The End Of The Road
Creative runs end. It’s a matter of fact in the comic book world. Just like it can’t be fall all year round, we can’t have our favorite creators on our favorite books until the end of time. Rob Liefield’s recent departure from the DC offices, coupled with the rumors that Rick Remender may be leaving Uncanny X-Force and that Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis will be leaving Aquaman with issue 16(plus the just announced fact that Ed Brubaker is leaving Winter Soldier with issue 15) have had me thinking about this. Remender has already left one title that I love, Venom, which I honestly don’t believe I would’ve liked as much as I did if there was a different writer penning Flash Thompson in the suit. I’m sure Cullen Bunn will do a great job, but to be honest, Remender put such a unique stamp on the character that it’ll be hard for someone to pick up where he left off.
With Marvel NOW!’s new initiative and the upcoming “0” issues for DC, now is as good a time as any for creators to tie up storylines and try out other ideas with new characters. I certainly understand the desire to shake things up creatively, as I’m sure Geoff Johns, while doing an incredible job on Green Lantern, probably wants to do something new. While he’s staying on with Hal Jordan and Sinestro, I am pretty disappointed that he’s leaving Aquaman so soon. I had hopes that he would build to a grand epic like he did with GL, and he’s done some amazing things to legitimize a character that to many seemed like a joke.
Speaking of DC, I’m not Rob Liefield’s biggest fan by a long shot, but I do think he made some valid points regarding DC’s editorial decisions this past week when he started his twitter rant. You can argue how professional his decision was to take his grievances to social media were, but he’s not the first big industry name to decry DC after leaving. George Perez had some not so great things to say about them a few months ago after leaving Superman, and Gail Simone, who’s still currently writing books for the new 52 line, had expressed some difficulties following her departure from The Fury Of Firestorm.
I suppose what I’m getting at is this: we have no idea what goes on in the day-to-day decisions behind our favorite characters and titles. Sure, we have some, in so much as buying or not buying a title can affect the editorial decisions of the major publishers, but for the large part, we’re just along for the ride. We love these characters, but at the same time, we unfortunately don’t own them, which is apparent to the writers and artists that are leaving the big two in droves in favor of creator owned work. While I’m sad to see Remender leave Venom, his name has now become a “must buy” one when I see it on a book, which in the long run, is much better for him as a writer than Marvel as a company.