One of the most relevant announcements this past month was the news that Gail Simone would be leaving the Wonder Woman title, and in her stead J. Michael Straczynski would take over. Initial reaction seems to be largely cautious positivity, mixed with frustration from fans of Simone, along with snark steaming from JMS' reputation from his other conflicted runs. I wanted to take a look at some of the elements of this relay in creative teams for the Wonder Woman title. Hit the jump for more.
It also was received with mixed reviews (our own Eric disliked the Rise of the Olympian story vehemently) and the reception has been lukewarm at best when compared to Secret Six, the other title that Simone currently writes and is regularly praised by reviewers.
The flip side of me enjoying JMS's past works is that JMS can be seen as either a visionary or a prima donna. He has a tendency to not finish his work all the way through, such as with Squadron Supreme and The Twelve, or for the endings to be somewhat unsatisfactory (to put it mildly) such as with his Amazing Spider-Man and Thor runs. One way or the other, we know he is an individualist creator (and I don't mean that as an insult) who works best when he has creative freedom to craft long form tales free from heavy editorial involvement. Will he be given that same kind of liberty, or will he have to adhere and play along to what is going on in the rest of the DC universe? That kind of decision will make or break a run.