Just ahead of their ComicsPRO presentation today (given to retailers in the industry), DC Comics has announced that Tom King has signed an exclusive deal with the publisher. Meaning, basically, he will only be doing DC work for the duration of that agreement.
King is best known for his work on Grayson, a super-spy take on Dick Grayson/Nightwing, that he co-writes with Tim Seeley. Recently, he began critically acclaimed runs on The Omega Men (his sci-fi epic take on the long dormant DC property) and The Vision (an existential, suburban look at the android Avenger) for Marvel. He also just launched his first Vertigo title, the Iraqi War noir The Sheriff of Babylon.
Here's King on the announcement:
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. 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.
Rumors are that King may be taking over Batman from Scott Snyder. This announcement is definitely evidence in favor of that assignment. King is easily one of the most exciting writers working at the Big Two, and for whatever it's worth, he won this year's Rexie award for Best Comics creator!
An A+ move by DC for sure.