Last night, Rick Remender announced his intentions to “take a break” from his work with Marvel comics. The writer, known for his tenures on Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Captain America, says that he owes Marvel a great debt for enabling him to “provide for [his] family as it grew” and for taking a chance on him when he quit his first job as a successful animator to pursue his career in comics.
Before Remender worked with Marvel, he put out several books with Image, the most notable of which is Fear Agent with Tony Moore. Creator-owned work has always been Remender’s greatest passion, though when he started out the market “didn’t seem to want such things.” Recently, however, things have changed. Remender currently writes a number of my favorite Image titles including Black Science; Deadly Class; and most recently, Low. This work has become increasingly time consuming, and so:
For the next year, I’m only going to do work that the artists and I own. Putting my ass on the line along with my partners, and try for the dream one more time. To get back to doing what feeds my soul. To be around for my family during some trying times and spend my work hours making comics with the people I want to, the exact way we want to make them, and owning and controlling the fruits of our labor.
Remender’s announcement comes on the heels of a number of creative shakeups for Marvel’s “All-New All-Different” line up. Yesterday, Marvel announced that Jeff Lemire would take the reigns on the new Uncanny X-Men series. Jonathan Hickman has previously stated that he would also be taking a vacation from the House of M following the end of Secret Wars.
Things are moving at a breakneck pace in the lead up to SDCC. It’s hard to imagine how Marvel will top themselves at the convention.