Justice League 3000 In Trouble: The Strange Tale Of Kevin Maguire Being Fired And His Flirtation With Marvel


justice league 3000This is a bit of a confusing story that’s been developing over the last several hours. It was only a few months ago that DC announced a new title to fill the void left by the cancellation of Legion of Super-Heroes. The new series, called Justice League 3000, would reunite the beloved Justice League team of J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, and Kevin Maguire (you can click here for the original announcement). Not a lot was revealed about the title, but it was solicited for October and some of the team were making the rounds teasing big things with the Justice League story set in the far-off future. Today Maguire took to social media and revealed he was fired.  From there, things got weird.

The artist took to his Twitter and Facebook accounts:


On his Facebook account he added “I don’t know what there is to get in front of. I don’t know what’s going on. This morning I had something to work on and now I don’t. Right now, my primary concern is to have something to do starting tomorrow that pays the bills.” After those posts, an outpouring of support was thrown at Maguire over his social media accounts. A lot of people offered him projects or tried to get him involved with their creator owned properties, but Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso sent out this interesting message.

Then writer Brian Michael Bendis got in touch with the artist:


That was a few hours ago, but something else has happened since then. Maguire took to his Facebook page yet again with another update:

Well, first off, thanks everyone for your warm regards. After a few confusing hours, I kind of know where things stand and why. Though I’m still a bit perplexed as to how it got to this point. As for work, I’ve been offered some fun interesting stuff, many of which came from DC,who were very eager to keep me working there, so I’ll be fine on that score, but it would have been great to do another Justice League with Giffen and DeMatteis. Oh,well…onward and upward…

Maybe DC saw Marvel trying to snatch him up and decided they needed to keep him on their side of the fence. The publisher has had some high profile departures the last several months. I don’t know, but it’s interesting to see all the things that happened over the course of six or seven hours. Maguire has a lot of offers on the table so he can have his pick of whatever he wants to do next. DC has offered him alternate projects, but Maguire confirms he isn’t working on Justice League 3000 with Giffen and DeMatteis anymore. Who knows what happened? Maybe we’ll learn more during the next couple of hours. What do you think about Justice League 3000 splitting up the fan-favorite team? How long do you think the book will be delayed?

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