The Infinite has been canceled seemingly over creative differences stemming from a new inker.
From Rob Liefeld’s Twitter:
Creative differences are the doom of every creative endeavor.
Unfortunately creative differences have sunk the Infinite. It’s over.
5 days ago RT
@robertliefeld Infinite fans -Update tried a new inker over 14 pages of issue #5. I loved em- but split decision w/Skybound
The Infinite, which debuted in 2011, paired Image Comics past and present in creators Rob Liefeld and Robert Kirkman. The story followed Bowen, a solider from the future who goes back to the past to team up with a younger version of himself to make things right.
UPDATE (1/21 9pm):
Kabooooom contacted Rob Liefeld for comment.
“I won’t speak or comment further,” he said.
UPDATE (1/23 9pm):
Liefeld explained some of the situation on his boards:
I gave pages to both MAC and Canaan, they did a great job. Kirkman did not feel the same. We argued and went back and forth, put a pretty bitter taste in my mouth.
No one has told me how to present my work in 25 years, I’m
Pretty fed up over the whole debacle.
As a fan I have always loved seeing artists work through the eyes of a variety of inkersvand finishers. Byrne inked by Austin looks different than inked by Layton, looks different than inked by Ordway, but at the end of the day, it’s still Byrne.
Sorry, I can’t produce timely work if I’m told to re-draw pages that I LOVE.
My life is not set up for that.
If I want to evolve my work, expand it, alter the way it looks, without limiting the amount of detail than that’s what I will do. I can’t have the terms of my art dictated to.
The storytelling was approved, the final line art was rejected. The stalemate went on a month. Where are the fans who want their product being served if the production pipeline is shut down.
This does not happen at the corporations I work with. In fact in my 25 years it has never happened.
Yeah, this is a really sour experience. Seriously…..nah….bites tongue.
Again, I run my books the same all over and I have pursued being on time, getting books out as having the most value. From DPC to Hawk and Dove, the 1st rule, every page can’t be a masterpiece, just can’t. 2nd rule, if it can’t be a masterpiece, at least make it presentable, make it interesting.
These pages accomplish that, and then some…they are great pages. No they do not adhere to a strict Liefeld line art, but they fit in and belong in the wheelhouse.
Bleeding Cool has the side by side images of Liefeld’s pencil’s vs. M.A.C.’s final inks.