What happened to Brian Wood’s run on X-Men?
Marvel’s new shipping updates includes this change:
X-MEN #38 has a new creative team: writer Seth Peck and artist Paul Azaceta, not Brian Wood and David Lopez as previously solicited.
Looking at Brian Wood’s own list of his upcoming releases, his last X-Men mention is, in fact, October’s #37 (He continues on Ultimate X-Men past then, so it’s not as if the list hasn’t been updated for Marvel releases), and Marvel’s Tom Brevoort ducked the question of whether or not Wood would be continuing on the title a couple of days ago on his Formspring page. Weirdly enough, Wood tweeted yesterday that #38 was “the last issue I was contracted to write,” suggesting that he’s totally done with the series – and yet, his last issue now apparently won’t be used (if it was, in fact, ever written; for all we know, Marvel changed plans before he’d had a chance to start).
Update: Seth Peck has revealed a few more details on Twitter: He’s on board for issues #38 and #39 “for sure,” a two-parter guest-starring Daredevil.
Update #2: Brian Wood has responded on his Tumblr, clarifying the situation:
I just read this Newsarama blog post that had some errors in it and suggested a couple things that aren’t true. I also get a lot of questions about my run on X-Men, so to clear up:
I was, way back, asked to write 8 issues of X-Men, and I have, concluding with #37. My name appeared in the solicitation for #38, but that was a typo. I have not written #38, as that blog post suggests. Seth Peth and (the amazing) Paul Azaceta are taking over the title.
So it’s all according to plan, I wasn’t taken off the book or anything weird like that. I’m sure it won’t be the last 616 X-Men I write. It also won’t be the last time I work with David Lopez.