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Tuesday, March 31, 2009 

McDuffie unhappy with his own work on Justice League

It turns out that comics writer and animator Dwayne McDuffie is not enjoying the editorial mandate he's forced to contend with on his Justice League run. He tells this to another commentor on the V-Hive forum, which Robot 6 edits together like this:
Dwayne McDuffie: I wrote a scene set at their gravesite that I recently had to quickly rewrite into something not very good.

Matthew Murray: Do you actually enjoy writing JLA? It just seems to be constant editorial rewrites and bad art.

McDuffie: No, I don’t.
Well, Mr. McDuffie, in that case, let me suggest in fairness that if you're really unhappy with what they're forcing you to do, why don't you just either warn them that you'll be on your way out if they don't grant you more creative freedom, or leave the job altogether. Why continue to make yourself miserable doing things you don't like doing? A smart person would pack his bags, move on out and not let the editors keep thinking they've got him/her squarely in their pockets.

That said, I'm actually glad if he had to change any implication that Hawkman and Hawkgirl were dead, one of the subjects of the topic he's replying to, whether he approves of the idea or not, and tell that they're alive. These meaningless deaths are uncalled for and getting way out of hand. Declaring Carter and Kendra alive and well is actually welcome, though I wouldn't be surprised if even then, the story in the League still turned out to be as lousy as Final Crisis was.

McDuffie would do well to take the advice of departing, and set an example for all writers who'd like to write for the big two but are finding the editorial mandates impossible.

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