DC Comics has announced that Evan "Doc" Shaner, Steve Orlando and Jesus Merino have all signed exclusive agreements. This is the second wave of exclusives announced by the publisher ahead of next week's announcement of creators for it's summer Rebirth relaunch, so with the exception of Shaner these creators could be assumed to be key parts of that new line-up. Shaner is already advertised as drawing the Hanna-Barbera title Futur Quest.
“DC Comics has a history of creators and characters that I'm very fond of as both a reader and artist, and to be asked to be part of that tradition is an incredible honor for me,” said Shaner. “Superman, Captain Marvel, The Flash, Plastic Man, and so many more-- these are some of my favorite characters of all time. I'm also particularly excited that I get to start my time at DC with reintroducing the Hanna-Barbera heroes featured in Future Quest, which are especially dear to me. This is an amazing opportunity and I'm looking forward to what's to come.”
Shaner is working with writer Jeff Parker on Future Quest which begins in May. The artist previously worked on Convergence: Shazam!, Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern and Adventures of Superman.
"I’ve always been a fan of Doc’s work,” said DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “In reviewing his concepts and character sketches for Future Quest, it reminded me of some of the classic animation and comic artists of the past, like Alex Toth and Milton Caniff. It was a perfect fit for this title, and I can’t wait to see him bring his talents to more DC and Vertigo titles in the future.”
Steve Orlando is currently writing Midnighter and co-writing Batman & Robin Eternal. With Midnighter not listed as one of DC's Rebirth titles, Orlando's exact involvement in DC's upcoming line-up is unknown.
“DC Comics is the home to the icons, characters and concepts that form the bedrock of modern mythology, cross boundaries and inspire people,” said Orlando. “I’m incredibly excited to add to this great tradition of storytelling exclusively, a tradition that captured my imagination as a young reader and bring it to a new generation.” “It has been and will continue to be an honor. Anyone who knows me knows comics changed my life, and I’m looking forward to showing fans how comics have impacted me in the stories I’ll be writing.”
Jesus Merino is a relative veteran in the comic book industry, and Lee calls it an honor to have the Spanish artist under an exclusive.
“He does a great job at combining the heroic and inspirational element of the DC mythos with a clean, dynamic and energetic style that really brings out the best in the DC characters!" said Lee.
According to DC's wording of these contracts, the three creators are truly "exclusive" to DC and Vertigo with no outside work permitted. Previous "exclusive" deals with Marvel and DC have generally permitted outside work-for-hire and creator-owned work as long as it wasn't for Marvel (for DC exclusives) and DC (for Marvel exclusives).