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During DC’s June solicitations it was revealed that Patrick Zircher would be coming on as the new artist for Suicide Squad. Today it was revealed that due to his commitment with Suicide Squad, Zircher would be stepping down as co-writer and artist on Shadowman. Debuting in November, Justin Jordan (Team 7) and Zircher worked on the series together and always had big plans for the series:

“Every character has a core or essence of what they are, as well as visual cues that are their own. Those remain. After that, we want to take the character forward and make something that doesn’t rely on having read the early books. Some things will be familiar to older readers and some things won’t. This isn’t a title that was suspended for 6 months or a year. Shadowman has come back a generation later. It’s time for new things too.”

Zircher is credited through April’s sixth issue, but will depart with issue seven.

What are your thoughts on Zircher leaving Shadowman? Did you read the series? Will you read Suicide Squad now that he’s on it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

9 Responses

  1. Adam Shaw

    Ah man… His work was probably my favorite of all the Valiant titles. He maintained a level of consistency through his issues, that the other artist sometimes miss.

    • James

      he now bare’s the stain of being the first to leave Valiant comics so he can go write DCSUPERHEROBOOK-27.1-b not a wise long term business plan I would think.

      Just as the movie is getting off the ground too.

      • Travis McCollum

        The thing is, we don’t know everything that was going on behind the scenes. There could have been some creative/time differences that caused him to split. Or, in a probably more likely scenario, he just couldn’t put out the level of quality he does on time with two books.

        I’m sad to see him go, but hopefully the new artist will prove to be just as good.

  2. James

    Shadowman is the last of the valiant paperbacks to get shipped to me – so no idea of the impact on quality this will have.

    The worst part about this was that Shadowman was recently upgraded to ongoing status – and the artist just bail’s on it? Bad form.

    If I could suggest anything to valiant it would be to give Shadowman a break for 1 to 2 months and get the artist they want rather than the one they need then maybe just treat it as a new volume.

    • Travis McCollum

      I think the break idea might actually be a good one. When you have somebody who has been with the book for so long up and leave, you don’t just want to throw somebody onto a book because it needs to come out in a timely manner. I’d rather they take a month or two to work out the artist situation, then come back stronger than ever. I think maybe the Harbinger Wars might end up being good for the series. We’ll just have to wait and see.

      • James

        A wise man once said a bad comic is always bad but a delayed comic could be great.

      • Travis McCollum

        Do I need to bring up Astonishing X-Men? I figure that sells that point we’re trying to make.

  3. Steve Seigh

    Nice! I’m actually really pumped for this. I’m very curious to see what Kot will bring to the writing table and now with Zircher doing the art we might actually get a proper Suicide Squad run. Can’t wait!

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