Brian Wood States That He Is Not The Writer of Spawn Ongoing After All

At San Diego Comic Con, Bleeding Cool had the scoop that Grant Morrison was to be the new writer on Spawn. And he was. But between that scoop and announcement something changed. And Brian Wood was named as the new writer of Spawn, as Al Simmons returns to the lead on the title.

This was the solicitation test for Spawn Resurrection #1

SPAWN RESURRECTION #1
story: BRIAN WOOD
art / cover A: JONBOY
cover B: TODD McFARLANE

FEBRUARY 4 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

NEW TEAM! NEW DIRECTION!
The return of Al Simmons, and the start of a brand new era for SPAWN!
No one quite knows where Al’s been all this time, but it’s clear he’s come back a changed man. Wiser, stronger, and with the memories from an experience that’s he’s still struggling to understand. Tucked away in a crime-ridden corner of New York City, he’s beginning to forge new alliances, preparing defenses, and testing out his newly acquired powers… because there’s a battle coming, and it’s something that makes the Heaven/Hell thing seem like a petty squabble. So just who did Al piss off so badly while he was away?
Introducing a bold new direction for SPAWN, as creator TODD McFARLANE hands the reins over to BRIAN WOOD (Star Wars, X-Men, DMZ) and JONBOY (Marvel Adventures, Araña). It all starts right here, and continues next month in SPAWN #251!

Spawn_251And here was that  new solicitation for Spawn #251.

SPAWN #251
story: BRIAN WOOD
art / cover: JONBOY

MARCH 4 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Following the re-introduction of Al Simmons in SPAWN: RESURRECTION #1, we dig deeper into Spawn’s time away, the mystery of the word “CHAOS,” and Birch, the veteran warrior who is clearly more than he seems. As the city devolves around him, Spawn is an unlikely beacon of hope in the darkness. This bold new direction continues under writer BRIAN WOOD and artist JONBOY MEYERS.

But writer Brian Wood tells Bleeding Cool that,

For the sake of readers and retailers who read the current Image solicits (March 2015), I just want to sent out a little PSA and say that I am not the writer of Spawn #251.  I’m actually not the writer of the Spawn title after all.  I delivered, to spec, the script for February’s Spawn Resurrection #1 special but raised objections to the considerable extent to which my script and the larger plot was being rewritten during production.  I was then removed from the job.  I’m not trying to complain or spark drama, but I do think that the audience and the retailers laying down money for the book should be aware when there is a creative team change, especially this close to the book’s release.  I’m sorry to anyone who was looking forward to my work on Spawn – its a bummer for me too.

 

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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