Mark Waid lets me down
Wow! That really has me feeling disappointed to learn that a writer whom I once thought was pretty talented is going to play along with an editor who's becoming quickly unpopular, and take up the assignment of writing a book being held hostage to unfair mandates. But maybe this shouldn't be too surprising after how Waid went along with editorial dictations since Identity Crisis, and even seems to accept the death of his own creation, Bart Allen, as fait accompli. That could even suggest why sales for Flash dropped shortly after "The Wild Wests" went to press, as people were understandably let down by how he just waved a white flag and went along with what DC's done.
I heard that even Roger Stern may make a story contribution to ASM, one more sign of how some of the most well regarded writers of the yesteryear are abandoning any solid stands they might've once had in favor of getting paid to write under embarassing circumstances like what ASM's been put through. Several years ago, I wondered why some writers weren't getting hired lately. But even there, there's a problem, that writers who aren't getting work as of recent may be willing to do whatever the editors tell them if that's what it takes to get back into the business again, even if it involves something unpopular with the readership.
There may be a lesson to be learned in this, that even some well-regarded writers today can really let people down by siding with the editors mandating the stories, even if it leaves in place the damage being done.