James Tynion IV

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James Tynion IV
James Tynion IV by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Tynion at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Born (1987-12-14) December 14, 1987 (age 33)
New York, New York
Notable works
Something Is Killing The Children
Department of Truth
The Woods

James Tynion IV (born December 14, 1987) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life[edit]

James Tynion IV was born December 14, 1987, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. While studying creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Tynion met and began studying under Scott Snyder, in the nascent years of his comic book writing career. Following school, he became an intern for the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, working under Editor Shelly Bond, among others.[1]


After a few years working in advertising, Scott Snyder asked Tynion to co-write the back-up features for the New 52 relaunch of Batman, in the midst of the acclaimed "Night of the Owls" comic book storyline, starting with Batman #8. In this comic, he tied the Court of Owls mythology to Alfred Pennyworth's father, Jarvis Pennyworth, working with noted American Vampire artist, Rafael Albuquerque. Tynion went on to co-write Batman Annual #1 with Snyder, for artist Jason Fabok, which reintroduced classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze into the present day continuity. Continuing on the back-up stories in the main Batman title, Tynion launched a spin-off of the Night of the Owls storyline with the ongoing comic series, Talon, which ran for 18 issues.[2] Tynion followed up Talon with a brief stint on the title Red Hood and the Outlaws in which he re-introduced a number of members of The League of Assassins back into Batman continuity.

In 2013, Tynion paired with artist Jeremy Rock to co-create his first original comic series, The Eighth Seal, for Mark Waid's digital comic publisher Thrillbent. The series, an apocalyptic blend of political intrigue and body horror, was nominated for the 2013 Ghastly Award for Best Web Comic.[3] Tynion followed up the series with an additional horror comic for Thrillbent, The House In The Wall, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel and drawn by Eryk Donovan.

In 2014, Tynion launched his two biggest series to date. He was named as one of the head writers of Batman Eternal, a weekly Batman comic series designed to explore the full scope and cast of Gotham City.[4] The series would bring classic Batman characters like Carmine Falcone, Hush, Vicki Vale, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and the original Azrael, Jean-Paul Valley, into the New 52 DC continuity.[5] He also launched the original series The Woods, for BOOM! Studios, with artist Michael Dialynas, which proved to be the highest selling original series at that publisher since Mark Waid's Irredeemable, with the first issue selling out on a distributor level.[6] The series was given an unprecedented full series order, guaranteeing that it will run to its planned conclusion at issue #36.[7] He followed up The Woods with a three-issue apocalyptic horror miniseries for BOOM! Studios, titled Memetic, which paired him with artist Eryk Donovan once again[8]

In 2015, Tynion was announced as one of the co-writers of the new Constantine: The Hellblazer series alongside Ming Doyle and artist Riley Rossmo, as a part of the DCYou publishing initiative at DC Comics.[9] Tynion also was announced as the writer of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with DC and IDW Publishing, the first meeting between the two franchises.[10] The series launched in December 2015 as DC Comics' sixth best selling title for the entire year.[11] He also launched two new creator owned series through Boom! Studios, UFOlogy, co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox, and Cognetic, the spiritual sequel to Memetic with artist Eryk Donovan.[12][13]

At Wondercon in 2016, James Tynion IV was announced as the writer of the biweekly Detective Comics for DC's Rebirth initiative. The new series launched in June of that year with the classic numbering restored starting with issue #934, and featured Batman and Batwoman as co-leads alongside an initial team of Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface.[14]

Tynion has worked on a number of additional titles for DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, and Thrillbent. Tynion became the new writer for Batman as of (vol. 3) #86.[15]

In September 2020, DC Comics announced that Tynion would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.[16]

Personal life[edit]

James Tynion IV is openly bisexual.[17]


Boom Studios[edit]

  • Something Is Killing the Children #1-Ongoing (with Werther Dell'Edera, 2019-Ongoing)
  • The Backstagers 2018 Halloween Intermission (with Rian Sygh, 2018)
  • The Backstagers 2018 Valentine's Intermission (with Rian Sygh, 2018)
  • Eugenic #1–3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2017)
  • The Backstagers #1–8 (with Rian Sygh, 2016–2017)
  • Cognetic #1–3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2015)
  • UFOlogy #1–6 (co-written by Noah James Yuenkel, art by Matt Fox, 2015)
  • The Woods #1–36 (with Michael Dialynas, 2014–2017)
  • Memetic #1–3 (with Eryk Donovan, 2014)
  • Bravest Warriors: Paralyzed Horse Special (with Erica Henderson, 2014)

DC Comics[edit]

  • Batman vol. 2 #8-16, 18-25, 28, 35-39, 49, 52, Annual #1, 3-4 (2012-2016)
  • Batman vol. 3 #85-current (2020-present)
  • Batman and Robin vol. 2 #23.2, 23.3 (2013)
  • Batman and Robin Eternal #1-26 (2015-2016)
  • Batman Eternal #1-52 (2014-2015)
  • Batman: The Joker War Zone #1 (2020)
  • Batman: Lost #1 (2018)
  • Baman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 (2020)
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6 (2016)
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1-6 (2018)
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1-6 (2019)
  • The Batman Who Laughs #1 (2018)
  • The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Hunt #1 (2019)
  • Batwoman vol. 3 #1-6 (2017)
  • Batman: Rebirth #1 (2017)
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer #1-13 (2015-2016)
  • Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 (2018)
  • Dark Days: The Casting #1 (2017)
  • Dark Days: The Forge #1 (2017)
  • Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (2018)
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook #1 (2020)
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal - Legends of the Dark Knights #1 (2020)
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal - Multiverse's End #1 (2020)
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Multiverse Who Laughs #1 (2021)
  • Dark Nights: Death Metal - Rise of the New God #1 (2020)
  • DC Nation vol. 2 #0 (2018)
  • DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1 (2017)
  • DC's Crimes of Passion #1 (2020)
  • DC's Year of the Villain Special #1 (2019)
  • Detective Comics #934-981, 1000, 1027, Annual #1 (2016-2020)
  • Detective Comics vol. 2 #0, 12, 19 (2012)
  • Gotham Acacemy #16 (2016)
  • Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (2020)
  • The Immortal Men #1-6 (2018)
  • The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (2020)
  • Justice League vol. 4 #5, 8, 12-16, 18, 22, 25-35, Annual #1 (2018-2020)
  • Justice League/Aquaman: The Drowned Earth #1
  • Justice League Dark vol. 2 #1-23, Annual #1 (2018-2020)
  • Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1 (2018)
  • Justice League: No Justice #1-4 (2018)
  • The Kamandi Challenge #4 (2017)
  • Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Special #1 (2020)
  • Mysteries of Love in Space #1 (2019)
  • Punchline #1 (2021)
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #19-28, Annual #1 (2013-2014)
  • Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (2020)
  • Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 (2020)
  • Talon #0-14 (2012-2014)
  • Wonder Woman vol. 5 #56-57 (2018)
  • Wonder Woman/Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1 (2018)
  • Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #1-4 (2020)

IDW Publishing[edit]

  • Love is Love ("Pride" short, with Molly Knox Ostertag, 2016)
  • In The Dark: A Horror Anthology ("Why So Sad" short, with Eryk Donovan, 2014)

Image Comics[edit]

  • The Department of Truth #1-Ongoing (with Martin Simmonds, 2020-Ongoing)

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy #5 (with Andy Clarke, 2014)
  • Amazing X-Men #13 (with Jorge Jimenez, 2014)


  • The Eighth Seal (with Jeremy Rock, 2013–2014)
  • The House In The Wall (co-written by Noah J. Yuenkel, art by Eryk Donovan, 2014)

Tiny Onion Studios[edit]

  • Razorblades: The Horror Magazine #1-Ongoing (with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Andy Belanger, 2020-Ongoing)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • 2017 Diamond Gem Award for Licensed TP/HC of the Year for "Batman/TMNT Vol. 1"[18]
  • 2017 PRISM Award for Best Single Issue From A Mainstream Publisher for "The Backstagers #1"[19]
  • 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Woods"[20]


  • 2020 Harvey Award for Book of the Year for "Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1" [21]
  • 2020 Eisner Award for Best New Series for "Something is Killing the Children" [22]
  • 2020 Ringo Award for Best Series for "Something is Killing the Children" [23]
  • 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Woods"
  • 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "The Backstagers"[24]
  • 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "Batwoman"[25]
  • 2015 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book for "Memetic"[26]


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  2. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey. "TYNION SNATCHES A "TALON" FROM "BATMAN"". Comic Book Resources.
  3. ^ "2013 Ghastly Award Nominations". Ghastly Awards.
  4. ^ Truitt, Brian. "Batman springs 'Eternal' in 2014 with new weekly series". USA Today.
  5. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/25123-batman-robin-eternal-and-robin-war-announced.html
  6. ^ Burlingame, Russ. "The Woods #1 Sells Out, Heading Back For Second Printing". Comic Book News.
  7. ^ "Boom Commits To Multi-Year Publishing Deal For James Tynion's The Woods". Bleeding Cool.
  8. ^ Reed, Patrick. "THE DEADLY POWER OF IDEAS: JAMES TYNION IV AND ERYK DONOVAN GO IN-DEPTH ON 'MEMETIC'". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 2014-10-23.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/07/10/the-dark-knight-meets-the-heroes-in-a-half-shell
  11. ^ http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2015.html
  12. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/tynion-yuenkel-look-to-the-sky-in-ufology
  13. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/24915-cognetic-explores-the-escalation-of-the-apocalypse-through-sci-fi-action.html
  14. ^ http://www.newsarama.com/28572-dc-rebirth-batman-family-creative-teams.html
  15. ^ "THE DARK KNIGHT GETS A NEW CREATIVE TEAM IN 2020". DC Comics. September 21, 2019.
  16. ^ Adams, Tim (September 9, 2020). "DC's Batman: Black and White Anthology Series Returns in Late 2020". CBR.com. Archived from the original on September 9, 2020. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  17. ^ http://www.gayleague.com/james-tynion-iv-wants-you-to-know-the-real-him/
  18. ^ https://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/597?articleID=206266
  19. ^ https://www.newsarama.com/35239-2017-prism-awards-winners-full-list.html
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7744506/glaad-media-awards-winners-list
  21. ^ https://www.harveyawards.com/en-us/about/news/harvey-awards-reveal-2020-nominees.html
  22. ^ https://www.comic-con.org/awards/2020-eisner-awards-nominations
  23. ^ https://ringoawards.com/
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2018-02-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ http://www.comicsbeat.com/2017-glaad-media-award-nominees-announced-10-comics-nominated/
  26. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/616708/glaad-media-awards-2015-complete-list-of-nominations
Preceded by
Peter Tomasi
Detective Comics writer
Succeeded by
Bryan Edward Hill
Preceded by
Tom King
Batman writer
Succeeded by