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Old 08-22-2012, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rob Liefeld walks off three DC titles ‘to preserve my sanity’

Rob Liefeld, who teased last month on the heels of Grant Morrison that he too would be leaving DC Comics soon, announced his abrupt departure this morning with a flurry of tweets criticizing his editors and the handling of the New 52. Although he’s listed in the solicitations for Deathstroke, Grifter and The Savage Hawkman through November, the writer/artist states that next month’s zero issues will be his last.

“Officially got off the DC52 treadmill this morning,” he wrote, adding, “I believe in what DC is doing, but had to preserve my sanity. I walked off all 3 books. Can’t wait to see any attempts to spin. I have every email.”

Liefeld was among the original creators when DC launched the New 52 a year ago, penciling and later also writing Hawk & Dove before moving in May to Deathstroke (writing and penciling), The Savage Hawkman and Grifter (plotting both).

“This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick,” he wrote from a theater, where he was watching The Expendables 2. “Never thought the Image section of my book would be topped. This last year was a humdinger. The DC52 chapters will go top all of it. [...] Reasons are the same as everyone’s that you hear. I lasted a few months longer than I thought possible. Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests… No thxnjs. Last week my editor said ‘early on we had a lot of indie talent that weren’t used to re-writes and changes … made it hard.’ Uh, no, it’s you.”

Liefeld is only the latest creator to exit DC’s New 52 titles amid complaints of a relaunch plagued behind the scenes by disorganization and indecision. Notably, George Perez expressed his frustration over the repeated rewrites and lack of creative freedom that he contends led to his run on Superman being cut short.

“Don’t look for any tell all interview with me,” Liefeld added. “Just follow this feed. … the best stuff has not been shared — not even close!”

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DC management is probably like that at some corporations, believing they are completely infallible and that grunts who complain are to blame for all the failures in the comics and movie divisions.
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I can kind of see both sides. Although I am relatively new to comics, it seems like the comics industry is moving in two different directions. On the one hand, there is an influx of creator-owned and independent titles with smaller creative teams doing really interesting and somewhat unprecedented stuff. Alternatively, comics published by the big two have large creative teams working in conjunction with editors to execute crossovers, big events, and to paint a coherent “world.” They also tend to produce stuff similar to what has been done in the past, in part, because they are relying upon their iconic properties. As I understand it, Liefeld is rooted in more of the first model but his most recent projects have had to work within the second model.

Personally, I do not think one model is better than the other. I think they serve different purposes, are targeted towards different readers, and have different end goals. I have only seen Liefeld’s recent work for DC and based on this admittedly limited sample, I am not too crazy about it. I will say, though, that with the number of books he was working on, I am surprised he lasted this long. That many books would drive anyone crazy, even if there were not “creative differences” between creative teams and editors. In any case, I look forward to seeing some new stuff from him when he is working in a space he seems to prefer and that may be better suited towards him.
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rob should take the time off and go back to drawing school .
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rob should take the time off and go back to drawing school .
He should really learn what symmetry is TBH
I really disliked his earlier work. Youndbloods was a laughing farce
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Liefeld shouldn't, and never should have been considered a superstar creator. His art sucks (most people have ankles and wrists that aren't the same circumference as their calves/forearms, Robby) and his writing was hokey. He basically has two facial expressions for all his characters: grinding their teeth together grimace or opened-mouth surprised look. He was a major factor for me not even thinking about buying those titles. Good riddance.

On the other hand, after the September Zero issues, I might be dropping most of my DC titles. One year was good enough. Too much creator turnover on most of the books. Now I can kinda see why.
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On the other hand, after the September Zero issues, I might be dropping most of my DC titles. One year was good enough. Too much creator turnover on most of the books. Now I can kinda see why.
Batman Inc has been really good!
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Batman Inc has been really good!
I tried the first issue. Getting to be too many Bat books out for me.
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I tried the first issue. Getting to be too many Bat books out for me.
This one reads more like a crime mystery more than a typical Batbook.
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