Graphic artist Chris Sprouse has pulled out of illustrating a DC Comics story that’s to be written by card-carrying homophobe, NOM Board Member and sci-fi writer Orson Scott
Card because of public outrage over Card’s involvement, AND, because of this Card’s story has been pulled from the first issue.
“It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story,” Sprouse said in a statement released Tuesday. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.”
Due to the creative change, the Card story will not appear in the first collected issue out May 29. Instead, it will feature a story by writer Jeff Parker and artist Chris Samnee, as well as a tale by Jeff Lemire and one by writer Justin Jordan and artist Riley Rossmo.
DC is also looking for a replacement illustrator for Card’s story.