Ed Brubaker leaves Capt. America for more indie projects
"The Death of Captain America" turned out to be the best thing that happened to the book in ways because everything we were able to do after that, because the main character wasn't in the book, was so much more interesting than when he was in the book. It was a total curveball and you didn't know what was going to come next. There was a lot of fun to be had in it, and at the same time it was driven by these characters that were characters I had an attachment to from childhood.Does that include Steve Rogers or doesn't it? What he's implying is that Cap was the least interesting character to him, or that he considers him boring, and if that's what he's saying, it's a real dismay. Not only is he putting down Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation, he's showing a complete disability and disinterest in trying to make Cap more interesting if he thinks past writing efforts weren't up to his level.
SPURGEON: Tell me this. You've worked this specific period for Marvel. I don't follow the mainstream books as closely as I would if this were the main focus of the site. It seems to me, though, that this period has been distinguished by a pretty deep writer's bench for Marvel. There are a lot of you guys that are talented, that are working on those books for Marvel.Sure they are. Fraction, one who's got some of the worst leftist leanings for writers today, and Bendis, the one who made a mockery of the Avengers by shaming the Scarlet Witch, and didn't have the courage to write and market the cast he had like Luke Cage and Dr. Strange in titles more suited to their professions like Heroes for Hire and the Defenders, and who even relied on obvious choices like Spider-Man and Wolverine, who've already got enough books to star in. Nor did he have much affection for Hawkeye, another victim of his pretentious writing. I don't know about the rest of Brubaker's picks, but Fraction and Bendis are certainly among the worst of Quesada/Alonso's favored writers who've littered up the company.
BRUBAKER: I definitely think... they've got Jason Aaron, and Jonathan Hickman and Matt Fraction and Rick Remender. Obviously Brian Bendis, who writes so many comics I can't understand how he possibly keeps up. Kieron Gillen... all of these guys are talented guys.
If Brubaker's at least one foot out the door at Marvel, he could end up becoming another signal of how they're losing talent because of the draconian editorial mandates they've imposed for a decade now on how their output is to be published, though he himself went along with a lot of it, and was therefore an accomplice to wrecking the company.