Following the news of DC Comics firing Kevin Maguire from “Justice League 3000” and replacing him with Howard Porter, Maguire has posted a statement on the Bleeding Cool Forums, bringing context to the current situation and what the future holds for him in comics.
“Well, I don’t want to make any big deal about it but I suppose I should say something,” Maguire said via the Bleeding Cool message boards. “This is, as I tweeted, very humiliating. Obviously, I was looking forward to working on a fairly high profile book. I haven’t had a top ten book since the ’80s and I thought this would finally be my shot at doing one. But it’s DC’s book, it’s their property, they can do whatever they want with it. They don’t owe me anything. I’ve been told they wanted a book that was “dark and gritty”, so I’m perplexed as to why they chose us for that. We did exactly the kind of book you would expect from us. Lots of action and humor. And I turned down a [Brian] Bendis X-Men project to do ‘JL3K.’
“As for my doing other projects with DC, they offered me a four page story and a 10 page digital first story,” he continued. “They’re paychecks, so I’m grateful for that, but they’re no ‘Justice League’ #1. I really don’t want to do back ups and fill-ins for my career. So, right now, I’ll do the four pager and then I think that’ll be it for me and DC for a while. I’ve received some interesting offers from other companies. Marvel generously offered me an issue of a cool book, so I’m going to do that for now, then see what happens. I was supposed to do Baltimore Comic Con next month with [Keith] Giffen and [J.M.] DeMatteis, but I’ll be canceling that for obvious reason. Apart from the fact that I no longer have a project to promote with them, Giffen’s Newsarama quote, which I’m certain had no intended malice, still kinda stung. That’s it. That covers all I have to say about this. It’ll be forgotten news by next week and we all move on with our lives.”
Maguire was announced as the ongoing artist for “Justice League 3000” when the series was revealed in June, which would have reunited Giffen, DeMatteis and Maguire — the team behind the 1986 “Bwahaha” relaunch of “Justice League.” Originally solicited for October, the debut of the series has been rescheduled for December.