Uncle Rich is reporting that Chew mogul John Layman is off Batman Eternal, despite Layman and various DC peeps talking about his involvement as recently as yesterday. Layman was set to move from Detective Comics to the weekly Batman Eternal (aong with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, and more) when Francis Manapul and Brian Buccalleto take over Detective. Johnston gives no other details, and Layman hasn't comment (we're reaching out to him now). Consider it a rumor for now.
That being said, we'll use the rest of this article to share some of Layman's recent tweets about diversity in comics, because we might as well use this space for something productive:
On the subject of diversity:— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
CHEW has 1 of most racially diverse cast in comics, but is routinely ignored by web sites run by people who complain about lack of diversity— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
Next issue features 3 female protagonists, strong daughter, strong sister, strong girlfriend, &will be ignored by female-themed comics sites— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
Entire CHEW story arc focused on strong sister who took the place of male lead protagonist. Barely peep from female-centric comic sites.— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
CHEW #30, the best issue of CHEW there has been, turned the entire notion of "woman in refrigerators" on its ear. Ignored.— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
3-person creative team of CHEW is diverse, too, not that matters.— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
So really, that being said, I don't much give a fuck about all the chatter about diversity in comics. Walk the walk, people.— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
Our friends at Girls Gone Geek answered:
@themightylayman Not by us, my friend. CHEW gets all the love.— Girls Gone Geek (@Girls_Gone_Geek) January 9, 2014
@Girls_Gone_Geek Yes, and you are awesome. Many thanks!— Layman (@themightylayman) January 9, 2014
So while we try to get to the bottom of this, here's what you can do in the meantime. First, if you haven't read Chew before, go and pick up the first TPB or its associated issues at your local shop or digitally (the Kindle version is only $4). If you're already a fan, revisit some of what Layman is talking about by visiting Girls Gone Geek and reading their writeup of Chew #30. But only do that if you've read it, because it contains some massive spoilers (for a two year old comic).
We'll update you as soon as we (or Rich Johnston) learn more about Batman Eternal. If DC has wronged Layman in any way, you know what's gonna happen, right?