I think Paul Jenkins won't be getting a Christmas card from DC this year. The writer, who recently signed an exclusive contract with Boom laid into the beleagured publisher in an interview with Bleeding Cool.
Here are some highlights:
DC is in the toilet right now. It reminds me of the way Marvel was just before we did Marvel Knights. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the similarities and connections.
[W]hy would one series be untouched and another be micro-managed with absolutely no creative direction whatsoever? I think there are some obvious answers but I would prefer people draw their own conclusions. Suffice it to say that the fans are not getting the creators in these books – they are getting an unpalatable product, which is destroyed by editorial interference perpetrated by unqualified project managers.
The culprit, in my opinion, is the culture of the comic industry over the two and a half decades I have worked in it. When things are going poorly, the creators are most valuable. They are needed, so that they can pull the publishers arses out of the fire when creative bankruptcy sets in. When the business is doing well (and let’s face it, the Avengers just made 1.4 billion dollars) then the creators are disposable.
The whole interview is a ball of honest brutality, all of which raises uncomfortable truths about the industry that most fans (and creators and news sites) don't really want to acknowledge. If you want to get a glimpse behind the curtain, give Jenkins' interview a read today.