By Todd Allen
The season of writer changes continues at DC. It’s been rumored for weeks that Gail Simone left her co-writing duties on Firestorm. Today, DC confirms Simone’s departure and names Joe Harris her replacement. Issue 7 will be his first.
In the greater scheme of things, Harris is probably best known to the world at large as the screenwriter for the horror film Darkness Falls. In the comics world, Harris has done a little work for a lot of publishers. Joker’s Asylum – Scarecrow and Battle for the Cowl: Man-Bat for DC. Bishop, Slingers and X-Men: The Search for Cyclops for Marvel. B.R.P.D and Creepy for Dark Horse. Ghost Projekt for Oni. Vampirella and the Scarlet Legion for Dynamite.
Yes, Bishop and Slingers were from the Bob Harras Marvel era.
Co-writer Ethan Van Sciver (who’s remaining on the book) will be drawing issues 7 and 8, then Yildiray Cinar will return and remain as the regular artist.
As for Simone’s status, DC puts it this way:
FIRESTORM’s co-plotter for the first six issues, Gail Simone will remain entrenched in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, focusing her attention on the Gotham City exploits of BATGIRL.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.