David Finch goes DC exclusive in 2010

David Finch, winner of the 2009 Joe Shuster Award for Oustanding Artist, will be working for DC Entertainment in 2010.

Artist David Finch

With the expiration of his exclusive contract with Marvel, DC is announcing that David Finch has signed a new, exclusive deal and will begin working for them on a project which has yet to be announced.

In an interview with CBR, Finch tells us:

“I’ve been a DC fan for a really long time, and I always knew that I’d love the opportunity to work in the DCU at some point, (i)t was just a matter of the timing being right. I’ve talked with [Executive Editor] Dan DiDio a few times in the past, and his enthusiasm is very infectious. He’s got so much great stuff planned that I just really wanted to be a part of it.”

“There’s something very special about putting pencil to paper knowing that you’re drawing the actual, official characters that will be published in the books. It really makes me think about just how I feel about each character, and what they represent for me. I love the big three, obviously, along with every other comic book creator that aspires to work on superheroes. I’m a huge Lobo fan. Simon Bisley is the greatest, and his Lobo work still has a big impact for me. I love Legion a lot, and Doom Patrol. The Flash is great. Justice League may be the holy grail of the DCU, though. It’s got so much in one place, and such a rich history of stories.

Rich Johnston is reporting that Finch will be handling both writing and art chores on “one of DC’s highest profile ongoing books – featuring characters he holds dear”, yet in the CBR interview Finch mentions a list of writers he’d love to work with:

“Geoff Johns would be a huge pleasure to work with. I’ve talked to him a few times, and he’s a great guy. I love his work. Grant Morrison is like no other writer that I know of. He really knows how to make you think and surprise you. Paul Dini is one of my favorites, along with Keith Giffen, JMS, Peter Tomasi, Judd Winick, Gail Simone, Tony Daniel… There are so many!”

Editors Note: Exclusive deals have been all the rage over the past decade, and are a regular means by which the two major mainstream publishers secure top talent. On the plus side, these exclusive deals also come with additional perks, benefits and opportunities that just aren’t offered to freelance creators.  I find it quite intriguing that a main tactic of these publishing imprints is to offer creators a chance to work on a character that was much beloved in childhood, and it works. It’s fairly well known that these exclusive deals can be quite (financially) rewarding for creators, though not always ideal if the company fails to give them regular work.

This deal is quite interesting in that Finch will handle both the writing and art on a title. It has been about a decade since Finch last wrote a comic, though he does has a number of co-writing credits from his Image/Top Cow days. His single foray to date into the DC Universe has been the 1999 Darkness/Batman crossover one-shot.

1999's Darkness/Batman one-shot

Finch was an integral part of the Avengers reconstruction, having illustrated the “Avengers Dissassembled” storyline with writer Brian Michael Bendis which led to the Finch-drawn relaunch of New Avengers (again with writer Bendis). He relaunched the Moon Knight character with author Charlie Huston, and helped tear apart the Ultimate Marvel Universe in the 2008-2009 mini-series Ultimatum, written by Jeph Loeb. Since January 2007, the last 3 years of his Marvel exclusive contract, Finch has drawn the interior artwork for 9 comics: Ultimatium #1-5, Legion of Monsters: Morbius #1, Fallen Son #4 and Moon Knight #7 & 8. As part of his exclusive contract with Marvel, Finch has been a prolific cover artist for the company — in 2009 alone he drew 15 covers for assorted Marvel books.

Marvel Comics | Ultimatum #3-5
Marvel Comics | Captain America: Reborn #5 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Fall of the Hulks Alpha (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Psylocke #1, 2
Marvel Comics | Siege: The Cabal (One-Shot)
Marvel Comics | The Stand: American Nightmares #1 (“Lincoln Tunnel” Variant)
Marvel Comics | Thor: Defining Moments Giant-Size #1 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Ultimatum #3, 4, 5
Marvel Comics | Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 (Variant)
Marvel Comics | Wolverine: Weapon X #4 (70th Anniversary Frame)
Marvel Comics | X-Infernus #2, 3, 4