Something else odd in the Marvel shipping update:
CAPTAIN MARVEL #8 is written by Kelly Sue Deconnick & a TBD author.
The odd part isn’t the announcement of a co-author, but that said co-author is “TBD,” considering that DeConnick announced awhile back that #7 and 8 will be co-written by Screamland‘s Christopher Sebela. Hopefully this is some odd internal Marvel miscommunication and not a sign that Sebela won’t be handling #8 (The issue was originally solicited with DeConnick writing solo).
I’ve actually come to really like the Marvel method of paring “established” writers with newcomers to introduce them to the publisher – It’s how we got both Matt Fraction and Rick Remender, after all, so it’s got a proven success rate, as well as keeping a constant influx of new blood on the writing side. Admittedly, I still get a little worried when I see a co-writer being added to a book I’m enjoying – I’ve taken to assuming it means that the established writer is getting ready to move on – but, as a formal way of introducing new creators to the company, it’s pretty hard not to admire, breaking both creators and readers in gently, and sometimes resulting in things like The Immortal Iron Fist.