Greg Rucka has announced that DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” #25 will be his last issue on the title. Before fans begin speculating on the reason for his departure, however, the writer assures everyone that it was his decision to make, explaining he “can’t maintain the pace on the title while also fulfilling my commitments to my other collaborators.” Rucka was an instrumental part of the character’s series’ relaunch as part of DC’s Rebirth initiative.
“Writing Diana again has been an amazing experience, on the level of a dream-come-true,” Rucka explained on his Tumblr. “All any of us who’ve worked on the book this last year have wanted is to serve her well, to illuminate what we so absolutely believe makes Wonder Woman such a remarkable and unique and timeless and important character. To have had that opportunity is something that I doubted I would ever get again. Most of us don’t get a single bite at the apple, let alone two, you know? To get that opportunity at a time when Diana is rising to such (long-overdue) prominence makes that apple all the sweeter. That she’s turned 75 during the course of our run is–to ruin the analogy–icing on the cake.
“We started Rebirth with a specific, though fairly broad, mandate from DC. ‘Bring her back to her core,’ was what Geoff Johns told me,” Rucka continued. “How we did it was up to us. Our success in doing so is measured, of course, by you. ‘Wonder Woman’ 23 sees the end of our ‘primary’ storyline, ‘The Lies/The Truth,’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ 24 serves as something of an epilogue to that tale. ‘Wonder Woman 25′ will, I hope, set a table for who is to follow, and provide for them as much room to work and explore and grow. Diana’s future is bright, that’s what I’m saying.”
Rucka went on to thank his many collaborators, including editors Mark Doyle, Chris Conroy, Rebecca Taylor, and David Wielgosz; artists Nicola Scott, Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely, Matthew Clark, Jodi Wynne, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Laura Martin.
Insisting he expects there will be more DC work for him in the future, for now Rucka will focus on his creator-owned titles at Image Comics like “Black Magick” with Scott and “Lazarus,” Oni Press’ “Stumptown,” and his Kickstarter comic “Lady Sabre.”