UPDATE 8/8/2013 3:45 PM PT: Kevin Maguire has clarified his earlier statements on social media saying he was fired with a post on Facebook, which states that while he still has projects coming down the line from DC Comics, he is no longer working on the highly anticipated “Justice League 3000” with fellow former “Justice League” collaborators Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.
“After a few confusing hours, I kind of know where things stand and why,” Maguire said in a Facebook post. “Though I’m still a bit perplexed as to how it got to this point. As for work, I’ve been offered some fun interesting stuff, many of which came from DC, who were very eager to keep me working there, so I’ll be fine on that score, but it would have been great to do another Justice League with Giffen and DeMatteis. Oh, well… onward and upward…”
“Justice League 3000” artist Kevin Maguire may have been fired from DC Comics. Earlier today, the artist took to social media — both Twitter and Facebook with a single statement: “I think I was just fired.”
While the artist has yet to follow-up on the comment (other than asking, “Anyone have any comics they need drawn?”) or offer any clarification of the circumstances of his stated termination, the prospect of Maguire departing DC Comics in any fashion is certainly disappointing. Especially so for fans looking forward to “Justice League 3000,” a book which planned to reunite the creative team behind one of the most beloved runs on “Justice League”: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and Maguire. The artist’s most recent assignment in the New 52 was rotating art duties with George Perez on “Worlds’ Finest.” He was expected to pick up with “Justice League 3000” with the series’ debut in October.
Maguire is the latest in a string of high-profile exits from DC by creative talent, though he’s one of the few since Gail Simone’s firing from “Batgirl” and subsequent re-hiring where the departure wasn’t voluntary. James Robinson left the company in May, while Andy Diggle departed “Action Comics” in March before his first issue even hit stands.
CBR News reached out to Maguire, who had not responded by time of press.
CBR also reached out both to series writer Keith Giffen and DC Comics, both of whom declined comment and did not offer any further information as to the future of “Justice League 3000.” The publisher also did not officially confirm Maguire’s termination.