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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 Mercy_

@longbowhunter said:

Get it together before you lose a loyal reader.

This is kind of the entire issue at hand...DC doesn't care about loyal readers anymore. Because when a loyal reader stops reading, three more new readers that will (temporarily) boost sales pop up. The whole DCnU is about being 'hip' and 'edgy' in an attempt to appeal to the younger masses.

That's not to say that they're not putting out some good stuff - they most certainly are.

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Posted by Fastblender

@bloggerboy said:

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.

Well, from defchild over at the BleedingCool forums, here's a list of many incidents:

Does Wonder Woman's costume have pants?

The Rozum-McDaniel Static debacle

Liefeld's flame out

George Perez off Superman

Doing Before Watchmen without Moore's approval (and the Roberson affair that ensued)

Gail Simone's firing and re-hiring

Vendetti on then off Constantine

Jim Zubkavich on then off Birds of Prey

Art and Franco finding out Superman Family Adventures is cancelled through Previews

"WTF Certified"

Jerry Ordway's shoddy treatment

Diggle's sudden departure from Action

Fialkov off Green Lantern books (if confirmed)

Posted by coolguyr99

@Lvenger: Yh he is writing New Guardians. I just wanted to see him on Action as he is one of my favourites.

Posted by ccraft

@BR_Havoc said:

There is no hope for Superman in the new 52

I don't think that's true, I think Superman Unchained and Batman/Superman will save Superman. But it's sad what happened to AC creative team.

Posted by hunter5024

If I found out a couple months after I signed on that Scott Snyder and Jim Lee were going to be writing the same character, then I wouldn't want to do the book either. He probably feels like they stole the spotlight.

Posted by arnoldoaad

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

Posted by Lvenger

@arnoldoaad said:

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

I second your F*UCK response. This is a dark day for DC indeed.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

I second your F*UCK response. This is a dark day for DC indeed.

and is not even over yet, rumor says that 1-3 other names have walked out and will be reported soon

Posted by Fastblender

Can we get a take 2 on that Invincibly Supper Massive Fialkov podcast?

Posted by Lvenger

@arnoldoaad said:

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

I second your F*UCK response. This is a dark day for DC indeed.

and is not even over yet, rumor says that 1-3 other names have walked out and will be reported soon

Please tell me you're joking. This is getting worse and worse. More walk outs? WTF are DC doing? I'm starting to think another rumour, that is the cut down of the New 52 of the lower selling titles might be true.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Whaaaaaaa? All these people leaving titles is really making me wonder how bad the environment at DC is. If nothing else, at least Marvel is consistent with their writing teams.

Posted by FiguredOut95

@k4tzm4n said:

Man, I was really excited to see Diggle take on the Man of Steel.

@Fhiz

said:

What a joke...

This and this.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

I second your F*UCK response. This is a dark day for DC indeed.

and is not even over yet, rumor says that 1-3 other names have walked out and will be reported soon

Please tell me you're joking. This is getting worse and worse. More walk outs? WTF are DC doing? I'm starting to think another rumour, that is the cut down of the New 52 of the lower selling titles might be true.

Rich Johnston ‏richjohnston

Once upon a time this traffic would have taken BC down. But the night is young, three more, big name creator stories planned before shutdown

well it says that 3 big creator stories are coming though not necessarily means that creators will leave

he also said that alot of Marvel creators are coming to DC

Posted by The_Tree

Nooooooooooooooooooooo. Daniel is a hack.

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Posted by knightofthechronicle

Okay, aside from Diggle's leaving, I think that Daniel taking the writing duty would be pretty good considering that a lot of his stories contain sci-fi elements. Though I'm kinda hoping that his writing will be more like his run on Batman and not Detective...

Posted by jik3

@knightofthechronicle: He wasn't as bad on Batman, I'll grant that.

Posted by jik3

This stinks! I really hope they find someone else to write it. Has DC learned nothing from Daniel's past? He's great at artwork. He should stick with that...

Posted by SmashBrawler

@arnoldoaad said:

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@Lvenger said:

@arnoldoaad said:

and it was just confirmed that Fialkov is off GLC and RL

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=44391

and my humble response to that is F*CK!

today shall be refer as from now on as DC's Black Wednesday

I second your F*UCK response. This is a dark day for DC indeed.

and is not even over yet, rumor says that 1-3 other names have walked out and will be reported soon

Please tell me you're joking. This is getting worse and worse. More walk outs? WTF are DC doing? I'm starting to think another rumour, that is the cut down of the New 52 of the lower selling titles might be true.

Rich Johnston ‏richjohnston

Once upon a time this traffic would have taken BC down. But the night is young, three more, big name creator stories planned before shutdown

well it says that 3 big creator stories are coming though not necessarily means that creators will leave

he also said that alot of Marvel creators are coming to DC

This day went from very bad to just insane. Sometimes I think this kind of editorial managing involves a lot of fecal waste flinging, but I feel like monkeys would do a much more consistent job at this.

Posted by jik3

@ApatheticAvenger: Seriously. It was nice for the new 52 he brought back the original Superman conception with a T-shirt and jeans too!

Posted by Billy Batson

Ffs. I was so looking forward to this >:[
And Fialkov's off too? Wtf?!
BB

Posted by Stormbox

Horrible news, thats all

Posted by jinxuandi

Weird. I wonder what happened there.

Posted by longbowhunter

@Mercy_ said:

@longbowhunter said:

Get it together before you lose a loyal reader.

This is kind of the entire issue at hand...DC doesn't care about loyal readers anymore. Because when a loyal reader stops reading, three more new readers that will (temporarily) boost sales pop up. The whole DCnU is about being 'hip' and 'edgy' in an attempt to appeal to the younger masses.

That's not to say that they're not putting out some good stuff - they most certainly are.

I understand DC doesnt have the loyal reader in mind. They definitely proved that with the New 52. I was hesitant but supported that idea. What I cant support is the mistreatment of creators. I just wanna know what the hell is going on.

Posted by silentecko711

THis does not Bode well with DC comics. I wouldnt be surprised if Marvel swoops in and pick up Diggle that would be sweet after all they already have FialKov on Ultimates

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

WAIT.... so Andy Diggle didn't even get a write more than an issue?

Posted by atonemented

Should I pick up Action Comics 18? It's 5 bucks so i want to know if it's worth it

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

*Sees people bagging Morrison*

*Is about to interject*

*Sees same people praise Snyder*

Yep, seems about right.

Posted by Trevel8182

Joshua Hale Falkov just left Green Lantern!

Posted by spartan626

Tony Daniel would be a great artist for the upcoming Batman/Superman series. Maybe the big project he refers to is the second arc.

Posted by Jake Fury

Bad news, I was looking forward to this.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

writer Van Jensen with co-plotting by Robert Venditti on "Green Lantern Corps," while incoming "Swamp Thing" writer Charles Soule will take on "Red Lanterns."

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Posted by Cavemold

Tough day for dc comics

Posted by noj

I love DC but all this crap has made it REALLY hard to defend them lately. On the positive side of things though Tony Daniel may not be the best writer in the world but he certainly isnt the worst either. Hopefully with Andy Diggle's plots he can still produce a quality story to go along with his amazing art.

Also with Daniels talk about involvement with a major project at DC maybe he will be the artist for Trinity War? That would be pretty sweet.

Posted by ccraft

Thats a relief, but still. Tony is leaving the art after issue 21, but I hope his next project will be better that this!

Posted by Kal'smahboi

So much for the year of Superman. That's strike one. What other exciting Superman plans will go down the drain? Any guesses?

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Tony should stick to art and not writing. Fialkov leaving along with Diggle is troubling to me. DC seems to be dropping the ball again.

Posted by sweetesttoaster

@longbowhunter said:

@Mercy_ said:

@longbowhunter said:

Get it together before you lose a loyal reader.

This is kind of the entire issue at hand...DC doesn't care about loyal readers anymore. Because when a loyal reader stops reading, three more new readers that will (temporarily) boost sales pop up. The whole DCnU is about being 'hip' and 'edgy' in an attempt to appeal to the younger masses.

That's not to say that they're not putting out some good stuff - they most certainly are.

I understand DC doesnt have the loyal reader in mind. They definitely proved that with the New 52. I was hesitant but supported that idea. What I cant support is the mistreatment of creators. I just wanna know what the hell is going on.

I agree that it sucks that DC doesn't really care about the loyal reader. I know that the whole point of the New 52 was to gain new readers, but they still need to put some focus into the die hard fans of DC proper. At the end of the day, the loyal readers are the ones that is supporting the market. New readers might come, but not all stay, so DC should support the readers who have been reading their stuff for a while and are dedicated to the universe that they established. That's why I think Marvel Now is so successful. They wanted to bring in new readers like any good company should, but they cared enough for the loyal readers to have continuity stay relatively the same. Plus the fact that they are consistent with their creators and don't have their editorial teams dictating the whole of the book.

Posted by dondave

Bad News

Posted by SandMan_

Well DC it seems you really drop the ball on this one. I really was looking forward to what Diggle had planned with that future vampire enemy. Well, now who is going to write this title? Shame they can't get Mark Waid to write it, he'd be perfect on it.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@SandMan_ said:

Well DC it seems you really drop the ball on this one. I really was looking forward to what Diggle had planned with that future vampire enemy. Well, now who is going to write this title? Shame they can't get Mark Waid to write it, he'd be perfect on it.

Dammit, don't even remind me of the vampire :(

I was so looking forward to that.

Posted by Jake Fury

@Trevel8182 said:

Joshua Hale Falkov just left Green Lantern!

More terrible news, I was excited about that too.

Posted by SandMan_
@SmashBrawler said:

@SandMan_ said:

Well DC it seems you really drop the ball on this one. I really was looking forward to what Diggle had planned with that future vampire enemy. Well, now who is going to write this title? Shame they can't get Mark Waid to write it, he'd be perfect on it.

Dammit, don't even remind me of the vampire :(

I was so looking forward to that.

From what i read, it was a pretty interesting idea and it had potencial to lead to many roads in the future....Sadly DC comics sucks and when the other way...Like always.
Posted by Omega-Man

I was looking forward to this but looks like Action Comics will lose sales even more. People seem to forget how bad Tony Daniels run on Detective Comics was. It absolutely sucked. And People HATED Tony for what he did to Batman in Detective comics. It's why he left Detective Comics now he's writing Action Comics.

DC Go screw yourselves. Seriously if you don't give a crap about your series and characters why should readers who have stuck with you care? I'm a long timer reader before 52 yet I still went with the flow even though I hated alot of things but I do like a few things also that they did. But if you don't get someone besides Tony you can kiss your sales good bye.

Posted by davidgrantlloyd

WTF???? Crazy times.

Come on, Tony! Make the best damn Superman story out there! You can do it, man!

Posted by CraigWayne

Damn Andy,just when I was about to spend some money for this run,this comes out of left field

Posted by cincyducksfan35

This sucks. The preview art has to be some of Daniels best. Looks amazing

Posted by Perfect 10

tony daniels good enough for me

Posted by Perfect 10

@feargalr: ditto, except for the last part

Posted by fACEmelter88

Speaking of Action Comics I've read them all so far and of course I am totally confused by it. Since today the finale of his run so can anyone explain to me what happened....so confusing.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

DC gotta get their sh*t together and stop making stupid decisons like getting rid of deathstroke and team 7.

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