Yesterday, Bleeding Cool reported that DC Comics will go back to the fucking well again try a bold new tactic to reinvigorate sales numbers by relaunching a number of their books after their "long-running" titles finish 52 issues next year. Soon after, superstar artist Rob Liefeld, who has had a bigger grudge against DC than even The Outhouse after he quit the company over an editor's penis size in 2013, took to Twitter to implicitly insult his fellow comics creators by claiming DC doesn't have the talent to pull it off:
Rich Johnston, who literally suffers from a mental condition that requires he respond to every single mention of himself or Bleeding Cool on Twitter, was quick to respond:
But Liefeld was having none of it:
Ouch! Johnston was happy to explain:
But Liefeld was unimpressed:
Just who was Johnston talking about as the next Al Ewing, anyway? Well, he did publish an article later in the day naming We Can Never Go Home's Matthew Rosenberg as DC's next big writer. Damn. We liked being able to talk to Rosenberg, and now he'll be forbidden to speak to us!
Liefeld shitting on other comics creators is nothing new. In 2012, while Liefeld was working for DC and thought they were great and Marvel was crap, he called the entire historical roster of Deadpool creative teams "D-list talent," a list that we pointed out at the time included:
Joe Kelly, Daniel Way, Fabian Nicieza, Cullen Bunn, Gail Simone, Duane Swierczynski, Victor Gischler, Mark Waid, Ian Churchill, Joe Madureira, Christopher Priest, Ed McGuinness, Fred Van Lente, Dalibor Tajalic, Jason Aaron, Jason Pearson, David Lapham, Kyle Baker, Bong Dazo, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paco Medina, Reilly Brown, Patrick Zircher, Mark Brooks, and, of course, Rob Liefeld himself.
Johnston pointed out some of the names currently working at DC, and Liefeld had a surprising response:
"It's like raaaa-aaa-aaaain on your wedding day..."
No, a lack of creative talent isn't DC's problem. The problem lies higher up the food chain, with Bob Harras, Geoff Johns, Dan Didio, and Liefeld's old buddy, Jim Lee:
Well, at least we can agree on that.