RUMOR: Fialkov walks because DC wants to kill John Stewart?

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News broke earlier this week that Joshua Hale Fialkov would be leaving “Green Lantern Corps” and “Red Lanterns” but the writer has spoken and it has led to speculation by some on the Internet on the nature of his departure.

Fialkov took to his personal blog and gave this reason for the stepping down:

Just a quick note to confirm what everyone knows, I am no longer the writer of GLC and Red Lanterns for DC Comics. There were editorial decisions about the direction of the book that conflicted with the story I was hired to tell, and I felt that it was better to let DC tell their story the way they want. I’m grateful for the opportunity and I’ll miss working with the entire Green Lantern team.

This was not an easy decision to make emotionally or financially, but, I’m sure it was the right decision for both me, and for the Green Lantern books. The outpouring of support, your kind words and well wishes means so much to me and my family.

In the meantime, I’ll be writing ALPHA: BIG TIME and THE ULTIMATES over at Marvel, and THE DEVILLERS at Dynamite. I’ve got a couple more projects in the works, so stay tuned.

His words regarding “the direction of the book” led Rich Johnson from Bleeding Cool to do more digging into his sources and is being led to believe that DC editorial was wanting to change Fialkov’s upcoming storyline to one where John Stewart would be “killed off.” Johnson also goes on to say,

Josh’s departure from the books doesn’t mean that the story is dead of course. Indeed, I understand that this is the story the new guys will be writing.

Whether any of these rumors are truthful or not the main point of this week continues to be the trouble DC is having with their editorial staff driving away their talent. Writers like Scott Synder and John Layman have both stated that they have had no problem with their editorial staff, but DC needs to find a solution before even more writers start walking out.

via Bleeding Cool