It's Wonder Woman Wednesday, today, I know, which is a day later than usual for Weekly Wonder Woman but can't be avoided thanks to Bank Holiday Monday. So simply put your hands over your ears, close your eyes and go "La, la, la! There are no important new comics out today!" for a few minutes and then we can carry on as normal.
Done that? Good.
So, lots happened in the fortnight I was away on holiday. We got a new Justice League poster for starters:
Still pretending Superman's not going to be in it, hey? I'm sure that tactic will pay off big time.
Wonder (Woman) Wednesday was also made official by Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, who are now promising to bring you "something new, from contests, to behind the scenes photos, maybe even never before seen clips" every #WonderWednesday.
In other news, Gadot revealed it was the music of Beyoncé that helped her land the role in the first place.
Hmm. It feels like I'm missing something. Oh yes - Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp are leaving Wonder Woman. Rucka is leaving on a high note given the rather good readership figures the title now has, which makes a nice change from when he was given the boot more than a decade ago for some rather low readership figures.
Why's he off? Too much work, he says.
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…
Liam Sharp just appears to be heading off because Rucka's off. No word about Nicola Scott, but she's going to be working with Rucka on Black Magick again, at least, which suggests she might be off, too.
Rucka lays down the timeline for the group departure:
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.
And who is to follow? Shea Fontana, who's going to be writing the first five issues at least, starting July 12. Fontana has previously written Diana for the DC Super Hero Girls comic, including a couple of graphic novels, so at least knows the character, even if the audience might have a been a tad younger.
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'. 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.
Joining her on artwork will be Mirka Andolfo, who's been doing work on DC Comics: Bombshells, so again no stranger to Wonder Woman.
Right then - after the jump, a look at one of Greg Rucka's final issues of Wonder Woman, as well as the continuing adventures of the Justice League. We also find out a bit more about what Batman '66 is up to in 1977.