Today, it was announced that the first issue of this series is being delayed in its release. It no longer is an October release, but is now slated for December and it appears that Maguire is no longer the artist on the book. Instead of Maguire, we have Howard Porter taking over the art reigns for the series. Porter was the one who created the conceptual sketches for the series back when it was first announced, so he is no stranger as to what the series is going to try to achieve. So, although I am sad that Maguire is not part of the mix anymore, I can rest easy knowing that Porter will be involved.
What really perplexes me here is that the announcement of the removal was made over social media. Again. Now, it wasn’t a matter of DC coming out and saying “Howard Porter is the new artist on Justice League 3000!” which resulted in Maguire responding to that and saying:
No, instead the original message about the change in teams originated from Maguire himself. Things went a little haywire and response from a number of fronts was just as crazy. Although neither camp is indicating exactly what happened, it appears that Maguire was notified he was off of the book, to which he posted to Twitter:
The same message was simultaneously relayed to Facebook. Immediately, there were fans denouncing DC and posing the question of “How could they do such a thing?”. 3 hours after the original post, Maguire posted the following:
Update: In the few minutes since I posted this article, it came to my attention that Kevin Maguire has commented a little more as to the situation. In his owns words from the forums at Bleeding Cool:
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.
Regardless, I am saddened that my JLI creative team will not be reuniting for a new Justice League series but instead I am hopeful that maybe this means that the team will reunite for a new version of Justice League International (and maybe I’m one of the few that really enjoyed that book, what with it being cancelled and all it must have been “the few”). I am still looking forward to seeing what JL3K will be like as the original concepts from Porter looked really cool and I loved what I saw, especially the new look for Green Lantern (which has me hoping we will see what the Corps looks like at that time). Right now, even though I know it’s from way far in the future, visions of DC 1,000,000 are swirling around in my head. Even with Maguire off the book, it still sounds like an interesting read and we’ll see what happens and at least it takes place in the future so there are no stories that will be impacted in the main DCU with the delay. Time will tell, and I look forward to seeing how the new Justice League plays out!