“We were REALLY honored to have the opportunity to usher Barry, Iris, Patty, Lenny, Forrest and the entire Flash universe into the New 52,” the statement reads. “We’ve lived and breathed Barry and are sorely gonna miss him, but after 3 years and over 30 issues (annuals, zero, Villains Month), we felt it was time to Move Forward and take on a new creative challenge.”
The pair started on “The Flash” in 2010 as the art team on the Geoff Johns-written series launched as part of “Brightest Day,” with Manapul as penciller and inker, and Buccellato as colorist. With the debut of the New 52 in September 2011, Manapul and Buccellato retained their art duties on the book, but also took over as co-writers.
While Buccellato and Manapul are leaving “The Flash,” they’re not leaving DC, disclosing that they’re moving together to a new series at the publisher debuting in March 2014. “We can’t tell you what the series is (yet),” the statement reads, “but we are super excited about this new sandbox we get to play in!”
DC’s December 2013 solicitations, released Monday, listed “The Flash” #26 as written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Neil Googe, in a “special standalone story.” CBR News has confirmed Gage is on the series for one issue. Buccellato and Manapul’s last issue, “The Flash” #25, is a tie-in to the current “Zero Year” story unfolding in “Batman.”