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Subj: Re: Rucka out
Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 at 11:12:16 am EDT (Viewed 121 times)
Reply Subj: Rucka out
Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 at 06:54:44 pm EDT (Viewed 18 times)

    Can't really say that I'm surprised by the news giving what's going on in the industry, but I am a little disappointed. Just when I was getting used to 'this' version of Diana..there is a new Diana right around the corner. Not that she won't be great, but she will be different. *sigh*

    With the double issues and two different time periods, Rucka did stick around for the equivalent of 2 yrs; but it still seems too short of a stint. Was I crazy to think he would at least match his last tenure of 3 yrs? It probably is more lucrative for him to concentrate on his creator owned properties (love his (Lazarus).

I don't know as working in the independent sector is more lucrative, in the short-term at least, but without a doubt it must be more satisfying. To own your own ideas, be in control, and to write with a wholly free hand characters that are yours has obvious lure for anyone... doubly so if you are a writer/artist of the proven capability of a Greg Rucka or Ed Brubaker.
I have some regret over his leaving Wonder Woman as the characterisation he has brought to the series is the best it has been in many many years, yet the pacing and marketing of the series has been progressively deteriorating and has proven difficult to follow by this stage. Whether it has been an editorial decision or a writer preference is unclear, but at this point in time the book has begun to drag under the weight of its padding and glacial pacing and it would not be a surprise if all of this doddering has been reflected in sales of the book.

It is a pity, for as I have made no secret I have enjoyed much of his work a great deal on this series. Yet if the weight of the scheduling has taken its toll on him and other, more personal, projects are vying for attention then I wish the best of luck to him.
His contribution, flawed as it has been, has been to the main characters great benefit. He will leave them in a far better place than he found them. And you can't ask for better than that. \(yes\)

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