Jan
26

Please Just Tell Us

Posted by David Uzumeri on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 at 10:04:44 PM

DC Comics creative changes on stories from solicitation to publication for the month of January 2010, not including material released tomorrow morning (January 27) that has not had the credits page released in preview form.

Let me know if I missed any announcements that weren’t postings of preview pages.

Catwoman #83 – Fabian Nicieza & Julian Lopez replaced with Tony Bedard, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Ibraim Roberson and Marcos Marz
Batman: Streets of Gotham #8 – writer Paul Dini replaced with Mike Benson
Gotham City Sirens #8 – writer Paul Dini replaced with plot by Guillem March and script by Marc Andreyko
Blackest Night: JSA #2 – Tony Bedard added as co-writer with solicited James Robinson; Marcos Marz added as co-penciller with solicited Eddy Barrows
The Question #37 – Denny O’Neil added as co-writer with solicited Greg Rucka (announced)
R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 – artist Claude St. Aubin replaced with Geraldo Borges
Warlord #10 – artist Mike Grell only does two pages; bulk done by unsolicited Chad Hardin
Justice League: Cry for Justice #6 – artist Mauro Cascioli replaced with Scott Clark
The Web #5 – artist Roger Robinson replaced with Talent Caldwell (announced)
The Brave and the Bold #31 -artist Jesus Saiz replaced by Chad Hardin and Justiniano
Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #2 – Eduardo Pansica added as co-penciller alongside solicited Nicola Scott
The Atom and Hawkman #46 – Fernando Pasarin added as co-artist alongside solicited Ryan Sook
Titans #21 – Chris Batista added as co-artist alongside solicited Angel Unzueta
Superman: World of New Krypton #11 – Ron Randall added as co-artist alongside solicited Pete Woods
The Outsiders #26 – Don Kramer added as co-artist alongside solicited Philip Tan

Edited to add: For the sake of comparison – I don’t mean to turn it into a DC/Marvel shitfight, but it’s worth noting – here’s Marvel’s track record for January 2010 solicited titles. It’s better, but it’s far from perfect, and Previews apparently taking down their Product Changes archive (why would they do this? who does that knowledge hurt?) has made tracking down the announcements a bit more difficult than I expected. As above, let me know if I missed any announcements.

New Avengers #61 – Daniel Acuna added as co-artist alongside solicited Stuart Immonen (announced unofficially on Twitter)
Avengers: The Initiative #32 – artist Rafa Sandoval replaced by Mahmud Asrar (announced)
Amazing Spider-Man #617 – artist Javier Pulido does unsolicited backup (unannounced)
Web of Spider-Man #4 – Eric Canete draws third story originally solicited as “More” (announced)
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #4 – Alessandro Vitti added as co-artist alongside solicited Jefte Palo (unannounced)
Iron Man vs. Whiplash #3 – Andrea Mutti added as co-artist alongside solicited Phil Briones (unannounced)
Incredible Hulk #606 – unsolicited Red She-Hulk backup by Harrison Wilcox & Ryan Stegman; solicited for 607 on (unannounced)
Ms. Marvel #49 – Ben Oliver added as co-artist alongside solicited Sana Takeda (announced)
Avengers vs. Atlas #1 – artist Takeshi Miyazawa does unsolicited backup (unannounced)
Punisher #13 – Mike Hawthorne added as co-artist alongside solicited Tony Moore (unannounced)
Thunderbolts #140 – Sergio Arino added as co-artist alongside solicited Miguel Sepulveda (announced)
Realm of Kings: Inhumans #3 – artist Pablo Raimondi replaced by Wellinton Alves (announced)
X-Men Forever #16 – solicited mystery artist is Graham Nolan (unannounced)

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11 Responses

  1. May I add…

    Justice League: Cry for Justice #6 – Mauro Cascioli replaced by Scott Clark

    And we had to wait one extra month to see this comic and still they didn’t announced!

    I’m really piss with this one…

  2. Sorry, I didn’t read it before and I see it now haha. But still, I’m piss.

  3. This is a really annoying practice, one that comes out of incompetence rather than any real malicious will.

    Who do we even blame for this anyway?

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  6. Joe Casey got a co-writer on IRON MAN 1.5, which also got a post-solicitation price increase to $ 3.99.

    As much as I like Casey’s two previous Iron Man minis, this pretty much killed my interest in the book, and I’d be miffed if I hadn’t caught the change at Diamond’s “product update” page.

  7. I could have sworn the Rhino backup was announced in a product update.

  8. The DC art changes are obviously in keeping with their effort to get books out on time. Can’t have it both ways, but people will bitch either way.

  9. Also, Dark Reign: Hawkeye #5 finally limped into stores today, with a co-writer (Antony Johnston) and a new artist (Andres Guinaldo). Granted, Diggle admitted a while ago on Twitter that he screwed this up by not even delivering the script for #5 on time. Tucker Stone, of course, will blame this on Alpha Flight fanboys somehow.

  10. Honestly, I don’t mind DC doing little creative swaps to keep their line running on time. It’s better than the Flash Rebirth scenario where the lynchpin book for a franchise is about four months late.

    And Mavel has had more problems with lateness, so there really is a balance to it.

  11. Brendan T: I can kind of see where you’re coming from, but the argument isn’t “fuck all fill-in artists forever and give me comics on time with the right creative team always”. It’s that people find out about these changes when everything is already signed, sealed and delivered. Since orders for comics have to be placed well in advance and are very rarely returnable, people are still recieving something entirely different than they ordered.
    It’s like going to a restaurant, ordering a T-bone steak and recieving a mushroom pizza. Except you can’t send the pizza back to get a steak and are forced to pay for it.

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