The universe abhors a vacuum, so when veteran scribe Greg Rucka announced his impending departure from DC's front-line Rebirth Wonder Woman comic to explore other projects and collaborations, the void was quickly filled by DC Superhero Girls' fan favorite, Shea Fontana.
On Wednesday, Rucka revealed his plans to exit Wonder Woman after issue #25 via his personal Tumblr account:
Wonder Woman 25 will be my last issue on the title, at least for the time being.
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.
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.
Fontana has been the primary writer on DC Superhero Girls for the past three years, chronicling the awkward high school years of budding teen crime-fighters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. The female-driven franchise has branched out into a merchandising line and spin-offs, including clothing, three seasons of animated shorts, books and original graphic novels.
"Having worked on DC Super Hero Girls for the last few years, I have a great sense of Wondy, a teenage Wonder Woman in a high school setting, and it's an honor and an adrenaline rush to be writing her 'all grown up,'" Fontana said in a publisher's statement. "Many of her core characteristics continue to remain routed in peace, justice, and equality, but as an adult she’s seen a lot more war and tragedy, and is dealing with her world from a wiser, more experienced point of view."
Here's our exclusive chat with Fontana from New York Comic-Con last October:
Fontana will inherit the Wonder Woman book with a clean slate and will be paired with artist Mirka Andolfo (DC Comics: Bombshells) for the initial two issues of the bi-monthly series, starting with Wonder Woman #26 on July 12. Right now, Fontana is only slated to step in for a five-issue gig following Rucka's exit, and it's not yet decided whether she'll stay on after that period, though she will keep writing for the DC Superhero Girls shorts and comics.
With this year's 75th anniversary of the Amazonian Princess, Patty Jenkins' big-screen solo debut of Wonder Woman on June 2, and Wonder Woman Day being celebrated on June 3, it's a fine time for Fontana to gather up the golden lasso and make her mark in Rucka's absence.