DC Comics Signs Steve Orlando, Evan "Doc" Shaner, And Jesus Merino To Exclusivity Deals

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While it's not yet known who will be working on almost any of DC Comics's post-Rebirth titles this summer and fall, the publisher has been acquiring talent in advance of their March 27 announcement.

The latest such announcement, made via the company's blog, is that writer Steve Orlando (Midnighter), and artists Evan "Doc" Shaner (Convergence: Shazam!) and Jesus Merino (The New 52: Futures End) have signed exclusive contracts with the publisher.

"The past year was an honor, working on one of the most important characters in comics to me," said Orlando on his own Facebook page. "And I can't wait for you all to see what's coming next!"

Recently announced as the artist for DCE's Future Quest title with writer Jeff Parker, co-publisher Jim Lee praised "Doc" Shaner.

"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," Lee said. "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."

"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."

"After working with DC on so many projects, it's great to call them my home now," said Merino. 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."

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Orlando, Shaner and Merino are the newest names to be added to this roster, following the announcement last month of talent signings for writer Tom King (Grayson, Omega Men, Robin War), Clay Mann (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death) and John Timms (Harley Quinn).