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Andy Diggle Exits ACTION COMICS, Tony Daniel Steps Up [Update]

AWhat will these changes mean for the future of the series?

Back at New York Comic Con, it was announced that Andy Diggle would be taking over ACTION COMICS after Grant Morrison with Tony Daniel doing the art. Earlier this month we saw a preview for their first issue, on sale April 3. Their start was pushed back a month when Morrison needed one more issue to finish his run. Now it turns out more changes are on the way.

Earlier today, Diggle stated on Twitter he was leaving the series "for professional reasons."

No explanation was given as to why or with which issue. What does this mean for the series?

Alex Segura, DC's Executive Director of Publicity tweeted that Tony Daniel will expand his role "and take over as writer and artist for the remainder of the arc."

We'll have to stay tuned to find out if Daniel continues writing after the arc or if another writer will be announced. Here's hoping everyone is happy.

UPDATE

Tony Daniel posted the following on his Facebook page:

"Yes, many have heard, Andy Diggle left Action Comics after the first issue. I can only say I feel bad he made that decision. I think it was the wrong one, but that was his choice to make. For the remainder of the arc I'll be working off his plots to finish out this first arc. So essentially, I become 'scripter' in the credits w/ Andy as 'plotter.' As for myself, I end my short run after I complete this first arc, which ends with issue 21. This was preplanned since last fall as there is another project I'll be taking on, and assisting with, a massive project with DC. I still think people will like this arc and I'm staying as true as I can be to Andy's plans for this story. In the end I hope he'll find it somewhat recognizable as something he took part in."
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Posted by tomchu

@arnoldoaad said:

@tomchu said:

The awkward moment a writer bails out on a title before the first issue even hits the stands.

specially when his run is being promoted in the newest AC

AKA one of DC's biggest books for one of DC's biggest superhero.

Posted by Batnandez

@Kesho_Ronin: you obviously have never read a Tony Daniel comic dude can draw but is one of the worst writers out there. His batman run was awful.

Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

@ILLO_29: same here but ill give Daniel a try i mean for all we know this book could be awesome just like for me geoff john justice league book suck but his Aquaman book imo is awesome

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Posted by Zeeguy91

I've been going over his tweets and it seems that Diggle chose to leave Action Comics on his own. Probably because he was so swamped?? Which sucks. I was really looking forward to his run.

Posted by SmashBrawler

God-f*cking-dammit, I was really looking forward to this...

Sigh, I guess Diggle's issues will still be produced, but after that's over... dropped. I can't stand Daniel's writing, it's awful.

Posted by Kesho_Ronin

@Batnandez: To tell you the truth i haven't read or maybe i have but i don't remember.I really like his art,real great artist.Maybe if DC notice that fans are not enthusiastic with the idea that Danieltowrite the story,maybe they will put somebody to help him with story

Posted by coolguyr99

Hopefully Daniels will be better than Morrison.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

That's not good

Posted by Mia26

This is how I feel about Andy Diggle leaving Action Comics .....

Posted by JakeN7

WTF!? I was excited that Tony Daniel was going back to the role he excels at: penciller. However, he's not very talented as a writer, and I can't bring myself to pick up a book with him on writing duties. I hope Diggle stays on for at least an arc.

Posted by Lvenger

@coolguyr99 said:

Hopefully Daniels will be better than Morrison.

He won't. I can vouch for that. Daniels' writing is sub par. He's a fantastic artist but his writing skills are sorely lacking. Even if you don't like Morrison's run like I do, Daniels will still drag AC down even more with his writing.

Posted by Batnandez

@ILLO_29: that's what I plan on doing and then dropping batman after Harper becomes important

I think I might become a Marvel fan, they are way more consistent than DC, I'll have to change my name though :(

Posted by coolguyr99

@Lvenger: Hopefully his run isn't very long then. I would like to see Justin Jordan on Action Comics.

Posted by Cavemold

that was quick

Posted by Saranth

.. What on earth are DC doing? This is being removed from my pull list now; I was really looking forward to Diggle's take.

Posted by ILLO_29

@Zeeguy91:

Yep, I'm really looking foward to Snyder/ Lee's Superman Unchained.

Posted by sweetesttoaster

Wow. I was actually looking forward to this. I don't even like Superman, but the creative team pulled me in. And now DC pulls this BS. They need to get their sh*t together before I lose all interest in their company as a whole.

Posted by toptom

so i guess, i will not see anymore superman vs some kind of cosmic vampire who is strongh enough to punch him trough the moon...this one hell of a new. (not being sarcastic at all)

hopefully Daniel will remain the artist...

Posted by ILLO_29

@darknightspideyfanboy: Agreed I'll stick with action and see how it goes. He's got until Unchained comes out to hook me.

Posted by Icon

Really disappointed. I'm glad Daniel is still on board of course, but I was looking forward to Diggle's plans, especially after the recent interview he did with CBR. Hopefully they'll get someone like James Robinson back, someone who understands the title. Ah well. I wish Andy Diggle all the best anyway.

Posted by ThanosIsMad

If it's only for the remainder of the arc, I'm fine with it. The skeleton work for the plot is probably finished, and that leaves Daniel with just some stuff to fill in. Shouldn't be too bad.

Posted by Fastblender

The reason he's leaving is DC isn't acting "professionally"

Edited by knightofthechronicle

NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Not that I have anything against Daniel it's just that I was looking forward to Diggle writing Action, oh well, I'm still buying it whichever way

Posted by toptom

@ThanosIsMad said:

If it's only for the remainder of the arc, I'm fine with it. The skeleton work for the plot is probably finished, and that leaves Daniel with just some stuff to fill in. Shouldn't be too bad.

hopefully you will be right

Posted by Suprman

And I was just saying to myself today that I would be interested in picking up action comics again. This is kind of disappointing. <Sigh> I want Mark Waid back on Superman.

Posted by impossibilly

No bueno.

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Edited by Zeeguy91

@ILLO_29 said:

@Zeeguy91:

Yep, I'm really looking foward to Snyder/ Lee's Superman Unchained.

Truthfully, as much as I was looking forward to Diggle's story, which sounded great, if he's going to chose to leave after only writing the majority of one arc, then I'd rather DC made that story into a mini-series titled Superman Unchained and then they could just hand over Action Comics to Snyder and Lee. The story that Snyder has for Superman Unchained could just be transferred over to AC. It'd just be a matter of switching the titles. Idk how the mechanics of such a switch would take place, but I'd rather have AC in competent hands than have another Superman ongoing. However, I'll gladly take Superman Unchained as is. The solicit for the first issue looked incredible!!!

Posted by doordoor123

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

Edited by ILLO_29

No offense to Andy Diggle but I've always thought that writer's and artist were contracted to do X amount books, much like a novelist. So can you just up and walk off a book like this. Or am I completely wrong on this? As an inspiring Comic Book writer (by the way I'm looking for an artist to help me make up a few pages for submission purposes, feel free to pm me :) maybe I should look into this more in depth.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

I has a sad.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

Posted by OutlawRenegade

What this means is that I picked up my last issue of Action Comics today. You won't see me pick up another Superman title until Superman: Unchained. DC needs to treat their writers better--especially the ones at talented as Andy Diggle and Johua Hale Fialkov, who just left both of his Green Lantern titles.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@OutlawRenegade: wtf seriously

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Posted by Fastblender

@Zeeguy91 said:

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/20/235086/

"Both incidents seem to involve repeated editorial changes to already-approved directions that have not been welcomed by the writers."

How many times have we heard this? It's like 90's Marvel all over again. Time for a regime change

Edited by Hancock89

 @doordoor123  said: 

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.


@doordoor123: Read Valiant Comics man, they will not let you down. 
 
The writers and artists are pretty cool too, sometimes they even engage in discussions with Valiant readers on valiant forums. 
 
Most of their books are a good read, jump in!
Edited by bloggerboy

Can someone make a list of writers/artists that have left DC just prior and during the New 52? I'm sure the list is getting consistently bigger and not just because of the rotating comic business.

And yes, I know Diggle is only leaving Action Comics.

Posted by JamDamage

Wow DC is doing just GREAT!!!!! Ever since the New 52 DC has just been pissing people off. A majority of the books suck. The incorporation of the other universes like Wildstorm have sucked. Not using some of the older fan favorite characters have sucked. As much as people like to talk shit about Joe Quesada he still is killing it at Marvel. All the way from BK to Disney Billions. WB better hope Man of Steel rakes in some money because if not..............................................

Posted by arnoldoaad

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

what do you mean by Fialkov too?

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Fastblender said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/20/235086/

"Both incidents seem to involve repeated editorial changes to already-approved directions that have not been welcomed by the writers."

How many times have we heard this? It's like 90's Marvel all over again. Time for a regime change

What!

DC just sucks so much right now

Posted by Lvenger

@coolguyr99: Jordan's on New Guardians isn't he? Might be interesting but his previous writing doesn't suggest he could write Superman.

@doordoor123: What about Fialkov? Please tell me he's still writing GLC and RL.

Posted by Lvenger

@arnoldoaad said:

@Fastblender said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/20/235086/

"Both incidents seem to involve repeated editorial changes to already-approved directions that have not been welcomed by the writers."

How many times have we heard this? It's like 90's Marvel all over again. Time for a regime change

What!

DC just sucks so much right now

Oh come on seriously?!! This sucks!

Posted by kennybaese

Aaaaand my interest in this book just completely disappeared. I love Tony Daniel's art, but I'm really not a fan of his writing. Oh well, more money for other books.

Posted by ThreadPool

How are there so many things going so right (Wonder Woman, a few Bat titles, the League titles getting better and better...) and so wrong?! (stupid editorial vs creators feuds, EVERYTHING to do with Teen Titans, Wally effin' West)

Get your s**t together, DC.

Posted by shieldzeal

Terrible news to say the least.

Posted by KnightRise

I want to date his art and beat up his writing.

Posted by inferiorego

@kennyshat said:

Aaaaand my interest in this book just completely disappeared. I love Tony Daniel's art, but I'm really not a fan of his writing. Oh well, more money for other books.

We're on the same boat.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@Fastblender said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/20/235086/

"Both incidents seem to involve repeated editorial changes to already-approved directions that have not been welcomed by the writers."

How many times have we heard this? It's like 90's Marvel all over again. Time for a regime change

What!

DC just sucks so much right now

Oh come on seriously?!! This sucks!

What the f*ck? No! No f*cking way! Ugh, this day just keeps getting worse, at least from a comic book-related standpoint.

Posted by kennybaese

@inferiorego said:

@kennyshat said:

Aaaaand my interest in this book just completely disappeared. I love Tony Daniel's art, but I'm really not a fan of his writing. Oh well, more money for other books.

We're on the same boat.

Now I'm tempted to push you into the metaphorical water. Because I'm totally that guy.

Posted by Lvenger

@SmashBrawler said:

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@Fastblender said:

@Zeeguy91 said:

@doordoor123 said:

Yeah, after this and now Fialkov too.... I'm done with comics. I am so tired of being screwed by every f*cking company.

What happened with Fialkov?

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/20/235086/

"Both incidents seem to involve repeated editorial changes to already-approved directions that have not been welcomed by the writers."

How many times have we heard this? It's like 90's Marvel all over again. Time for a regime change

What!

DC just sucks so much right now

Oh come on seriously?!! This sucks!

What the f*ck? No! No f*cking way! Ugh, this day just keeps getting worse, at least from a comic book-related standpoint.

I hear you there. It's still a rumour but if this turns out to be true, something fishy is going on with DC's editorial staff that will need answering.

Posted by longbowhunter

I just don't know what to do anymore. I love DC's characters but their treatment of talent lately is calling into question my own personal ethics. Get it together before you lose a loyal reader.

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