Two days removed from Rob Liefeld’s departure from DC, another significant name from the other big company is reported to be leaving as well. According to Ed Brubaker’s twitter account “To end all speculation: Cap 19 and Winter Soldier 14 are my last Marvel Books for now.” While he did leave the door open for a return to Marvel, this looks to be the end of a very good run of years for Brubaker. According to an interview run on the Comic Book Resources website, Brubaker had been under the impression that the run on Winter Solider would end around issue 14 or 15, however, due to the strengthening of sales on the back of the Captain America sequel and enthusiasm from the Avengers movie, the series has received renewed confidence and will continue on under writer Jason Latour. His original expectations, coupled with time constraints from “…outside comic book work…” Brubaker has decided to leave the series as it stands.
The most troubling part of the report is the impression being left by this departure and the one by Liefeld from DC. Said Brubaker “I struggled with it, and Tom (Brevoort) and I discussed several possibilities of me staying, some of which I can’t really discuss openly, because they concern internal workings of the company”. It’s almost a telling sign that if big figures in the industry are willing to leave paying jobs and for them to leave money on the table to pursue other ventures, especially an unproven one with Brubaker potentially seguing into TV and film, that things may not be well at the top. While this is definitely speculation on my own part, if more names start to leave their stations at the DC and Marvel, more questions will arise as to whether or not these people are being treated fairly. At the end of the day, though, a job is a job and when the employee does not feel valued or are not rewarded; more departures may continue to occur.