Steve Orlando, Evan Shaner and Jesus Merino Sign Exclusive Contracts with DC Comics

DC Comics has reached a deal with writer Steve Orlando and artists Jesus Merino and Evan "Doc" Shaner to work exclusively for the publisher. The titles they'll be working on have yet to be disclosed.

Orlando rose to fame at DC as writer of the hit series "Midnighter," which as of yet, has not been added to the "Rebirth" lineup. That begs the question: Is "Midnighter" returning, or is Orlando working on something else entirely?

On joining DC's stable of exclusive creators, Orlando said, "DC Comics is the home to the icons, characters and concepts that form the bedrock of modern mythology, cross boundaries and inspire people...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."

He added, "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."

Shaner remarked on joining the publisher as an exclusive artist, "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."

The "Flash Gordon" artist went on to praise the characters he'll possibly get to work with, as well as the Hanna-Barbera characters he's been tapped to pencil, saying, "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."

Merino, who's been illustrating "The Flash" for the publisher, commented, "After working with DC on so many projects, it's great to call them my home now...I've seen a lot of changes over that time, not only in the characters, but in the company as well. With this new arrangement, I feel like the new kid in town all over again."

Orlando, Shaner and Merino join other exclusive creators at the publisher, like Tom King, Clay Mann and John Timms.

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