Bleeding Cool reports that Brian Wood is no longer the writer of “Spawn.” The writer of “DMZ,” “The Massive” and Marvel’s “Moon Knight” was set to take over writing duties as part of a new direction for the long-running Image Comics series beginning with February’s “Spawn Resurrection” and March’s “Spawn” #251. The writer has also confirmed the report that he is off the series on Twitter.
Wood was previously announced as the writer for Todd McFarlane’s flagship series, along with Jonboy Meyers on art, but explained to Bleeding Cool that he was removed from the job after raising “objections to to the considerable extent to which my script and the larger plot was being rewritten.”
Below is Wood’s full statement to Bleeding Cool:
“For the sake of readers and retailers who read the current Image solicits (March 2015), I just want to sent out a little PSA and say that I am not the writer of Spawn #251. I’m actually not the writer of the Spawn title after all. I delivered, to spec, the script for February’s Spawn Resurrection #1 special but raised objections to the considerable extent to which my script and the larger plot was being rewritten during production. I was then removed from the job. I’m not trying to complain or spark drama, but I do think that the audience and the retailers laying down money for the book should be aware when there is a creative team change, especially this close to the book’s release. I’m sorry to anyone who was looking forward to my work on Spawn – its a bummer for me too.”
Wood’s run was to see the return of Al Simmons following McFarlane’s last issue writing the series, “Spawn” #250.