Isabella and DC have released a joint statement, which Isabella has now published on his blog, that reads: “DC Comics/Entertainment and Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella have reached a mutually-beneficial agreement on Tony’s past and future contributions to the company. DC is pleased it will again have access to Tony’s talents and insights. Tony is thrilled to be once again associated with one of the top entertainment powerhouses of our era. This is good news all around.”
The wording on the statement seems significant, as Isabella has long held that he alone created “Black Lightning,” whereas DC had asserted that the character had been co-created by Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden as part of a work-for-hire agreement. Isabella has reached out to CBR to clarify that the official credit line is, “Black Lightning created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.”
News of a thawing in relations between the two parties first surfaced two years ago, but this latest announcement seems to hold out the prospect of Isabella producing more comics at DC in the future.
The CW’s recent move to commission their own “Black Lightning” TV pilot, after Fox passed on their own pilot featuring the character, may have also have had an influence.