Grifter #14Two days after publicly announcing his departure from DC Comics on Twitter, citing editorial interference, indecision and "last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything" as the reasons behind his decision, Rob Liefeld has returned to the social network to offer details on his experience at DC.
Explaining that "this isn't juicy stuff, this is nuts and bolts stuff," Liefeld described multiple occasions where he was given contradictory editorial direction or notes on the three DC New 52 titles he was involved with, Deathstroke, Grifter and The Savage Hawkman.
"When I speak of re-write's at DC, I'm speaking of having to implement the latest editorial directive. Mostly at the last minute," he wrote. "Grifter was supposed to be part of a huge fall cross-over. Grifter was to cross-over into a larger story with Helspont and the Daemonites. The other titles were Superman, Supergirl, Red Lantern[s]... I was told that Voodoo was ending and to implement her into the story. I had to connect to the events in the Superman annual. Grifter was featured in the Superman annual, as was Hawkman. I wrote Grifter #13 and it placed him in the center of the Daemonite plot. I arrived at Comic-con to be informed that the Superman office changed their mind, whatever that means and there was now no fall cross-over. So issue #13 had to be re-written from page one."Grifter #0 That was merely one of the many changes on the title, apparently. He continued by tweeting: "After getting clearance on Grifter #0, late in the process, [it was decided that] he could no longer be of alien heritage as I was writing him in issues #9-12," necessitating another re-write. "[I] took pride in making every change as fast as possible. But eventually [you] realize the loop is non-stop," Liefeld said.
The most problematic series for the creator was apparently The Savage Hawkman. Writing that the title originally "really worked, they let me rip," things apparently hit a roadblock early on.
"There was an editorial shift and everything I'd laid out and was approved was unraveling. I stood my ground in defense of what I thought was a strong, positive vision," Liefeld explained, saying that he quit the book on July 4th, feeling that he thought that the editor wanted to write the book for himself. This apparently resulted in the swift movement from someone higher in the DC Comics food chain, as Liefeld went on to explain that "on July 5th I was assured that there would be an editorial change, [the editor in question] had a bad track record and had previous creator conflicts."Savage Hawkman #0 Once the new editor was installed, problems apparently persisted; Liefeld explains that Ann Nocenti, writer of Green Arrow and incoming Catwoman writer, suggested a change to the Hawkman #0 #0 script that Liefeld disagreed with, and the editor "entertained her notion… So I left."
(In Liefeld's telling, this led to DC executives telling Liefeld that "they would remove him," meaning the editor; as he goes on to say "By July, I had a new editor, my 3rd on Hawkman in 6 months," it's unclear if he's talking about the July 4th/5th editorial replacement, or whether conflict between the creator and editorial led to two replacement editors.)
According to Liefeld, he "loved being deep in the corporate culture for a year[, did] my best to be a good team player [and] was well compensated" for the experience. This sort of thing, he wrote, "comes with the game if you accept the assignments," but he feels that "the new corporate culture of both companies [DC and Marvel] has never been more stressful because they are in the crosshairs of parent companies."
However, he added, "The synergy in trying to fuse the comics with the larger entertainment component can be very exciting. And rewarding." Liefeld has personal experience with that last point, of course; earlier this week, it was announced that his creator-owned series Bloodstrike has been optioned for development as a movie, with the creator acting as a producer on the project.
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