So far it has been all good news coming from DC in regards to their New 52. However yesterday John Rozum, writer of the DC series Static Shock announced on his blog that he is resigning from the title. Noting that he was staying with DC to pursue other creative avenues, his departure from the series just after it’s debut issue is puzzling to say the least.
“My decision to leave was of my own choice. I was not fired. My decision to leave had nothing to do with the character of Static; I think Static is a great character with loads of potential, which I hope will get exploited. Given a lot of people’s suspicious feelings regarding the relationship between DC Comics and Milestone Media, I will also warn not to read into this that my decision was based on any decisions regarding the handling of the character by DC Comics.”
Static Shock was created by the late Dwayne McDuffie, but after his sudden death, DC Comics announced that they were giving the character his own series that would be headed by Rozum and Scott McDaniel. Static Shock first gained mainstream popularity in an animated series that ran four seasons on the WB network.
Rozum went on to say on his blog.
“I maintain a belief that the folks at DC also share a belief that Static has a lot of potential as part of the DCnU and that they would like the character to remain true to his origins and established nature. My decision had nothing to do with DC Comics. I’ve been very happy overall with my time at DC over the roughly 15 years that I’ve worked for them and I plan to continue working with them into the future. The feeling is mutual. I’m developing new material for them even as I write this. DC Comics is in no way responsible for my decision to leave Static Shock, and have been very supportive of this decision.”
At the time of this writing, DC has not announced any future plans for Static Shock nor who would be taking over for Rozum. The first issue of the new comic series hit the stands on September 7.