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Writing Earth 2.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MTV and DC Comics have just announced that I am the new writer of Earth 2 with my great friend, and fellow Australian, Nicola Scott on art.

Nicola is an incredible artist and I feel very lucky to be working with her.

I really want to acknowledge the great work that James Robinson has done on this book. James is a wonderful writer who I have a lot of respect for, and with Earth 2, he’s built an entire world and filled it with characters and mysteries aplenty.
I want to thank everyone at DC Comics for the faith they’ve shown in me with this one.

It’s not every day someone hands you a whole planet. I’ve destroyed a lot of worlds while writing Star Wars but I’ll try not to break this one.

Here we go…

Announcing ‘Injustice – Gods Among Us’ The Comic Series

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Injustice has been announced.

I’m writing Superman.

No, really. I’M writing Superman.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I grew up reading DC Superheroes, and writing Superman has always been my ultimate comics-writing goal. With the Injustice prequel series, that’s exactly what I’m doing… along with Batman, and Wonder Woman, and Green Arrow, and Green Lantern, and Flash, and Joker, and Harley Quinn, and Cyborg, and Nightwing, and many, many others in the DC Universe. I couldn’t be happier.

Which isn’t to say that the characters will be happy…

This series, which tells the events leading up to the WB Entertainment and NetherRealm studios game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, is one of the most exciting, terrifying, heartfelt, epic and nasty stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to write. While the exact details of Injustice are still sketchy, I can tell you that the game script that the NetherRealm people have put together is seriously good. It’s great to see a fighting game with such a rich story. You’re all in for a real treat.

Artist Jheremy Raapack is going to kill on this series and it’s great to be working with Jim Chadwick again too. Jim was my editor back when I was writing The Authority for Wildstorm and he’s one of the best. Thanks to Hank Kanalz and all the people out at Burbank for the opportunity.

We’re going to smash this like Superman smashing Flash into orbit in this trailer…


INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #1

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art and cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK

On sale JANUARY 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

• Based on DC’s latest highly anticipated video game from the makers of Mortal Kombat!

• The first time in print for these digital-first stories.

• This prequel explains the events leading up to the start of this epic game!

The Deep is nominated for A Gold Inky Award and Rose And Thorn is solicited.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I’m currently doing a writing residency for Inside a Dog – A site “All about books – by young people, for young people” where I’m blogging a few times a week about all things writing. I thought I’d simply post my latest  post from there to cover our latest award news and the Rose and Thorn solicit…

“Some nights (most nights) I stay up very late writing. When the world is asleep and I’m alone, this is when I’m most productive. With only my fellow night-owl friends (usually writers and artists) and editors in the US and England to distract me, things get done. I don’t think I could do what I do without this time, for which all thanks must go to my wonderful wife, Megan – If you see Megan on the street, please start one of those slow claps which is quickly taken up by random strangers until everyone is just cheering her as she walks past.

This morning, I crawled into bed at about 5am, having started the night writing on a strange world in a galaxy far, far away and ending the night writing a love scene under a star-lit sky on a pirate ship.
I woke up to find that the world, as it does, has moved on without me but still involved me in it.

First up, I’ve seen that The Deep: Here Be Dragons has made the longlist for a Gold Inky Award!

On behalf of myself, James Brouwer and Gestalt Publishing, thank you very much to anyone who was involved in choosing our book for this honour.
The Nekton family also asked me to pass on their thanks and congratulations to all of the books who made the longlist (the Nektons may be fictional but that’s no excuse for rudeness).

Next up, I heard I was on the radio in Philadelphia. I was interviewed about all things Star Wars for the radio show ‘Fictional Frontiers’ last week and apparently it aired while I was in bed – a severe case of talking in your sleep.  Not sure when it will be podcast but you can listen to the last time I was on the show right here.

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Fictional Frontiers with Sohaib – (Episode 194) – Tom Taylor Extended Exclusive

And last up, a new story I’ve written for DC Comics, Rose and Thorn, has been solicited for September. Which means I can finally share the concept and the stunning cover by Ryan Sook.

Rose and Thorn Tom Taylor Ryan Sook Neil Googe

NATIONAL COMICS: ROSE AND THORN #1
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by NEIL GOOGE
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 26 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The classic DC character Rose and Thorn is taken in a compelling new direction!
• Can a teenage girl with a dark secret, readjusting to life after being institutionalized, learn how to live again?

So, there you have it. The things that happened while I was sleeping… or possibly while I was continually smacking the snooze button.”

Australia conquers Batman – Legends of the Dark Knight is here.

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na… Batman!

DC have announced the Batman digital-first series will be called Legends of the Dark Knight and have named the first four stellar creative teams.

The line-up for the first six chapters:

  • June 7 – “The Butler Did It,” written by Damon Lindelof and illustrated by Jeff Lemire
  • June 14 – “All of the Above,” written by Jonathan Larsen and illustrated by JG Jones
  • June 21– “The Crime Never Committed,” written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Nicola Scott and Wayne Faucher
  • June 28 – “Crisis of Identity,” Part 1 written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Ben Templesmith
  • July 5 – “Crisis of Identity,” Part 2 written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Ben Templesmith
  • July 12 – “Crisis of Identity,” Part 3 written by B. Clay Moore and illustrated by Ben Templesmith

That’s some pretty nice company to be in there – some big TV and movie writers, some stars of comics and three of my friends, in Templesmith, Nicola and Clay. However, the real stand out for me is the fact that THREE Australians are there. Our editor, Ben Abernathy, clearly likes Aussies.

Hope everyone checks out the first story today by the co-creator of Lost and the writer of Prometheus, Damon Lindelof, and Jeff Lemire (Animal Man and Sweet Tooth).

New chapters, which debut each Thursday, can be downloaded for 99 cents on the DC Entertainment website.

And, here’s the Ethan Van Sciver cover.


Two Books. Two Galaxies. Two Epic Space Battles Come to an Explosive End.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011


Two epic battles have been raging in the pages of Star Wars: Invasion – Revelations and DCUO Legends: The Brainiac – Sinestro Corps War, and both come to a climactic end this week. Two wars. Two Galaxies. Two books. Two publishers. One big week.

These two story arcs probably contain my largest ever fictional body count.

DC Universe Online Legends #17

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover by: Doug Mahnke
Colored by: Jorge Gonzalez

Hal Jordan is seriously conflicted as he and the Green Lantern Corps arrive at Korugar to “contain” the war between Sinestro’s Yellow Lanterns and Brainiac–but can they save the planet of innocents caught in the crossfire? And how desperate could things possibly get that would see Hal team up with Sinestro for one final battle?!

Star Wars: Invasion—Revelations #5

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Colin Wilson
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Cover Artist: Chris Scalf
Release: November 16, 2011
32 pages, issue 5 of 5

Queen Nina and Princess Kaye have successfully rescued the refugees from the Battle of Shramar, but the Yuuzhan Vong invaders may still have another win for their tally. Or is there another revelation in store? Meanwhile, on Coruscant, Jedi-in-training Finn Galfridian finds that in trying to prevent an assassination, he may be complicit in one! The next revelation may be about Finn’s new mentor!

Revealed! Green Lantern On The Cover Of DCUO Legends 17

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Yes. Doug Mahnke’s cover to DC Universe Online Legends #17 is this good.

I’ve just seen this is up over on DC’s site, so I figure I can now share it here. Gaze at it!

And the good reviews for issue #16 are coming in.

“Writer Tom Taylor – a playwright from Australia who’s been doing some Star Wars comics for Dark Horse and took a turn at The Authority – does excellent work with the main Green Lantern characters, particularly Guy Gardner, who is positively gleeful at the idea of watching Sinestro and Brainiac stomp the **** out of each other. The dialogue is generally excellent, particularly Guy’s. Taylor takes what should be work-for-hire on a loss-leading marketing ploy and infuses it with moral questions. About the nature of only following orders. The morality of taking no stand in the face of genocide. The law of unintended circumstances.”

And Bruno Redondo, who I chatted to this morning (I love Skype) is also coming in for much deserved love…

“I was also pleasantly surprised by Bruno Redondo’s art… It’s fairly straight-ahead comic pencils – clean lines, nothing too stylized to scare off any videogame nerd who might be buying their first comic – but he does pretty dynamic action and good facial expressions, which are key to a character like Guy Gardner and to the emotional beats Taylor builds into the story.” - Crisis on Infinite Midlives

“The reader is subjected to a brutal scene of violence as Sinestro gets his face smashed in. Tom Taylor underlines the scene with witty prose. He also puts us in the driver’s seat for the victim. For that moment, the audience sees things from Sinestro’s point of view. A war in space unfolds with ships, hulking skull faced warriors, and dozens of black and gold suited aliens blasting away at each other. The forces of Brainiac and the Sinestro are at war. I really liked this issue overall. It had beautiful artwork and an engaging story that provoked emotion, thought, and plain enjoyment. I give it five out of five metal bikinis and looked forward to the second part of The Brainiac-Sinestro Corps War.” - Roqoo Depot

A big thanks to everyone who has taken the time to tweet, message and email their reaction to this first issue.  I had a great time creating these two issues with Bruno and Ben Abernathy and it always means a lot to read some kind words. Cheers!

This Week: ‘The Brainiac – Sinestro Corps War’ Begins

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

“In space, no one can hear—
—the dull thud of my brain smacking against the inside of my fractured skull.”
– Sinestro

And so begins DC Universe Online #16, the first of my two-part ‘Brainiac/Sinestro Corps War’ story available this week in print and digital download. Despite writing The Authority for almost a year, which should also be available for digital download soon, this is my first work in the actual DC universe, and starting out with Green Lantern was a bit of a dream gig. The next character I’ve written (not announced yet) is also a dream gig.


I really hope everyone checks out this book this week. Bruno Redondo absolutely blew me away with his art and he managed to capture the moments of action, humour, violence and pain perfectly. This is a Green Lantern sample piece from Bruno’s blog.  Thanks to Ben Abernathy for bringing me on board for this one. Looking forward to much more!

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE

Publisher: DC Comics

On Sale: October 19, 2011
Price: $2.99
Product Id: AUG110178
Hal Jordan and the other human Green Lanterns have been recalled to Oa under emergency circumstances. Brainiac’s main fleet has been located and he’s gone to war with the Sinestro’s Yellow Lantern Corps on Korugar! The mission: Containment, allowing both enemies to annihilate each other!

IGN has also posted the exclusive news of the next issue right here.  Will share Doug Mahnke’s cover art for #17 when I can – it’s all kinds of awesome.

Yep, I’m writing a Green Lantern – Sinestro – Brainiac story.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

With the brilliant Doug Mahnke cover to DC Universe Online #16 being exclusively posted at IGN this morning, I feel I can finally sing this one from the rooftops (and have the right art to back it up).

I’m writing a two-part stand-alone story in this series called  ‘The Brainiac – Sinestro Corps War’ with art by Bruno Redondo. Bruno is going to be huge. The guy’s storytelling is fantastic, he gets the epic, the action and, probably most importantly for me, the characterization. I especially loved getting to write Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner and Bruno brings these guys to life perfectly. I can’t wait for people to see this book next month. Writing this book also meant working with one of my favourite editors in Ben Abernathy. Hope everyone picks it up, especially anyone who misses these guys after the reboot (this is basically an elseworlds tale set pre-boot).


Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by BRUNO REDONDO
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE

Publisher: DC Comics
On Sale: October 19, 2011
Price: $2.99
Product Id: AUG110178
Hal Jordan and the other human Green Lanterns have been recalled to Oa under emergency circumstances. Brainiac’s main fleet has been located and he’s gone to war with the Sinestro’s Yellow Lantern Corps on Korugar! The mission: Containment, allowing both enemies to annihilate each other!

IGN has also posted the exclusive news of the next issue right here.

Also, some massive news will be going up here tomorrow…

DC Comics – Tom Taylor

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

That has a nice ring to it.

I’m not allowed to divulge anything specific yet, but I am allowed to say I’m working on a little something set in the DCU… good times.

San Diego Comic-Con. When I’ll Be Where.

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

San Diego Comic-Con is almost here and, once again, I will brave man-made flight machines with Colin Wilson to get there.

This con is looking a lot busier than the last one.  I will be signing for The Authority at the DC booth every day.  I will also be signing with Colin at the Dark Horse Booth on ‘Star Wars Day’ (Friday) and, on the Saturday, I will be part of the Wildstorm: Stormfront Panel with some great talent. I will also be signing at booth 4500 for Gestalt Publishing and generally hanging around that area as Colin Wilson has his own table at this year’s SDCC with Dave Dorman (which I’m apparently sitting at too).  If you’re around, come say hi.

THURSDAY, JULY 22

12-1pm: SIGNING @ DC booth (#1915)

FRIDAY, JULY 23

12:00-1:00: SIGNING @ Dark Horse booth

2-3pm: SIGNING @ DC booth

SATURDAY, JULY 24

1-2pm: SIGNING @ DC booth

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. WildStorm: Storm Front Panel

What’s new in the WildStorm Universe? VP/general manager Hank Kanalz  and senior editor Ben Abernathy bring you up to speed with this inside look into DC’s wildest imprint. Joining Hank and Ben will be Adam Beechen (WildCats), Kurt Busiek  (Astro City), Darick Robertson (Fringe: Tales From the Fringe), Tom Taylor (The Authority), Tim Seeley  (WildCats), Adam Archer (Ratchet and Clank), Cruddie Torian (Gen13) and others. Room 4

SUNDAY, JULY 25

2:30-3:30pm: SIGNING @ DC booth

MONDAY, JULY 26

Sleeping… hard.