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Author Cullen Bunn has just announced his departure from Aquaman via a Reddit Ask Me Anything session held yesterday. The story was picked up by CBR, as the Big Two writer also confirmed a lost Green Lantern crossover.

“I will be ending my Aquaman run with issue 48,” Bunn said on AMA, surprising readers.

After dropping the surprise news, fans came in and asked more questions about why he left the popular series.

There are a number of reasons I left Aquaman. I actually quit the book before my first issue even came out. The reaction from fans was brutal and disheartening even before they read my first issue. My editor (who is great) asked me to stick with it, so I did. The fan reaction didn’t improve. This was such a different take on the character, a lot of diehard Aquaman fans couldn’t accept it. I was accused of not taking about the book, but every time I did, I got hate tweets and hate mail. I don’t need that, and it kind of made me loathe the character. In the end, I think this wasn’t the right story to tell with Aquaman, so I felt it was time for me to move on. Someone else can come on and be a hero.

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When asked about Marvel’s supposed X-Men redistribution, Bunn chimed in with the following nugget of knowledge hinting at the future of the mutant population:

All I can say is that I’ve been in the room to discuss the future of the mutants, and the main driving force is to tell a great story and to get readers interested in the books. The plans we have in place are pretty awesome and far-reaching.

The author stated that despite rumors, he’s allowed to create new X-Men characters if he so desires. He also stated that Monet is joining his X-Men team.

Bunn also added an interesting statement regarding fans worrying about the idea of a ’90s speculation boom happening in comics again:

I don’t know if we’re seeing a second speculation boom, at least not anything like we saw in the 90s. Just today (or maybe yesterday) I saw someone tweet that it was sad that books don’t get talked about after the 5th issue or so. It’s true. So many readers only want the bright and shiny new number 1. I think that drives a lot of the relaunches.

Bunn also revealed that Green Lantern: The Lost Army was intended to collide with Sinestro. Bunn was incredibly candid and honest over at Reddit. It is rare for a Big Two writer to be so forthcoming, making this session a really nice surprise. Rest in peace to Bunn’s Aquaman and Green Lantern: The Lost Army. Uncanny X-Men #1 and Aquaman #48 will hit shelves in January 2016. The last issue of Bunn’s Green Lantern: The Lost Army #6 releases on November 16.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The X-Men rumors never made sense. It was always thrown out there that there were rules about not creating new characters when Bendis was doing that consistently in All-New X-Men. So while people have been repeating that “fact” there’s direct evidence it’s not the case in the X-Men comics! Now, we’re getting a miniseries of the worst X-Man which features… drumroll…. an all new X-Man!

  2. Saddest thing to me is that if Bunn was not a straight white man then we would have pages of comments about how bad our industry is. But because he is straight white male, just couple of comments barely even addressing the problem.

  3. I think it is great he is moving on. The storyline he came up with (while had potential) didn’t do the character any justice and the whole premise seemed rather silly and not very well thought out. Can a queen who is basically and outsider and not well liked by the people really beat down and kick out the King of Atlantis solely because she did not like his decision to help Thule? Does a real king and a superhero just run away and go into hiding like some third rate wimp, after his wife has a psychotic melt-down ? Not to mention the ridiculous way Aquaman just walked up to Poseidon and after cracking a few jokes and showing zero respect was basically given the power of Thor. This whole arc felt like it was written by a middle-school student and I never felt like he was really engaged in Aquaman. This interview confirms it.

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