Rumors of a huge scandal are brewing at DC Comics, and The Outhouse is here to steal the story from Bleeding Cool!
Source: Bleeding Cool
We make fun of Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool a lot, because he deserves it, but we'll be damned if he doesn't break 99% of the "real" stories that populate the 24 hour comics news cycle. Johnston is reporting that the source that correctly revealed the Gail Simone firing late last year (the source is widely believed to be Johnston himself in a dress and a wig posing as Dan Didio's secretary), which led ultimately to the story circulating around the net and DC being forced to reinstate Simone, is saying that there are a lot more shakeups coming to DC's creative teams as a reaction to the success of Marvel's Marvel NOW! sales initiative. According to Johnston, DC will look to shake things up both in their fictional universe and in the creative teams shaping that universe, and that the changes will involve books and teams that have already been solicited, some of which have not even seen their first issue published.
To make things even more interesting, Johnston reports that DC is trying to convince certain websites (read: Newsarama, CBR, IGN, etc) to remove old press releases highlighting creative teams that are changing. In addition, DC is allegedly attempting to coerce creators who have been released into not speaking about it publicly in order to avoid another Gail Simone situation, with promises of future work at DC if they comply. It is unknown if the promise of future work is retroactive as Rob Liefeld will surely be in the market for more work once Image United and Youngblood are completed in a timely manner.
These kinds of allegations, while not worse than over 400 counts of pedophilia, are pretty shocking, (except the idea of coercing websites into acting as an extension of a publisher's marketing department, which is commonplace), so The Outhouse is glad that it is Johnston making them, and we are just reporting on what he said.
Of course, without the signature irreverent and satirical style of The Outhouse, this article would be little more than simply copying Johnston's report to siphon unique hits, so, in the interest of variety, we present this clip from the greatest episode of 70s motorcycle cop drama CHiPs, in which Happy Days' Donnie Most plays a satanic heavy metal singer: