Comics Alliance is reporting that Greg Rucka has written his last pages for DC Comics for the foreseeable future, and that his work on Batwoman is now a thing of the past, according to remarks he made at his Wondercon panel today. This confirms the worrisome rumors that began circulating in the wake of J.H. Williams' comments about the book to Ron during our recent Emerald City video.
A full transcript will be online later this weekend, but it seems that while Rucka still had a few more plans for Batwoman, including reuniting with Williams to tell the origin story of Alice, a variety of moves within DC editorial made telling that story within the pages of Detective Comics impossible.
Rucka is not doing the frequent "big name creator" move of simply switching from Shirts to Skins and writing for Marvel again. He is instead apparently going to focus on telling the creator-owned stories he wants to tell, including his Queen and Country novel. If there is a bright side to this otherwise abysmal news, it is that; many of us here at iFanboy have been big fans of both Queen and Country and Rucka's more recent Stumptown, and if this gives him the chance to put those books (or books like them) out more frequently then I for one am all for it.
Nonetheless, this is quite a blow to those of us who were enthusiastic fans of Rucka's recent DC work. Other than Green Lantern, the few DC books that have gotten their hooks into me and never let go have been Gotham Central and Rucka's Detective. His absence will be painfully felt.
This morning, on Twitter, Rucka commented:
To all who sent kind words: thank you! No bad blood w/ DC; just time to move on.
Over on his blog, JH Williams III, the artist on the Detective Run, commented:
As of this weekend Greg Rucka, who I’ve enjoyed working with very much, has announced his intentions to leave DC Comics, and in turn leave Batwoman behind. I was afraid something like this was going to occur but held out hope that it wouldn’t happen. That DC and Greg could come to some sort of agreement, apparently not going to happen. So what does this mean for Batwoman and the project I’ve spent a decent amount of time and thought on? I don’t know. I do know that DC is firmly committed to this character from what I here from them. So where does all of this leave us? I believe DC will want the character to continue somehow. In what form? I’m not sure, but she’ll be back, I’m sure of it. This character has too much potential to just go by the wayside. So we should be hearing some sort of news at the appropriate time I assume.
In the meantime I’ve had to take on some other work while all of this is coming down around me. These consist of several covers and some smaller story projects. I’m doing variant covers for American Vampire, Tom Strong, Batman Beyond, Wonder Woman, and DC Legacies. I’m also working on one of the DC Legacies co-features, a story based on the original Seven Soldiers Of Victory and is written by Len Wein, I’m about half done with it. The mentioned above variant cover for DC legacies is for this story. The other thing I’m working on is another issue of Jonah Hex, which I’ve been itching to do ever since the first one I did that came out last year. I love this book! So I’m thrilled to be doing another issue Justin and Jimmy and I’ll be providing the cover to that as well.