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Rumor: Marguerite Bennett Replaced by Greg Rucka as #Afterbirth Wonder Woman Writer

Written by Jude Terror on Wednesday, March 23 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Rumor: Marguerite Bennett Replaced by Greg Rucka as #Afterbirth Wonder Woman Writer

In which a Bleeding Cool rumor contradicts a previous Bleeding Cool rumor, and speculation runs rampant!

Source: Bleeding Cool

Last month, we reported on Bleeding Cool's report that reported that Marguerite Bennett would be the new writer of DC's reported Wonder Woman book in their post-Rebirth Afterbirth universe. Today, we are reporting on Bleeding Cool's report that Marguerite Bennett will reportedly not be the new writer of Wonder Woman. However, according to Bleeding Cool's report, it's not because Bleeding Cool's original report was wrong. No, it's because DC felt that Bennett wasn't "high profile" enough, and have replaced her with Greg Rucka.

Rucka is a fine writer, of course, and we mean him no offense, but he's not such a superstar that the "high profile" reasoning makes sense. For comparison, Bennett's current Angela: Queen of Hel series at Marvel, which was recently canceled, was ranked at 136 on February's sales charts with sales of about 16,000. For comparison, let's look at some of Rucka's recent Big Two work. Punisher in November of 2012, was ranked at #94 with 23,000 in sales before being canceled and rebooted. The followup series, Punisher War Zone, ended at issue #5 at slightly below that number. Rucka's last issue of Cyclops in November of 2014 (the series continued with a new writer) sold just 18,000 copies, only slightly higher than Angela's numbers above. Rucka did have great sales on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens tie-in Shattered Empire, but it's difficult to attribute those numbers to Rucka's name recognition over Star Wars. Bennett's book A-Force, co-written with G. Willow Wilson, sold over 40,000 copies in December of 2015, but Wilson is herself a bonafide high profile writer. Based on the sales numbers of comparable titles, nothing says to me that Rucka is a superstar name of such caliber that replacing Bennett with Rucka will drive big sales to a book. Though he's had a longer career, they're on roughly the same level in terms of fame and popularity.

None of this is meant to disparage Rucka, who we in fact like very much, or make any kind of profound observation of comics sales trends. Rather, we'd just like to establish that, while Rucka has been around the industry longer, he's not demonstrably, significantly more popular than Bennett. However, replacing a woman with a man on Wonder Woman would send a message that turns off part of Wonder Woman's audience, and doing it for spurious reasons after reportedly already approving several of her scripts even moreso. Is Rucka's profile high enough to offset whatever damage that might cause? Based on the evidence, we would wager: no.

In a further bit of intrigue, Rucka's work on Punisher for Marvel was the direct result of quitting DC Comics after DC reportedly promised him a writing job on the Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel and then took it away and gave it to... wait for it... a higher profile writer: Grant Morrison. At the time, Rucka said:

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.


Could Rucka have demanded Wonder Woman as a condition to coming back to DC? We have no evidence to back that up, but hey, neither did Bleeding Cool for any of their reports. It's all fair game.

Of course, as all of this is based on unconfirmed rumors, so we can't really pass judgement that isn't theoretical. But if it's true that DC dumped Bennett, who Bleeding Cool reports had a few issues "written and approved," based solely on the logic, not supported by evidence, that Greg Rucka is more "high profile," it would theoretically be a stupid move that would theoretically result in us resetting the Has DC Done Something Stupid Today counter. Theoretically.


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