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Dwayne McDuffie fired from JLA 
29th-May-2009 09:49 am
From his own forums:
Nope, it was my own doing. I was fired when "Lying in the Gutters" ran a compilation of two years or so of my answers to fans' questions on the DC Comics discussion boards. I'm told my removal had nothing to with either the quality of my work or the level of sales, rather with my revelation of behind-the-scenes creative discussions.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed, because next summer was planned to feature a JLA-driven crossover, where my book's story line would have been the driving force. I'm distressed by where I left Black Canary, as my intention was to use the current subplot to strengthen her character and relationships with the new membership, and instead I'm leaving her at the bottom of a hole I'd intended to rebuild her from. I was also just about to get a regular artist for the first time since I've been on the book, which would have been nice. That said, I'm sure DC's going to put together a creative team that will generate major excitement around JLA, which is as it should be.
Aside from how deeply I dislike the idea of sacking someone for talking about the creative process (comics are apparently like sausages and laws: if you like the finished product, you should never find out how they're made), it's of interest to me, of course, because McDuffie directly namechecks Black Canary.

It's not exactly a secret that I dislike how Dinah's been portrayed in the JLA series; what was an excellent start as people acknowledged her role as co-founder, the strength of her relationship with the most powerful members of the League and the superhero community as a whole, her intelligence and her competence, quickly slipped into tantrum throwing deferential incompetence and helped turn me off the title (I just plain don't know many of the other characters well enough to read for them).

Andrew has been telling me for a while that McDuffie's hands were tied by editorial with his work on the title, and I was on the whole willing to give him some benefit of some doubt; I wasn't going to pay money for the kind of story in which Dinah pulls shit like this, but if he brought her out of that; well, I was kind of looking forward to a book in which she was written as part way competent, and now I'll never know if McDuffie would have written a Black Canary I wanted to read.

On the plus side, there's always the upcoming Birds of Paradise story arc in Wonder Woman. Gail Simone writing a Black Canary/Wonder Woman team up? Oh hell yes, I'm there.
29th-May-2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
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29th-May-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
*pounces on* OH MY GOD YES.
29th-May-2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
What's especially annoying about that scene is there are parts of it that actually would be right in better hands.

Dinah squaring off vs. Hal over a matter of principle? Oh, hell yeah, that would be a clash of wills, and I'm not sure the Green Lantern would win.

Hal snarking about anything Ollie/Dinah? Also, hell yeah, who better for that than Hal and Roy?

But in this context, and based on the assumption that Dinah would act anything like that as a leader, it's all horribly wrong.

McDuffie doesn't get a pass because he was going to write her out of that. The descent has to be just as plausible as the recovery, and he consistently failed at that.

(Though, ok, I would cut him some slack if the editor really was riding hard on him, which is all too depressingly plausible.)
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