Less than a year ago, DC Comics made a big deal over the fact that J. Michael Straczynski would be taking over two of its top titles. Today, in an unexpected development (we're tempted to say shocking, but is anything shocking anymore?), the Babylon 5 creator announced he'd be leaving both the Superman and Wonder Woman monthly comics.
But why? What went wrong?
It turns out the problem wasn't with either DC Comics or Straczynski, but with the evolving nature of comics themselves. The "pamphlet" comic, which has been the form's primary comics delivery system since the beginning, has become less and less significant over the years, with some even predicting its eventual death.
Straczynski's Superman Earth One graphic novel was an instant sellout, went immediately into a second printing and got lots of media attention—which obviously got Straczynski's attention, too. So he's decided that from now on, that's where he'll be focusing his scripting efforts.
What do you think? Where Straczynski treads, will others follow? Will the "pamphlet" comic soon be a thing of the past?
(via Bleeding Cool)