Last night, we reported on a Bleeding Cool report that John Layman was leaving Batman Eternal for unknown reasons. Being greedy bastards who love the massive influx of hits caused by a reset of the HasDCDoneSomethingStupidToday.com counter, the Outhouse staff gathered together this morning in celebration of what was sure to be a juicy story that reeked of editorial incompetence and DC stupidity.
That juicy story never came. Layman confirmed on Twitter and in an article on Bleeding Cool that he did in fact leave Batman Eternal, but that it was in order to focus his creative skills on Chew (the amazing Image series he and Rob Guillory does) and other creator-owned work. The full explanation can be found here, but here's the most damning quote.
People looking for scandal will be sorely disappointed, as my experience working with DC and the Bat-office was an overwhelming positive one. I’m leaving after honoring my commitment to what I said I’d write and leaving on amicable terms, told that I will be welcomed back to the Bat-office when I am ready. This is something I fully intend to someday do.
The Outhouse editorial team was dumbstruck by the revelation. "No scandal?" exclaimed Outhouse webmaster Jude Terror. "But how are we to pay the site bills? It's not like we don't have a variety of other articles and a steady readership to rely on to bring in hits."
"This is an outrage," added Editor in Chief Christian Hoffer. "I am incredibly upset right now that John Layman didn't burn all his bridges at DC in order to help continue our narrative of DC stupidity. Damn him and professionalism and the understanding editors he works with."
With several bottles of champagne unopened, the Outhouse newsroom began to pout about the prospect of simply reporting Layman's amicable departure from DC as well as reminding readers to pick up Chew, which remains one of the best comics out on the stands today. "Encouraging people to read Layman's other exemplary work just doesn't feel right," said Hoffer. "Sure, it's fantastic and deserves much more acclaim than its getting, but we've built up a reputation of ne'er do wells and bellyachers, and I don't like going against that. But really, you probably should be reading Chew. It's everything right about comics."
Batman Eternal #1 will be released in April, and Layman will be credited on one of the first issues. In the meantime, we'll leave you with this Tweet from Layman.
I bet @TheOuthousers is pissed they don't get to reset their DC counter!— Layman (@themightylayman) January 12, 2014
Very pissed, Layman. Very pissed.