Posted by:
Matt McGloin

Co-Writer John Rozum Leaves 'Static Shock'


picWithout a direct explanation as to why, John Rozum, the co-writer on DC's new Static Shock has opted to leave the book.

It is unknown whether or not DC's new policy of getting books out on time had anything to do with it, but so far, there have been a couple artist changes, with this being the first writer to exit, I believe.

Worth a note is that while Rozum stated he would be continuing on with DC, he did say he was open to other offers (see below).

I reviewed the first issue of Static Shock, and felt it was a good read and a lot of fun. Rozum was co-writer along with artist Scott McDaniel.

John Rozum did make a couple statements via his facebook:

Just so everyone knows, I have resigned from 'Static Shock.' Before any speculation starts the decision was entirely mine. My issues for leaving had nothing to do with the character or with DC Comics. I plan to continue working for DC long into the future and am developing new projects for them at this time. I'm also open to any other offers, so if you are in the position to give me work, please let me know.

And his blog:

I am announcing that I have resigned from the DC Comics series, Static Shock. I'm not giving any details at this time, but before speculation begins I'd like to say a few things which I hope will curtail a lot of unwarranted hostility and placing of blame where it shouldn't be placed.
My decision to leave was of my own choice. I was not fired.
My decision to leave had nothing to do with the character of Static. I think Static is a great character with loads of potential, which I hope will get exploited. Given a lot of people's suspicious feelings regarding the relationship between DC Comics and Milestone Media, I will also warn not to read into this that my decision was based on any decisions regarding the handling of the character by DC Comics. This is not true. I maintain a belief that the folks at DC also share a belief that Static has a lot of potential as part of the DCnU and that they would like the character to remain true to his origins, and established nature.
My decision had nothing to do with DC Comics. I've been very happy overall with my time at DC over the roughly 15 years that I've worked for them and I plan to continue working with them into the future. The feeling is mutual. I'm developing new material for them even as I write this. DC Comics is in no way responsible for my decision to leave Static Shock, and have been very supportive of this decision.
For now, this is all I'm going to say on the matter.