UPDATE: Kevin Maguire RESPONDS TO THE Justice League 3000 Replacement Announcement
Well that was fast! Last night we brought you the strange tale of Kevin Maguire being fired, courted by Marvel, and then offered other DC projects over the course of 6 confusing hours (click here for the original story). Today Maguire’s replacement for Justice League 3000 has been announced. Maguire’s former collaborators Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis will now be collaborating with former JLA artist Howard Porter. Due to the artist change on issue #1, the book will be bumped from October to December. Keith Giffen spoke to Newsarama about the change.
Keith Giffen didn’t say anything about Maguire’s departure, but he did praise the new artist. He told Newsarama:
The guy who nailed the character designs on the interior of the book? The guy who teamed with Grant Morrison to make JLA a hit? This is what they call a no-brainer. Welcome aboard Howard. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful collaboration.
Porter had already been involved with Justice League 3000, having drawn the futuristic character redesigns for the characters. It’s interesting that Giffen is so upbeat about the unexpected change. It makes you wonder what happened either between DC and Maguire or Maguire and Giffen/DeMatteis that caused the abrupt departure. Hopefully we get an official explanation or at least a statement from someone involved before long. What do you think about Porter stepping in as the series’ artist? Will you be giving this one a shot come December?
UPDATE: Kevin Maguire read Bleeding Cool‘s report regarding the Howard Porter announcement and took to their forums to the news. Let’s just say he’s not too pleased with Giffen’s remarks. The artist also confirms that he is indeed talking to Marvel, as we reported yesterday (via Bleeding Cool obviously):
Well, I don’t want to make any big deal about it but I suppose I should say something. This is, as I tweeted, very humiliating. Obviously, I was looking forward to working on a fairly high profile book. I haven’t had a top ten book since the 80s and I thought this would finally be my shot at doing one. But it’s DC‘s book, it’s their property, they can do whatever they want with it. They don’t owe me anything. I’ve been told they wanted a book that was “dark and gritty”, so I’m perplexed as to why they chose us for that. We did exactly the kind of book you would expect from us. Lots of action and humor. AND I turned down a Bendis X-Men project to do JL3K.
As for my doing other projects with DC, they offered me a four page story and a 10 page digital first story. They’re paychecks, so I’m grateful for that, but they’re no Justice League #1. I really don’t want to do back ups and fill-ins for my career. So, right now, I’ll do the four pager and then I think that’ll be it for me and DC for a while. I’ve received some interesting offers from other companies. Marvel generously offered me an issue of a cool book, so I’m going to do that for now, then see what happens.
I was supposed to do Baltimore Comic Con next month with Giffen and DeMatteis, but I’ll be canceling that for obvious reason. Apart from the fact that I no longer have a project to promote with them, Giffen’s Newsarama quote, which I’m certain had no intended malice, still kinda stung.
That’s it. That covers all I have to say about this. It’ll be forgotten news by next week and we all move on with our lives.
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Source : Newsarama