DC Rebirth’s Wonder Woman Comic Gets New Creative Team

Rucka bids farewell to Diana Prince all over again.

Update: DC has now revealed the new creative team taking over Wonder Woman in July. According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Super Hero Girls writer Shea Fontana and artist Mirka Andolfo will make their debut on Wonder Woman #26.

“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 now ‘all grown up,'” Fontana said. “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.”

THR reports that Andolfo will draw the first two issues of Fontana’s run, and that Fontana is currently contracted to write five issues. Whether she extends her run beyond that point remains to be seen.

The original story is below:

Writer Greg Rucka will be leaving DC’s ongoing Wonder Woman comic as of June’s Wonder Woman #25.

Rucka made the announcement via his Tumblr, explaining that the decision was his and that the series’ twice-monthly schedule was making it difficult to keep up his commitments to his other projects. “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.

Wonder Woman #1 cover by Liam Sharp. (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman #1 cover by Liam Sharp. (DC Comics)

Rucka continued, “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 went on to praise the work of his many collaborators, including artists Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott, Bilquis Evely and Matthew Clark, colorists Laura Martin and Romulo Fajardo Jr. and letterer Jodi Wynne.

Wonder Woman #24 cover by Bilquis Evely. (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman #24 cover by Bilquis Evely. (DC Comics)

The good news is that Rucka seems intent on remaining involved at DC. “I’m optimistic that there’ll be more work with DC announced soon,” he said. “In the meantime, Nicola and I are getting back to Black Magick, I’m working with an amazing raft of talent on the Lazarus +66 miniseries, Justin and I are getting ready to return to Portland in Stumptown, and – after far too long a hiatus – Lady Sabre will be returning in the next few months. I’m leaving things out. As I said at the start, there are commitments I need to keep. This is just a sample of them.”

DC’s July solicitations will be arriving later this month, so we expect an announcement regarding the series’ new creative team soon. DC declined to comment on the news, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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