and breakout star John Timms (Harley Quinn).
Here is are the full details from DC Entertianment.
DC Entertainment announced today the signing of writer Tom King and fan favorite artists Clay Mann and John Timms to exclusive deals to produce their comic book work solely for the DC Comics and Vertigo imprints.
“DC Entertainment is proud and thrilled to secure the services of these amazing talents,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “Speaking personally as a fan of their impressive work, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have them on board for the long haul. We’ve seen the incredible fan response thus far and all I can add is: hold on tight, this is just the beginning!”
Tom King has quickly become a fan favorite writer, making a mark with his edgy, dramatic work on OMEGA MEN, GRAYSON (with co-writer Tim Seeley), ROBIN WAR and Vertigo’s SHERIFF OF BABYLON. The former CIA intelligence operative now calls DC his exclusive home, and will play a major role in the new REBIRTH initiative scheduled for June.
“To me, DC is Superman. DC is Batman. DC is Wonder Woman. DC is Swamp Thing, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, All Star Superman, The New 52 and The Court of Owls,” said Tom King. “DC is where the great comics get made. I’m honored and proud to be part of that tradition, and I’m going to do my best to deliver my best work ever. I can’t wait for people to see what’s coming.”
In addition to signing King, DC also brought two rising star artists – Clay Mann and John Timms – into their ranks of top talent. After producing spectacular covers on such titles as BATGIRL and BATMAN ETERNAL, artist Clay Mann made his blockbuster interior art debut on POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH written by Amy Chu, propelling issue #1 into its second printing. Breakout artist John Timms now also calls DC his new home after creating incredible cover and interior art for HARLEY QUINN, HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL and HARLEY QUINN’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK.
“Clay’s rock solid structure and keen eye for composition really made his work stand out,” noted DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “And I really love John’s expressive figure work and fresh, kinetic energy. Their styles are different but they both accomplish the same goal – they simply pull the readers directly into the story, and that’s exactly what we need more of.”
King, Mann and Timms will be joining an already impressive roster of DC-exclusive talent, including writer/artist Bryan Hitch (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA), writer Peter Tomasi (DETECTIVE COMICS, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN) and artist Tony Daniel (DEATHSTROKE, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN).
Its safe to say we are very excited to see what these creators continue to bring to DC comics as their work currently is by far so of the publishers best. We have heard rumors Tom King will be moving to the by-weekly Batman book so this could be more evidence giving credence to that rumor. Only time will tell so keep it locked to theGWW.com for the latest from DC Entertainment.