With a "Rebirth" looming, DC Entertainment has signed three creators to new exclusive deals with the publisher. Writer Tom King and artists Clay Mann and John Timms have signed deals with the publisher to work solely for DC Comics and its Vertigo imprint. DC also reveals that King will play a "major role" in the "Rebirth" initiative beginning in June.
“DC Entertainment is proud and thrilled to secure the services of these amazing talents,” said Jim Lee, one of DC's co-publishers. “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 is currently writing Omega Men for DC and Sheriff of Babylon for Vertigo, and recently orchestrated the "Robin War" crossover and co-wrote Grayson with Tim Seeley. King is also writing Marvel's The Vision, but given this new contact that could soon change.
"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 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."
Clay Mann is currently illustrating Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, and came to DC after having exclusives with both Marvel and Valiant.
John Timms is a regular artist on DC's Harley Quinn books.
“Clay’s rock solid structure and keen eye for composition really made his work stand out,” said 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.”
DC notes that these three join DC's growing stable of exclusive talent which also includes Bryan Hitch, Tony Daniel and Peter Tomasi.