Nothing says that Paul Levitz is no longer in the hosue than DC Vertigo choosing to publish Shoot, the story by Warren Ellis and Phil Jiminez considered tasteless in the aftermatch of the Columbine massacre and banned from publication while Paul Levitz was boss. Warren Ellis writes;
Years ago, I wrote a brief run on the DC Vertigo horror comic JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER. Brief, because I wrote a horror story therein called SHOOT. SHOOT was about schoolyard slayings in the United States. It was completed before Columbine happened, but scheduled to appear not long after. The regime at DC Comics at the time decided that it could not be released in its completed form. I refused to go along with the changes they wanted to make. They decided not to publish the book at all. I quit.
I remember that, at the time, someone telling me that the stance was that Paul Levitz would not release the book so long as he was running DC.
It never occurred to me that a new regime would feel differently.
It’s as part of a volume, Vertigo Resurrected featuring stories from Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, Bernie Wrightson, Jim Lee and more through the years, coming out in October. But there’s Lee’s Flinch story in there. But it begs the question, what else might make it out that’s still unpublished.
How about Garth Ennis’ The Sex Detectives? The Alan Grant/Frank Quitely Lobo: The Hand Job? How about that Sandman Presents: Marqee Moon? Bizarre Boys by Grant Morrison, Pete Milligan and Jamie Hewlett – that might sell a few…
How about Rick Vietch’s original conclusion to his Swamp Thing run?