DC/Wildstorm's flagship title is about to have a changing of the guard.
As first reported by the Comic Wire in September, writer Scott Lobdell and Travis Charest are leaving their writing and art chores on "Wildcats," to be replaced by Joe Casey and Sean Phillips respectively, although Charest will continue to do covers for the now-monthly book.
The reasons for the change haven't exactly been a secret: The book had been plagued with delays, often lain at Charest's feet, along with some much-publicized creative disagreements between Lobdell and Charest.
Casey, Lobdell and editor Scott Dunbier have all spoken about the book's present and future incarnations, but the man at the eye of the storm has remained silent. Until now.
"Obviously, everybody knows now that I am off the 'Wildcats' book," Charest wrote to the Official Unofficial Charest Art Gallery on Wednesday. "I am just writing to say that I made a mistake in thinking that I could handle the deadlines on the book, and in the process, the book suffered. You probably never got to see the stories as they should have been because as a by-product of my lateness, shortcuts were constantly being made, and compromises in the narrative and setting were the order of the day. Everyone tried to do their best to make this book the best it could be and I undermined all their efforts by not trying hard enough to make a deadline. This should have been one the best comics out there and now Sean and Joe are going to ensure that it will be. I have seen the first Sean pages and they are incredible, and after reading Joe's first solo script I wish that I was still drawing the book, the pacing, dialogue, and atmosphere are perfect for the characters in this book. It's rather embarrassing to fall on one's ass like I've done, and it's taught me a valuable lesson, to not let my reach exceed my grasp.
"Thanks for listening and supporting the book."
"Wildcats" #8, the first with Casey and Phillips, is scheduled for a February 2000 release.