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January 18, 2009

DC Doesn’t Care About People Who Care About Creative Teams

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 11:49 am
Justice League of America #29

Justice League of America #29

Why? Because they don’t!

A couple of weeks ago or so, I read an interview with Len Wein that involved his upcoming work – the Final Crisis: Secret Files, which I knew about, and the Superman/Batman Annual, but Justice League of America #29? That’s odd, a straight-up writer change? Why wouldn’t they announce that?

A few days after that, I saw a thread at ComicBloc posted by ubiquitous Internet message board ball of enthusiasm General Grievous about a MySpace post made by ChrisCross that he was doing JLA #29. Which excited me at first, since JLA’s in the middle of a Milestone story and that’s where he got his start, and it’d be nice to see them drawn properly by a dude who has a concept of how to draw non-white people with various-sized asses and different faces. Pantazis’ll probably color them all white, but I guess you take what you can get at this point.

Then I realized, that’s the Len Wein issue. Surely there’s some mistake, why the Hell would DC bring ChrisCross into JLA for a fill-in if it isn’t to work with Dwayne McDuffie on some Milestone stuff? I mean, not that he isn’t an exceptional penciller and a fantastic storyteller, but it’s an obvious fit.

And seriously, does DC think people aren’t going to notice when they do stuff like this? That they won’t care? This was kind of ignored with Supergirl, but Justice League of America is their strongest-selling ongoing right now (possibly excepting Batman) and to completely change the entire creative team without announcing it so that it’s only discovered by me on eBay when somebody puts up a cover scan is just pretty damn douchebaggy. Come on, DC, Marvel communicates all their creator changes via the Diamond update service – is it really that hard to let us know? Is it that dangerous?

Retailers, do you guys find out about this stuff? It just seems incredibly irresponsible. I’m fine with picking up, say, an issue of Immortal Iron Fist or something and finding out a few pages are by Russ Heath, but a completely different writer/artist team than solicited, without a single update sent to the comics press or readers that this is happening, on one of your top-selling titles, is just really, really, really shitty.

5 Comments »

  1. It really, really is. And the funny thing is, it isn’t the first or last time it’ll happen. It happened with Final Crisis: Secret Files; I mean people bought it and were like: “Where’s my Quitely interior art?? Where’s my Morrison main story that will explain away the inconsistencies between DC events and help me cope with my night terrors and childhood memories??? Who gives a fuck about Libra???” It will happen with JLA #31, which while was solicited with art by Ed Benes, was corrected in the Newsarama forums, in the same day solicit previews were sent out, by Shane Davis, who clarified that he was doing the art, not Benes.

    One has to wonder what goes on in the minds of DC editorial these days, though Marvel’s not much better either (I’m looking at you, Spider-Man 583.)

    Comment by Preston — January 19, 2009 @ 2:21 am

  2. What you say is true but the silver lining in this particular case is that Ed Benes is not drawing JLA. For the first time in two and half years we might get 4 months of JLA stories with competent art!

    What really gets me is that it’s not hard to get the word across. Send an e-mail.

    Comment by kwaku — January 19, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  3. Everything you say is true, but hasn’t the whole basis of Big Two continuity and company-owned characters and regular monthly titles been all along that the reader isn’t supposed to care so much about creative teams? I mean, step way back from the details a moment: the idea that the characters sell comics while creators are interchangeable is implicit in the whole setup.

    Comment by RAB — January 21, 2009 @ 9:20 pm

  4. Kwaku stole my comment.

    Comment by chrishaley — January 22, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

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