Jim Starlin has a storied career at Marvel Comics dating back to the 1970s, which has now come to an end due to conflict with Marvel Executive Vice President Tom Brevoort. The creator of Thanos took to Facebook to air his grievances and clear the air about his decision to no longer work for Marvel Comics.
Just to set the record straight, Marvel Comics didn't pull me off any books, they just made it clear they weren't interested in using me on any of the tie-in series to the movies or regular series. Even though I lobbied heavily to write the Thanos on-going that task was twice given to other writers, which is Marvel Editorial's right to do.
Starlin has been working on the original graphic novel Thanos: Infinity Siblings, which is set to release in February. It was going to be the first in a trilogy, but it seems it will now be a standalone.
What I objected to and what will be keep me from doing any further work for Marvel Editorial was Tom Brevoort approving a plot for the current on-going series, which was pretty much the same as the Thanos story arc in the graphic novel trilogy Alan Davis and I have been working on for Tom for close to the past year. He had 200 pages of script and 100 pages of pencils on this project when he gave the green light to a strikingly similar plot. The on-going will be in print before the graphic novel trilogy. To avoid spoiling anyone's enjoyment of these two stories I will not be summarizing the striking similarities.
No one would ever suspect Marvel of having poor editorial staff. They certainly don't promote staff who blatantly break rules and assume questionable pseudonyms.
At first Tom denied giving his approval to the plot. When that turned out to be false, he switched to claiming there was nothing similar about the two plots. When that didn't fly he changed his story to it was all an accident. These changes of excuse and other bits of procrastination ate up a month, by which time the current Thanos on-going art team was too far along for anything to be done about the situation. Too bad for me. So I am moving on.
Starlin is putting his money where his mouth is and walking away from Marvel Comics. At least we get one more story from Thanos' dad.