In a statement, Marvel confirmed that controversial artist Ardian Syaf’s contract has been terminated and R.B. Silva and Ken Lashley are taking over the art on X-Men Gold. Silva (The Uncanny Inhumans) will draw issues 4,5 ad 6. Lashley (X-Men Prime and every other book ever) will draw issues 7, 8 and 9. X-men Gold is biweeklky, so Syaf’s 2nd and 3rd issues will still see print (but definitely be scanned with a fine toothed comb for local references.) Lashley and Silva were slated to be fill in artists on the title and a full time permanent artist is yet to be named.
“Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”
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