Writer Greg Rucka has announced his impending departure from Wonder Woman with June's #25. Rucka explained his departure in a Tumblr post, saying his leaving is due to the twice-monthly pace of the series and his outside commitments on his creator-owned titles.
"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," said Rucka.
"Writing Diana again has been an amazing experience, on the level of a dream-come-true," the writer continued. "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 began writing Wonder Woman at the onset of "Rebirth" in June 2016, returning to the title after a previous run from October 2003 to April 2006.
No writer has been named as Rucka's replacement. Wonder Woman #25 is due out on shelves June 28. Wonder Woman #26 has not yet been solicited.
Rucka's departure will coincide with the month of the theatrical release of the Wonder Woman film on June 2.