The news broke from DC that several books are to be cancelled soon, and several writers will be moved around in response to these changes. The news was the main focus of a recent interview DC Editor in Chief Bob Harris and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase gave to CBR.
There are many writers being shifted over to other books due to this rather big move. Six books are being cancelled out of the New 52. Those titles include: Fury Of The Firestorm, Ravagers, Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke, Sword Of Sorcery, and Team 7.
Harris and Chase also broke some news with what would happen to some of the writers of the books. Justin Jordan, current writer of Deathstroke and Team 7, will move over to Superboy (edited by Eddie Berganza). Christy Marx was already announced as taking over Birds of Prey from Jim Zubkavich, and now we can see why with Marx’s current title Sword of Sorcery being cancelled.
Ravager’s new writer, Michael Alan Nelson, will get bumped over to another book edited by Eddie Berganza, Supergirl. Current Supergirl scribe Mike Johnson is not planned to continue on another DC book.
Dan Jurgens, writer for Fury of the Firestorm, tweeted the following shortly after thanking Rob Liefeld for Liefeld stating that Jurgens should be awarded a purple heart for his efforts at DC over the decades: “We gave it our best shot and did everything we could to find a market, despite no promotion or help of any kind. Sadly, it didn’t work out.” Jurgen’s commenets mimick Liefeld’s previous comments that there was little promotion for when Liefeld took over several DC books shortly before Liefeld departed DC. Jurgens is not listed as a writer or artist for any other current DC book.
Tom DeFalco will be the writer for the last two issues of Fury of Firestorm, and he is being replaced on Superboy. So where will he go? No word yet on any other book he will be writing, although DC has to replace these six cancelled titles somehow.
Interesting enough, the only news for any artist changes was a little hidden gem overlooked in the interview. Francis Portella will be taking over art duties for Legion of Superheroes, which is a tacit acknowledgement of the rumor that Keith Giffen will be leaving the book.
In other creator changes, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti will be taking over the writing duties for Batwing.