In the latest of their run of stellar talent acquisitions, DC Entertainment announced today that they have reached an agreement with writer Joshua Williamson to create comic book content solely for the company’s DC Comics and Vertigo imprints.
Williamson had already been confirmed as the writer of the new post-Rebirth FLASH title this June, but DC also announced that he will be writing FROSTBITE, a new six-issue miniseries for the company’s Vertigo imprint, alongside artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Batman: Arkham City, The Empty Zone).
Speaking about the announcement, Williamson said “For a comic book writer, this is a dream come true. There aren’t too many people that get the chance to not only write The Flash, one of my all-time favorite characters, but also work with Vertigo; a publisher that’s been a huge influence on my writing style. DC Comics is an important company to me; I’ve loved these characters all my life and an opportunity to add to their mythology is amazing. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”
DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee added ”Josh is a fantastic writer, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. He has a knack for telling stories that really grab hold of readers, and it comes through whether he’s writing epic superhero fiction, or more edgy and darker tales.”
FROSTBITE follows Keaton, a South American woman and a “coyote,” a human trafficker specializing in no-questions-asked transportation of people across dangerous landscapes. Decades earlier, the world entered a new ice age; though the remaining populace has survived and adapted to the frozen environment using new technology, the weather is not their biggest danger. A new disease nicknamed “Frostbite” is making its way across the remaining communities. It literally turns people into ice, slowly freezing the moisture in their cells. Keaton and her crew are tasked with transporting two scientists from Mexico to a science lab on Alcatraz where they are working on a cure. It should be easy; after all, it’s only an elderly man and his adult daughter. But when the transport is attacked Keaton finds out that the scientist and his daughter have a bounty on their heads, and this simple transport job becomes very, very complicated.