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Cameron Stewart talks about leaving Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

Cowboy Batman sketch by Cameron Stewart

Cowboy Batman sketch by Cameron Stewart

Yesterday, DC announced that frequent Grant Morrison collaborator Cameron Stewart has been replaced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight artist Georges Jeanty on the Western-themed fourth issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Post-solicitation creative-team changes are a dime a dozen at DC, but this is certainly one of the more high-profile examples of that kind of switcheroo I can think of. Amid all the say-it-ain’t-sos, Stewart took to his blog to offer a fairly circumspect summary of the situation:

Unfortunately, several weeks back I was forced to make the difficult decision to leave the book. It was a decision that I struggled with, but sadly conditions were such that I felt that my work would be drastically compromised and subpar should I stay on board, and so I felt that it was best that I walked away. I’d like to extend big thanks to my editors for trying to do whatever they could to make it possible for me to stay, but in the end it just wasn’t happening.

Stewart added that the only thing he’d drawn for the issue was the cover and a sketch or two, so the final product will be all Jeanty. He also promised a big announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con regarding a popular property he and Karl Kerschl will be working on. So while fans of his Bat-work (like me!!!) are no doubt disappointed, there are at least a few more Cam jams coming down the pike.

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What?? Why??? How??? Are you okay, Cameron? I hope so. I would have loved to have seen your wild west.
That sucks that there is so little time for Jeanty to draw the issue, but I think he will do a solid job.
I would have tried for a Jonah Hex artist like Jordi Bernet. That would have been sweet.

This is terrible news. He is one of my absolute favorite artists and I was really looking forward to his Cowboy Batman. But I will also certainly be checking out this mystery project, as I am quite fond of Kerschl’s work too.

Reading between the lines of Cameron’s comments here, it seems likely that there’s no script for issue 4 yet, otherwise he surely would have started work on the interiors by now.
The end of this series is going to be L-A-T-E. Hopefully that doesn’t mean Seven Soldiers #1 late, or Watchmen #12 late…
Looks liek ‘Tec might not be the only Bat-family title treading water in the coming months…

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