I almost wish I didn’t know about this one.
As reported at DC Women Kicking Ass and first mentioned in the latest fantastic episode of “3 Chicks Review Comics”, Greg Rucka was going to write Wonder Woman Earth One for DC Comics. The Earth One line are graphic novels that tell the early days of DC’s biggest superheroes, outside the bounds of continuity. Superman Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis was fairly average, and Batman Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank kind of sucked, but they both sold like hotcakes and sequels are coming.
Rucka was scheduled to write Wonder Woman Earth One, with art by the amazing J.H. Williams III, when the rug was pulled out from him. Here’s what happened, in Rucka’s own words:
I was told I was not going to do it. Dan Didio called me and told me he was giving it to someone else. And I said if you take that away from me I can no longer work for you because I have taken many a job for you, sir, on the promise of doing this and now you’re taking it away and I can no longer accept your promises any more. He had his reasons for doing it; this is not me throwing stones. This is just the way things shook out.
The book is now being written by Grant Morrison, and the rumour is that the art will be by Yannick Paquette. I want a Grant Morrison Wonder Woman like I want to be kicked in the crotch, but I’m trying to save my impassioned feelings about that for if/when the book is announced. It will be a dark, angry day, should it come.
So Rucka, far and away one of the best writers for female characters that DC has EVER had and one of the few people in recent memory who wrote a readable Wonder Woman, got pulled off the project. Not only that, but we lost more Rucka stories at DC because he very justifiably doesn’t want to work for them anymore. No more Rucka Batwoman. No more Rucka Montoya (or Montoya generally, it seems). Just more shitty Morrison.
In the podcast, Rucka briefly talked about his take on Diana, and it was fantastic. His Wonder Woman was a young woman who was itching to get off Paradise Island and find out what the rest of the world was like. He described a scene where the Amazons are doing some stargazing, looking up at the sky, while Diana aims her telescope towards the horizon, trying to see what lies beyond the confines of her home. You should go listen to “3 Chicks Review Comics” to hear the full conversation about his plan for the book. It was SO good.
And we could have had an ENTIRE graphic novel of J.H. Williams III doing Wonder Woman!! That would have been amazing. It’s fun that Wonder Woman is guest starring in Batwoman now, but imagine a whole graphic novel with Williams designing Paradise Island and the Amazons and the gods… how fantastic would that be? And now it’s never going to happen.
Sometimes I feel like I’m just better off knowing how stupid the brass at DC can be. This news bummed me out like crazy. How do you not let GREG RUCKA do a Wonder Woman graphic novel with J.H. WILLIAMS III?! Do they hate good comics? This news just makes me sad. The folks at DC really need to get it together.