I've been following the 2016 Lucifer series, and enjoying it. While re-arranging my Calibre library, I noticed that, while all the issues up to and including 12th have been written by Holly Black, issue 13 was written by Black and Richard Kadrey, while all issues after that were written by Kadrey alone.

Issue #13 Issue #14 Issue #15
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The original Lucifer comic series was written by Mike Carey alone. The Sandman was written by Neil Gaiman alone. While a rotating cast of artists is a known thing in comics, especially in The Sandman and the new Lucifer series (though not so much in Mike Carey's series), I didn't know of a series that would change the writer in the middle of the run, and especially in the middle of an arc.

I know some other comics do it, but I expected Lucifer to be held to a higher standard. What is the reason the writer was changed mid-series? Was it a pre-mediated decision, or was it because of a disagreement over the process (which seems unlikely since Black and Kadrey did an issue together)?

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    The most I can find only implies it was amicable, and at least somewhat pre-meditated; they did press on the handoff, but I can't find any comments on the reasons. I did stumble on a mention (unsourced, so *shrug) that she was reluctant to do a monthly comic series, perhaps a year was enough.
    – Radhil
    May 27, 2017 at 20:13
  • @Radhil That's good to read - looks like at least it wasn't a violent break-up with Vertigo on Black's part. Thank you! May 27, 2017 at 20:21


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