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Liefeld Leaves DC
Published on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by

Rob Liefeld announced today that the zero issues of Grifter, Hawkman and Deathstroke would be his last at DC.

Adding more fuel to the fire that there is a huge issue at DC, Rob Liefeld announced via twitter that he was abruptly leaving his three DC titles. When the new 52 launched, Liefeld was the penciler on Hawk and Dove. He quickly became the writer and penciler and then left that title when it was canceled to take over three other struggling titles: Grifter (plotter), Hawkman (plotter) and Deathstroke (writer and penciler).

Now he’s leaving those titles as well, citing issues with editorial. Which is a problem that’s been brought up by others that have abruptly left books, like George Perez. It’s getting harder and harder to ignore a growing problem at DC. With so many creative changes as well as creators leaving books angrily, there is a major issue that needs to be addressed.

Some of Liefeld’s many tweets on the subject:

I believe in what DC is doing, but had to preserve my sanity. I walked off all 3 books. Can’t wait to see any attempts to spin. I have every email. The 0’s are my last issues. Thanks for all the love. This is the 4th time I quit in the last 4 months. This time it will stick. Never thought the Image section of my book would be topped. This last year was a humdinger. The DC52 chapters will go top all of it.

Reasons are the same as everyone’s that you hear. I lasted a few months longer than I thought possible. Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests… No thxnjs

Last week my editor said ” early on we had a lot of indie talent that weren’t used to re-writes and changes..made it hard”. Uh, no, it’s you

5 Responses
    • The only indie creators that I can think of that started with the New 52 were Nathan Edmondson, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mike Costa. Everyone else had either worked for DC or been in comics for awhile. Could possibly include Jeff Lemire but he had worked at Vertigo for awhile.

    • I’ve never been a huge fan of Liefeld. He’s got potential but always struck me as a bit lazy so I’d never consider his leaving a book to be a bad thing however this is getting out of hand and I don’t see the company surviving much longer under circumstances.

    • Editorial problems? Those never happen, however I think DC will survive that problem. Comics right now have an unprecedented pool of talent they can pool from. Frankly, I always scratched my head that DC didn’t try to utilize new and fresher talent than going for the old guard so much

      • Maybe his name is still a draw (for whatever reason, whether people buy his stuff out of unironic and earnest appreciation or just so they can mock his drawings or a combination of both), but I’m fairly sure Liefeld’s old X-Book/Image Comics connections with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee played into the decision to place him in a number of high-profile “New 52″ books.

        If his name and celebrity factored into his hiring, their value in selling the books weren’t apparent at my LCS… my local shop was giving away full BOXES of Liefeld’s recent Hawk & Dove comics. Not selling them at deep, deep discounts. Giving them away. Of course, maybe my shop over-ordered on the New 52 stuff.

    • in the long run, Liefeld’s departure can only bring good things.

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