Well, that was quick.
Buried in the announcement about the Superman: Earth One sequel was the news that writer J. Michael Straczynski would be stepping down as writer of Superman and Wonder Woman, two books he took over to much fanfare mere months ago, in order to focus all of his energy on the Superman: Earth One sequel.
This is a personal blow to me on two fronts. One, I was really and truly enjoying the story that Straczynski was telling in Wonder Woman. It has been a lot of fun and Wonder Woman hasn't seen this much heat on it in years. As for Superman, well… I think the Pick of the Week Podcast will be a little less fun now.
Chris Roberson will be taking over writing duties with Superman #707, and Phil Hester with Wonder Woman #605.
UPDATE - I wanted to pull out and highlight Straczynski's statement on the recent developments:
“I’d originally come to DC to do the Superman Earth One book which, at the time, was top secret so nobody knew about it and filled out on Brave and the Bold for a while to have fun and get up to speed on the DCU. When I was done with SEO I took on the Superman and Wonder Woman monthlies on the theory that I’d have time to script the full 12 issues before bounding back onto Earth One. But when the huge numbers started coming in on Earth One, and the need to fastrack the next volumes became evident in order to keep the momentum going, I knew there was no way in god’s green earth that I could write that and the monthlies simultaneously. Since DC has had my notes and outlines from day one on both titles, so they’re still my stories, it makes sense to let Chris and Phil keep going from the story beats I’ve set up. I’ll dive in on occasion as needed for important story points. It’s still my story, I’m involved in both books, and they’re going to continue in the direction we set up. I’m looking forward to seeing what Chris and Phil have in store.
“Meanwhile, I’m taking full advantage of the situation to take a one- to five-year sabbatical from writing monthlies in order to go exclusively into writing graphic novels like Superman Earth One and Samaritan X, along with the occasional high-visibility minseries. I think that’s where the business is going, and creatively, limited series and graphic novels have always been my strong suit in that they let me tell cohesive stories with a beginning, middle and end. They can also be written and drawn before anything is ever announced or solicited, as was the case with Earth One, which has been one of the greatest and most creatively rewarding experience of my career. At some point I’m sure I’ll come back to monthlies — it’s just too darn much fun — but for the next one to five years, it’s strictly GNs and miniseries, with Superman Earth One being the first priority, followed by Samaritan X.”