With Wonder Woman about to get a lot of attention in the coming months thanks to a new film, creators Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp have both announced they will be leaving the comic book series from DC Comics.
The creative team announced their final issue will be Wonder Woman #25 arriving at the end of June (shortly after the release of the movie). According to Rucka, there is no nefarious dealings going on that are forcing them out – it is just the stress of writing a twice-monthly series.
In his Tumblr post, Rucka said, “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.”
In regards to his projects, Rucka said he and Nicola Scott are getting back to work on Black Magick, he has finished a draft of Lazarus +86 mini-series, and a new Stumptown is on the way as well.
Liam Sharp announced his next project is something at DC Comics, but he can’t talk about it yet.
Pssst! My next project at @DCComics is in the pipeline, and I'm not straying TOO far far… but I can't say any more than that! ;-)
— Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) April 12, 2017
When Wonder Woman launched as part of DC’s Rebirth, there was some early controversy between Rucka and cover artist Frank Cho, but beyond that, the series has been well received with Wonder Woman #18 landing at the #26 position on the March 2017 Top 300 List.
DC has not announced a new creative team, but we expect an announcement in the coming weeks.