After being given total reigns to the DC Universe, writing superstars Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire and Geoff Johns announced on Twitter today that they would be starting their own publishing company called Picture Comics.
Snyder, who has been leading the Batman universe since the reboot commented “We really just need more autonomy and with the sales numbers we are getting combined with the excited over a new brand, we are going to see some major crossover and sales numbers that we haven’t seen in about a decade. I am seeing some comics selling 500k and that isn’t even including variant covers.”
Lemire, who has been behind some of the more esoteric comics of the DC Universe commented “Guys, I think we have a lot of stuff you are going to want to see. We have some gritty antiheroes , big guns and yes, you finally get to see them again – Pouches!”
Johns, writer of Aquaman and Justice League, added “Really this is about who owns the comics, how much we make and how pointless it is to write a lot of our titles nowadays. We can make cataclysmic changes that the next writer could undo. We want more control over what we make and frankly I think it is time to bring something new to the comic racks – so move over Marvel and DC and Oni Press and all of the others – we have superheroes with an attitude coming to the stores!”
Current release titles they announced included Snyder’s action mystery comic Gorefist, Lemire’s new post apocalyptic action noir comic Tainter and John’s cosmic adventure action comic ColorR.I.N.G.
When asked if they planned to leave DC based on their complaints that drove them to start a new comic imprint, the trio were quiet and quickly left.