DC creator shuffles: Stormwatch, Constantine, Birds of Prey, more

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DC creator shuffles: <i>Stormwatch</i>, <i>Constantine</i>, <i>Birds of Prey</i>, more

With the launch of Comic Book Resources’ new monthly feature with DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase arrives announcements of a slew of creative changes, including confirmation that Jim Starlin is the new writer of Stormwatch.

Best known for his work on Marvel’s cosmic titles, Starlin has been teasing since early December that he would take the reins on an existing DC series beginning in April. Yvel Guichet joins him as artist. Other creative shifts in April include:

Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes will write the newly launching Constantine, taking over Robert Venditti with Issue 2. “Robert came to us with a fantastic pitch for Constantine,” Harras told CBR. “We really loved what Robert’s doing — he’s working on Demon Knights now, and he’s also working on another project for us that I really can’t go into which is a big deal for us. But at the end of the day, Robert and Dan [DiDio] and I spoke, and Constantine was, for him, one book too many. It was the one thing that we had to go, “If we want you to focus on this one project, maybe we should make a change on Constantine.”

Birds of Prey gets Christy Marx (Sword of Sorcery), replacing Jim Zubkavich, who was announced just last month as the book’s new writer beginning with March’s Issue 18. “Jim had a great pitch for Birds of Prey, but as things came together in discussion and the creative churn, we all saw what Christy was doing on Amethyst, and we were looking at Birds of Prey and internally and editorially we were thinking of taking it in a different direction,” Harras said. “The decision was made that we were going to go in a different direction than what Jim had originally envisioned.”

Teen Titans artist Brett Booth and Nightwing artist Eddy Barrows are swapping books.

They join writer James Tynion IV and artist Mico Suayan, who were announced Friday as the new creative team for Red Hood and the Outlaws, and Charles Soule and KANO, who were revealed as the replacements for Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette on Swamp Thing.