Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman took to Twitter Wednesday to try something he told himself he'd never do: explain his work. In a series of tweets seemingly in response to calls for him to speak out about the wave of protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police, Hickman said:
I promised myself a couple years that I wouldn't ever explain my writing or comment personally on how I felt about what I was working on because I wasn't really interested in being the focus of attention — I wanted my work to be. Maybe that was wrong.
I've spent the last couple of years writing about nothing but what's currently going on and I think my feeling are clear. We're slaves to economic systems, the world is broken, and you can only stand on the backs of others for so long before they rise up. I believe that.
I have no idea what's going to happen next. I'd like to believe everything's going to be okay. I just don't know…and that's probably the worst part.
My DMs are open if you want to chat. I don't normally do that but I'm happy to talk if you need to. Stay safe.
A brief time later, and having been criticized for not going far enough with his statement or getting into specifics, Hickman returned to say he'd gotten through several hundred DM's. One common request was for him to post a link to Black Lives Matters' ways to help page. However, after some more time passed, Hickman declared defeat, saying:
Just checked back in and I mean this sincerely. I tried. I failed.
I'm flawed and fallen like everyone else, but this especially (It's obvious, I suppose) isn't the platform for me. Which I guess is the point of the books and not me.
Hickman then returned to posting random black and white images on his Twitter.