From the poorly kept secret department: Jeff Lemire, the writer of the upcoming new Superboy title and writer/artist of Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth, is now exclusive with DC Comics, as announced on the publisher’s blog, The Source.
Rich Johnston reported this news two weeks ago, as he was excited to point out today. Despite working for Vertigo for a while and imminently taking over Superboy, Lemire is still a somewhat surprising (and exciting) choice for a DC exclusive, given his history with fairly esoteric material like Top Shelf’s Essex County trilogy. It’s not so weird for Lemire, though; as he explained on The Source, he’s a “life long DC Comics fan.” Maybe the most intriguing part of this news is seeing, when his Sweet Tooth schedule permits, Lemire’ll use his distinct art style rendering the DC icons; Rich posted a striking image of Lemire’s take on Hawkman and Atom (the latter of which Lemire is writing in the Adventure Comics Atom co-feature and this week’s Brightest Day: The Atom Special).
This news follows the announcement of Paul Cornell’s DC exclusivity two weeks ago. With only two weeks left until Comic-Con International: San Diego, who knows if this is the last exclusive announcement until then, and what we might be able to expect to hear from there.
Ready for more DC work from Lemire? Feel like speculating which exclusives might be next? Feel free!