Things fall apart…Posted: November 18, 2008
Things are looking up at DC Comics these days, according to Lying in the Gutters:
A familiar source known collectively as “New York comics industry employees talking in bars” tells me that the last issue of “Final Crisis” is further delayed as it is suffering from serious rewrites. It appears that DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio was unhappy with the way the story concluded and the implications for the DC Universe for a while and had ordered changes from a, naturally, rather unhappy Grant Morrison. Considering this is the way he wrote the pitch for the book.
As a result, creative teams working on a number of spinoff and affected books have also had to stop work while the “Final Crisis” ending is reworked.
Expect more lateness, more annoyance and less likelihood of Grant Morrison doing DCU work in the near future.
Morrison is not the only person having difficulties with DiDio’s direction. I understand that James Robinson and Dan had a stand up argument that led to Robinson quitting the Superman books and the DCU in general.
If either of these things end up being true things are looking pretty rough. Robinson was supposed to be part of the big Superman roll-out of late 2008-2009 that Didio spent all of last summer promoting. To have it fall apart before it got really started…
Then Morrison. DC has spent AT LEAST the year promoting Final Crisis. To back out at the last second of whatever Morrison had planned shows a dangerous lack of confidence from Didio’s end. If Didio really had concerns over they’ve had a long while to fix them up in a way that could make DC editorial and creative happy.
It is a fanboy pasttime to predict the coming end of an editorial regime at one of the big two. Many – myself, included – have predicted Dan Didio’s downfall before. I can’t honestly say things are “different” this time – with this scandal – except the economy. In this spiral-fuck we’re in right now, with consumers cutting back everywhere, will WB and DC publishing allow their editorial to shit all over big name – really big $$$ – creators?
Personally, I think that DC’s editorial vision has been flawed at least since 52 (lots of failed big relaunches, new books, creative upheaval, etc.). This is just the latest symptom of Didio’s shaky editorial vision. It really seems that he’s been pissing in the wind of the last couple of years and now he’s finally getting soaked.
Of course, these rumors could easily be full of shit.