Cheerful song broke out in the fictional country of Munchkinland upon hearing the news that Daniel Way would be leaving Thunderbolts in July. "Ding dong, the witch is dead! The witch is dead! The witch is dead!" sang many of the country's residents in spontaneous celebration. The Oz region had long been terrorized by Daniel Way's writing, which had been likened to being attacked by a flock of flying monkeys.
The news was first announced by the Good Witch Glinda, an outspoken reviewer who has repeatedly discussed the rapid collapse of the Thunderbolts franchise. "Come out, come out, wherever you are," said the witch, "and meet the young writer who fell from a star. He fell from the sky. He fell very far. Charles Soule, he says, is the name of the star."
"Charles Soule, she says, is the name of the star," affirmed the Munchkins, referring to new writer and rising star Charles Soule, whose debut issue of Swamp Thing comes out this month. Soule will also be writing Red Lanterns in the coming months.
"As Coroner, I thoroughly examined [the book]," said Munchkinland's resident coroner, Rich Johnston. "And Way's reign on the book is not only merely dead, it's really most sincerely dead."
"Hooray!" said the assembled crowd.
The fanbase began to celebrate and parade Soule throughout the city, introducing themselves as they went. "We represent the Lollipop Guild," said one group, referring to emotionally stunted fans that read the book.
"We represent the Lullaby League," said another group, the tired fans who complained about every issue of the series while continuing to purchase it religiously.
Soule then departed Munchkinland in the company of Rick Remender, a straw man who lacked a brain, Jason Aaron, a tin man without a heart, and Brian Bendis, a lion who had no courage to evolve his oft-mocked dialogue style.
Munchkinland had long complained about Way's terrible writing, which had been described as "like a nightmare."
"But it wasn't a dream," explained one reader. "It was a real book. And you and you and you...and you were there, reading it too. But you couldn't have been could you? No, this was a real truly terrible book and I remember all of it wasn't very nice,but just the same all I kept saying to everybody was 'I want to see a creative team change,' and they changed the creative team! Doesn't anybody believe me? But anyway, he's gone! Gone. And this is my room, and you're all here and I'm not going to read a Daniel Way book ever, ever again. Because I love you all. And... Oh ThanosCopter! There's no place like home!"
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