It is a sad news day for fans of New 52 sleeper hit, Suicide Squad. Immediately following September’s issue, writer Ales Kot will be leaving the book and handing over writer duties to Matt Kindt (of Mind MGMT and soon to be several other DC titles fame). Patrick Zircher appears to be staying as series artist. After numerous speculations and theories hit the internet following the release of October’s DC Comics solicitations, Kot released this statement via his tumblr account:
Dear readers —
Since the solicitations for October’s DC titles came out, I was repeatedly asked if I am no longer writing Suicide Squad. Yes, Matt Kindt is writing SS #24 and I am no longer writing Suicide Squad. Matt’s 3 Story is one of my favorite graphic novels I read in the last few years and I look forward to reading Mind MGMT when I finally find the time to buy the first hardcover collection, which you can find here. Matt Kindt is a very capable storyteller who is doing exciting things in the comics medium and I wish him great things.
I killed my deadlines, I wrote my best, and I have no regrets whatsoever.
Thank you for the ride, for your support, for everything.
Have wonderful days and nights.
ZERO #1 is coming out 9/18 from Image Comics. Come with us.
So there you have it. This brings up a series of interesting questions as well as decisions for both DC Comics as well as the readers. Will you follow Kot to Image? Will you stay on board to see how Kindt tackles the Suicide Squad? And just what on earth is going on behind the scenes with DC Comics? As usual, sound off below. But first and foremost, pick up the next issue of Kot’s Suicide Squad, hitting stands on July 10. Let’s give him a worthy sendoff.