From the NYT:
Marvel Entertainment, the home of Captain America, Spider-Man and the X-Men, among other colorful heroes, is undergoing a change in leadership. The company released a statement Friday announcing the appointment of C. B. Cebulski as editor in chief. Mr. Cebulski is replacing Axel Alonso, who served in that role since 2011 and is leaving Marvel.
“It’s crazy. It’s an honor. I’m blown away by the opportunity,” Mr. Cebulski said in a telephone interview from his home in Shanghai. He said he wants to foster talent at each step of creating a comic. “We always hear about the writers and artists, but people forget the inkers and the colorists and the letters,” he said. “Each of them is an artist in their own right.”
What were the reasons for Alonso’s exit? No details yet but the last few years have seen a reversal of fortune in both storytelling and marketplace success for Marvel. Whereas DC turned itself around after Nu52 with Rebirth, along with a heavy dose of mea culpa, Marvel seemed incapable of going the same route, choosing instead to double-down on social politics and event driven stories. With Legacy drawing a collective sigh from fandom, it may have been the last gasp for Alonso. From Newsarama:
No reason for Alonso’s departure or his destination were given. In a statement on Twitter, Marvel said “Axel Alonso leaves an incredible mark at Marvel. His vision shaped some of our most iconic Super Heroes and stories. We wish him the best.”
Alonso’s exit marks the second major departure from Marvel in as many weeks, with prominent writer Brian Michael Bendis departing for an exclusive with DC Comics.
Does this mean Marvel is about to start changing its tune? Stay tuned! At least at the onset this is a positive sign.