The DC Universe is a place that is never safe from change; not even 3000 years in the future. It appears as though, as of August 8, Kevin Maguire will no longer be associated with Justice League 3000 and long-time Justice League of America artist Howard Porter will be filling his shoes.
News first broke when Maguire made a rather sardonic Tweet announcing his new freelance status. While DC remained characteristically tight-lipped regarding Maguire‘s departure, Newsarama.com learned that Porter would take over for Maguire, teaming him with co-writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis for the 31st century take on the classic Justice League of America team.
“The guy who nailed the character designs on the interior of the book? The guy who teamed with Grant Morrison to make JLA a hit? This is what they call a no-brainer,” said Giffen. “Welcome aboard Howard. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful collaboration.”
Despite a minor backlash from fans, Maguire seems to be taking his replacement in stride, posting the following message on his Facebook account:
After a few confusing hours, I kind of know where things stand and why. Though I’m still a bit perplexed as to how it got to this point. As for work, I’ve been offered some fun interesting stuff, many of which came from DC, who were very eager to keep me working there, so I’ll be fine on that score, but it would have been great to do another Justice League with Giffen and DeMatteis. Oh,well…onward and upward…
As a result of the switch, Justice League 3000 will be time-traveling into local comic shops in December instead of the anticipated October release date.