In his weekly standing promotional column on CBR (journalism: fuck yeah!), Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonzo announced that Zeb Wells is off Elektra, the first issue of which hasn't been produced yet, and former Batwoman scribe W. Haden Blackman is in. Wells was apparently driven off the title by editorial interference and executive mismanagement!
We're not going to stand for this, Marvel! You can't drive popular, talented creators off of books, and you can't do it to Zeb Wells either! We're going to expose you for the Dilbertesque villains you are!
From the interview:
Zeb Wells: Anyone who knows me knows this book has been a dream of mine since I started writing comics ten years ago. Unfortunately, after Steve moved heaven and earth to make the book happen, commitments in television won't allow me the time to craft it with the care it deserves.
So I had to make the heartbreaking decision to walk away, and Steve and Sana had to make the less-heartbreaking decision to replace me with someone twice as talented: Haden Blackman of "Batwoman" fame.
It's a surreal feeling to be this excited for a book I wanted to be writing so badly, but I can't wait to get it at my comics store in April. And I want to thank everyone at Marvel for being understanding about the whole situation. Hopefully, I'll be back at Marvel soon with a new project when my schedule opens up.
Ok, so maybe Wells wasn't driven off the book. But the W. was clearly driven off the front of W. Haden Blackman's name! Will you stop at nothing to bully creators, Marvel?!
Elektra #1 will now hit stores in April.