Hey, remember when Axel Alonso said that the creative teams on the Marvel NOW! titles were solid and “85-90% of the time, the artist who draws #1 will be the regular artists on the title”? That last part may be being walked back a little. In last Friday’s Axel-In-Charge at CBR, Alonso addressed the changing art teams on books again:
It’s nothing new. We build all our accelerated-shipping series with a core artist and a complementary swing artist. It’s an inexact science, but we work with the writer to make it as seamless as possible. Speaking from experience, when I edited “Deadpool,” Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi — fantastic artists whose styles were complimentary — were my rotation. It was so fluid I could sometimes split up one arc between them without the readers feeling that the “actors” had changed mid-story. While this is standard operating procedure, I do want to stress that the books are firmly in the hands of one writer, whose long-term vision for the title — and whose involvement in the art assignments — anchors the series. We’re not playing musical chairs. We have faith in our writers.
What happened to the “85-90% of the time” that the original series artists will be the regular artist? It’s possible that he might have forgotten it this time, but also that that’s turning out not to be the case; John Cassaday has already been replaced as Uncanny Avengers regular artist after the first four issues, and when asked about Steve Dillon’s future on Thunderbolts, Alonso says that he “maybe” will come back. Should we be expecting more artistic shake-ups in future announcements?