It's happened again, folks! Another creator has fallen victim to DC Comics corporate malevolence, as Bleeding Cool rumor-monger Rich Johnston reported last night that artist Pete Woods will be leaving Justice League of America's Vibe after drawing only six issues. The announcement comes on the heels of month after month of embarrassing screw-ups and creator walk-offs at DC, and we're excited to hear what the bumbling company has done this time. From a letter Woods sent to Johnston:
I’m currently halfway through drawing issue 6 of VIBE which will be my final issue. The next major project I do will not be a DC project.
Yes! Give us the dirt, Pete! What did they do?!
With all the sensationalism that goes on these days I feel I should make several things clear.
First- I LOVE working on VIBE and hate to leave it. It’s a fantastic book and exactly what fans always say they want. Sterling Gates is doing a kick-ass job and there’s plenty more fun in the future of the character. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE- if you haven’t tried VIBE then give it a shot. It’s fantastic. Even without me drawing it.
Alright, we got it. You gotta stay loyal to Sterling Gates. That's classy. Now dish the dirt. Did DC try to kill Vibe and replace him with a white guy? Did they constantly insist on last minute editorial changes? Did Dan Didio have an obnoxious habit of eating your lunch out of the office fridge despite it clearly being labeled "Pete Woods' Lunch - Do Not Touch?!"
Second- DC Editorial is not a pack of megalomaniacal egotists out to dictate their sexist, violent, high-collared view of what the DCU should be. They are in fact a group of dedicated professionals working hard to bring you the freshest, most exciting comics they possibly can. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with these people and I hope that I can again in the future. They have been my family and I love them.
Those bastards! I knew it! When will DC learn that... wait, what?
Third- I am leaving VIBE of my own volition. No big, mean editor fired me. They didn’t ignore my service of over a decade because they’re heartless and cruel.
I... they... what happened? There's no controversy? I... don't understand...
DC has been good to me and committed to keeping me employed.
But they're still jerks, right?
They are good people.
I am leaving VIBE because I was presented with an opportunity from another publisher to help launch a property that I have loved since I was a kid. It was an opportunity that presents itself once or twice in a lifetime and I simply could not turn it down.
So no public meltdown? No chain reaction of other people quitting? Nothing at all?!
I am sorry to those who might feel let down by me leaving VIBE. As I said it was not an easy decision to make. Brian Cunningham is a great editor and I’m sure whoever he gets to take my place will make you a happy camper.
That's not how you do this! Insult his manhood! Call him a monster!
If you stuck through all that then thank you. I hate seeing all the bashing DC.
Yeah! You tell em, Pete! Stop picking on DC. (*looks around innocently, whistling*)
Well... that was... unexpected. But good! Very good! We're happy to hear that, despite everything, DC is capable of parting ways with a creator without becoming an industry laughingstock. We don't say this often, but...
Well done, DC. Nice job not going out of your way to piss off and abuse at least one of your employees. Maybe this is the point where you turn things around. Maybe a new day is dawning at DC comics. Maybe they're not so bad after all. Maybe, when you think about it, deep down, we've all got a little DC Comics in us. Maybe it's time that DC Comics and The Outhouse put aside our differences and...
Whoops, gotta go! I'm getting a breaking report that DC plans to announce a new series named White Power, featuring a new hero named Alex White facing a dangerous threat to the DC Universe known only as the Black Menace.
Well, it was nice while it lasted, DC. We'll always have Paris.