Writer Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine) took to his Tumblr today to state that he would be taking a break from Marvel superhero books following Secret Wars. He confirms what many have suspected for a few weeks now, given his notable absence from the “All-New, All-Different” solicitations that have been rolling out at a furious clip.
Although he will not be writing any superhero books for Marvel, he will stay on Darth Vader. He says his resolution is not a calculated move towards creator-owned titles, but rather a decision necessitated by scheduling. In addition to Darth Vader, Gillen is currently writing The Wicked + The Divine, Mercury Heat, Uber, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl, Siege, Crossed, and 1602 Witch Hunter Angela on a monthly basis. Plus, Darth Vader is “basically a book and a half.”
I think it’s for the best. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done at Marvel, but I’m aware that I’m starting to feel a little burned out on the MU. Both Iron Man and Young Avengers took more out of me than I was completely aware of at the time, and the work there has often felt hard since that (With the notable exception of SIEGE, which was designed to be a giggle.) That writing Darth Vader was so freeing made me suspect that even if my schedule hadn’t demanded it, I’d be better taking a step away from the MU and superheroes for a bit to recharge. I’ll see where my head’s at in 2016.
This brings the number of all-star writers taking a “break” from the big M up to three. Rick Remender announced his decision earlier this week in the letters column of Deadly Class #14 and Jonathan Hickman has been planning his vacation since last year.