Syaf contract terminated by Mahvel

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>Following a major controversial over highly charged political and religious messages hidden into “X-Men Gold” #1, Marvel has officially announced that Ardian Syaf is no longer that series’ artist as his contract with the company has been terminated, “effective immediately.”

>Due to the fact that the next two issues of the twice-monthly series has already been sent to the printer, Syaf’s art will continue to be seen in “X-Men Gold” #2 and “X-Men Gold” #3. R.B. Silva will draw “X-Men Gold” #4, #5 and #6 — issue #4 was originally solicited with art by Syaf — and Ken Lashley will illustrate “X-Men Gold” #7, #8 and #9.

>The original plan for the series was for Syaf to act as lead artist, with Silva and Lashley also rotating on the book. Marvel has stated that a replacement for Syaf on “X-Men Gold” will be named in the near future.

>Marvel’s statement, released to CBR, reads in full:

>“Marvel has terminated Ardian Syaf’s contract effective immediately. ‘X-Men Gold’ #2 and #3 featuring his work have already been sent to the printer and will continue to ship bi-weekly. Issues #4, #5, and #6 will be drawn by R. B. Silva and issues #7, #8, and #9 will be drawn by Ken Lashley. A permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘X-Men Gold’ in the coming weeks.”