Comics writer quit because DC asked him to kill off [REDACTED]

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Mar 21, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

Looks like one writer wanted no part in DC Comics' next big character death. 

(If you're a reader of DC's Green Lantern line, note that there are possible spoilers for the future of those comics ahead.)

Earlier this week, news broke that writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (whose past credits include Punks the Comic and a brief run on Superman/Batman for DC, and whose future work will include Alpha: Big Time and The Ultimates for Marvel) was leaving his DC Comics gig as writer of both Green Lantern Corps and Red Lanterns before a single issue of his work hit the comic shops. Fialkov officially joined the books just last month, and had this to say about his departure on his official website:

"There were editorial decisions about the direction of the book that conflicted with the story I was hired to tell, and I felt that it was better to let DC tell their story the way they want. I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’ll miss working with the entire Green Lantern team.

"This was not an easy decision to make emotionally or financially, but, I’m sure it was the right decision for both me, and for the Green Lantern books. The outpouring of support, your kind words and well wishes means so much to me and my family."

Fialkov stopped short of explaining exactly what conflicts arose that led him to leave the books, but "high profile industry sources" told Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston that he walked because DC asked him to kill off longtime Green Lantern John Stewart, something Fialkov never intended to do in the story he pitched to DC editors.

First introduced in 1971, Stewart was one of DC's first black superheroes and was the star of the Green Lantern main comic for many years in Hal Jordan's absence. He's also appeared in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series, and is one of the stars of the current Green Lantern Corps comic. 

Johnston also noted that DC co-publisher Dan DiDio reportedly promised creators at a DC summit last month that any story arcs pitched to editorial would not be altered once given the green light. If Johnston's sources are right, it seems DC broke that promise here.

Fialkov's departure comes in the same week that writer Andy Diggle left his gig as the new writer of Action Comics, possibly for similar reasons. Their departures are the latest in a string of creator walk-offs at DC over the last year that already includes former iZombie and Superman writer Chris Roberson, former Batwoman and Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka and former Savage HawkmanGrifter and Deathstroke writer/artist Rob Liefeld.

So that's two more creators departing DC books over editorial disputes. We don't know for sure if Stewart's doom is imminent, but we do know that DC's issues with its talent don't seem to be going anywhere.

(Via Bleeding Cool)