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Quote of the Day | Tony Daniel on Andy Diggle’s ‘Action’ exit

action comics19“Yes, many have heard, Andy Diggle left Action Comics after the first issue. I can only say I feel bad he made that decision. I think it was the wrong one, but that was his choice to make. For the remainder of the arc I’ll be working off his plots to finish out this first arc. So essentially, I become ‘scripter’ in the credits w/Andy as ‘plotter.’ As for myself, I end my short run after I complete this first arc, which ends with issue 21. This was preplanned since last fall as there is another project I’ll be taking on, and assisting with, a massive project with DC. I still think people will like this arc and I’m staying as true as I can be to Andy’s plans for this story. In the end I hope he’ll find it somewhat recognizable as something he took part in.”

Tony S. Daniel, commenting on his Facebook page about the abrupt departure of writer Andy Diggle from Action Comics after just one issue. Daniel, who was initially announced as penciler of the DC Comics series, previously had stints writing Batman, Detective Comics and The Savage Hawkman.



I think Tony Daniel is a great artist, but slightly above average writer (most of the time); it’s a shame Diggle couldn’t stick around longer, because I think they would’ve had a better run on the book than Morrison, who seems to have lost his groove somewhat with the Man of Steel. I wonder what DC did to piss off Diggle though, probably something similar to what pushed Failkov off the GL books.

When will the stupidity at DC end???

So despite all the hype, we get one issue of Andy Diggle as the writer? Just one issue? Y’know, I think that I will just give it a miss all the same.

I wish Tony Daniel all the best. I have liked his art in the past, although I’m not a fan of his writing.

And I wish that DC Editorial could sort themselves out. They really have been a mess since Paul Levitz left.

You’d think that after all the ads for Diggle’s Action run (in ALL the DC books i got yesterday), DC would’ve bent over backwards to try and not drive him away.

I would be a lot more upset if I was a fan of Diggle’s. His previous work for DC never really worked for me. But this continues to not be how to run a railroad.

Well, at least Snyder’s Superman book should be worth reading.

Daniel’s art has gotten worse since his masterpiece of RIP, but it’s still pretty good. His writing, on the other hand, is fucking abominable. I was tempted to stick it out on Action with him just on art, but there’s no way I’m reading it if he’s involved in the story, too.


March 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Gonna try #19 with a critical eye. If I like it, read until #22 and see how Daniels does.

From Bleeding Cool’s Wizard World Portland recap:

Aaron Kuder […] also teased that he should be taking over Action Comics when Tony Daniel leaves and potential fill ins on Superman starting with issue 19. As he put it “DC likes to have Tony on a variety of things, so keeping him in one spot is hard”.

So, that might be one mystery solved. As to who’ll actually be writing those post-Daniel, Kuder-drawn issues, I guess we’ll find out eventually.

Jake Earlewine

March 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

DC continues to circle the drain.

Thanks Tony, best of luck to you. Action Comics, guess I’ll be looking your way around issue 22……

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