Joshua Williamson Signs Exclusive Deal with DC, Announces ‘Frostbite’ for Vertigo
Writer Joshua Williamson has signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics. Previously known for Ghosted and Nailbiter at Image and Illuminati at Marvel, Williamson has already been announced as the writer of the upcoming Flash series that launches as part of DC Rebirth, alongside artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. The Flash: Rebirth comes out June 8, followed by The Flash #1 on June 22.
With this news that he's now DC-exclusive comes the announcement of another new series he's writing. Frostbite is a six-issue Vertigo miniseries that launches in September with art by Jason Shawn Alexander. It's a post-apocalyptic tale of a woman who is smuggling people through an icy wasteland.
DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee expressed his excitement in the press release:
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.
More on Frostbite from the press release:
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.
“For a comic book writer, this is a dream come true,” said Williamson. “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.”