By Todd Allen
Back in April, Greg Rucka abruptly stopped writing for DC Comics. It was obvious something had just ticked him off, but as to what the problem was, it was a lot a like watching an episode of The Prisoner. You’d ask why he resigned and you didn’t get an answer. A little more information has come to light.
Rucka was recently on the “3 Chicks Review Comics” podcast, talking about the new volume of his Stumptown comic and at the end of the interview he said something I hadn’t heard him say before.
Here’s a transcription via DC Women Kicking Ass
I, at one point, was supposed to write Wonder Woman Earth One like they did with Superman and Batman. JH [Williams] was going to draw it.
So what happened?
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.
Now, not transcribed, the interviewers asked him if he knew the book was being given to Grant Morrison. And the way Grant Morrison’s name was said came off, at least to my ear, as someone speaking the name of a deity. There’s a pregnant pause. Then Rucka grunts out an affirmative and, at least to my ear, it sounded like he almost said something else.
In Chicago, we would refer to this as having the job snaked out from under you.
Still, if you entered into an agreement to write an arc of Editorial Mandate Man in return for the green light on a dream project and you got snaked out of it, any person with self-respect would walk away.
Rucka tweeted that it was not the only the only reason for his departure.
@rpachter ONE of the reasons. One of the deciding reasons. But not the only reason.
— Greg Rucka (@ruckawriter) September 12, 2012
Then again, there’s usually many reasons why a person walks away from a gig and it sounds like this was a major reason.
I was sad to see him go (Batwoman isn’t the same without him), but he was also talking about the real possibility of more Queen & Country, so “win a few, lose a few.”
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.