Thursday, January 25, 2007

Some Things Never Change

Have you EVER heard of Rob Leifeld? His reputation for lateness in comics? Well, I found this on's Lying in The Gutters the other day, and just had to share it. Seems that Leifeld is causing delays on Onslaught Reborn - GO FIGURE.

Rob Liefeld's schedules reminds me of Douglas Adams' comment about loving deadlines - "I love the noise they make as they whoosh past." Every book this century seems to have been late, whether that be weeks and months late on "X-Force" and "Teen Titans," or years on "Youngblood Bloodsport" (which, reportedly complete, was originally planned for 2002, but recently resolicited from mid-2004's solicitation to ship in November 2006 - it didn't.)

So the news Rob has been working on the "Onslaught Reborn" series with Jeph Loeb set certain people's stopwatches ticking. Especially since it was meant to be a weekly five issue mini series, shipping in November. Well that soon changed.

Rob started work on the project in March 2006 and previewed pages at the end of that month. In mid-September, he stated he had finished issue #2, but then in October stated he was still working on the issue in question, trying to solve problems with one particular spread. The book was clearly now going to be a monthly. When the first issue shipped late November, Rob stated he was working on the third issue - which conflicted with earlier interviews when he guaranteed he'd have finished the third issue by that point and also guaranteed a monthly schedule.

Issue 3's original shipping date of January 17th first slipped to January 31st but has now slipped to February 14th.

Onslaught #4's published schedule has slipped from February 21st to March 7th but #5 is still at 28th March. Hmmm.

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