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Jeff Rucka Steps Away from Wonder Woman

DC Comics writer Jeff Rucka has pretty much cemented himself as THE modern voice of Wonder Woman.

He initially took over her story in 2003 and rocked with her through 2006.When it was time for Geoff Johns to appoint someone to helm the Rebirth title that would bring her back to her roots, Rucka was the natural choice.

On Wednesday via Tumbler, the writer announced that the twice-monthly pace of the series is interfering with his other projects and that he is stepping away from the title.

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

“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.”

Rucka is a veteran in the game and his other titles such as his venture with Image ComicsBlack Magick are ready to benefit from his expansive storytelling.

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