According to a report on Newsarama, Savage Hawkman scribe Rob Liefeld is quitting DC Comics after next month's Zero Month issues.
Replacements have been informally announced for Deathstroke and Grifter, but no word on who will take over the writing duties for Hawkman. I suspect that it might be Mark Poulton, who has been Liefeld's co-writer on the series (apparently writing dialogue over Liefeld's plots and/or scripts; it is unclear the actual division of labor).
This is something of a surprise and then not something of a surprise. Liefeld has been hinting on Twitter that he was "next" after Grant Morrison to remove himself from DC Comics. So I am not exactly floored by this turn of events. I am, however, surprised that apparently this happened very quickly, because Rob's name is on the solicits for #13 and #14, which are after #0. So this evidently was something unplanned, as DC was advertising his work on the title several months beyond.
I need to see who will replace Liefeld before I decide how I feel about this. Honestly, if Poulton takes over and the art team stays in place, and the title continues on the current trajectory, then I don't know that Liefeld will be missed. Then again his plots have been the sort of straight forward, honest superhero stuff which I really enjoy, so who knows?
Mostly I am annoyed by the fact that this is our second major creative shake-up in a year. I mean, we just went through this when Daniel and Tan left, now Liefeld is leaving and we are doing it all over again. Like I said, my hope is that Bennett and company will stay in place on the visuals and that we can get someone on board to continue with the same tone we have gotten since #9. But all of that is up in the air at this point -- assuming that Liefeld's quitting even turns out to be true. He has "quit" companies before to no avail; as he said above this is the 4th time he has quit in 4 months.
Hopefully the loss of Liefeld will not mean a complete abandonment of the current direction and Hawkman will continue to soar. More as this develops...