Greg Rucka Departing Wonder Woman Because Of Its Twice-Monthly Pace

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DC Rebirth Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka has announced via his tumblr that he will be leaving the comic with it's 25th issue.

Making a point to put people's mind at ease that he is not leaving for any nefarious reasons or being fired, he simply needs to respect his commitments to his fellow collaborators and projects.

Rucka of course came on board Wonder Woman to relaunch the series as part of the Rebirth soft relaunch, and saw the character explore her history and establish what makes Wonder Woman a unique and interesting character in comics. Along with Nicola Scott, Liam Sharp, Bilquis Evely, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and more, Rucka has looked at the origins of Wonder Woman and also in the modern day discovering her memory of her history has been altered.

Below, you can read Rucka's statement on his departure, but the above link to his twitter has even more, including his praise and thanks for his collaborators on the series.

Wonder Woman 25 will be my last issue on the title, at least for the time being.

Before we get to rampant speculation, this is my decision. I just can't maintain the pace on the title while also fulfilling my commitments to my other collaborators. It is, genuinely, as simple as that.

Writing Diana again has been an amazing experience, on the level of a dream-come-true. 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. 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.

Comics don't get made in a vaccuum. Everything that we've done this past year is the result of so many people, of so much effort on their parts. Good editors are hard to find anywhere, but Mark Doyle has assembeld an amazing team with Chris Conroy and Rebecca Taylor and David Wielgosz. They are unbelievably good at their jobs. We wouldn't have managed one issue, let alone 26 (I'm counting the Rebirth issue, too!) without them.

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