I don’t like to spend too much time being negative on the Internet. Nor do I intend for that to become a focus of Girl in Four Colors. But it came up in a question, and it’s not like I have no complaints. Restricting myself to the last three years, as per the original post, here we go with the Top Five Worst Decisions Made at DC Comics:
#2: Rob Liefeld
I know this is an easy one, and seems to be just a cheap shot at fandom’s favorite target. But this isn’t just another “He can’t draw feet” rant.
In May of 2010, Rob Liefeld was the writer of three titles at DC Comics. Out of 52 monthly books being produced by the company, Liefeld was writing 17.33% if them.
Meanwhile, DC Comics had just fired the only Black writer working on a monthly book. They had one woman writing a monthly book at the beginning of the relaunch, and had only just brought on a second. And when confronted on those numbers, Co-Publisher Dan Didio aggressively asked an interviewer, “Who should we be hiring? Tell me right now. Who should we be hiring right now? Tell me.”
Apparently, in Mr. Didio’s estimation, every single woman working in comics in 2011 possessed less talent than Mr. Liefeld. Every single Black writer, man or woman, working in comics in 2011 possessed less talent than Mr. Liefeld.
Is it any wonder that Marjorie Liu, currently writing Astonishing X-Men for Marvel, recently had this to say? ““I’ve been silently, professionally irritated at DC for some time now but this with [the recent firing of Gail Simone] sealed the deal. Now I’m disgusted.”