Last month, the DC Comics October solicitations, which solicited select books that would actually ship in November, showed that writer Steve Orlando would kick off a six-part story in Wonder Woman #82 with artist Jesus Merino, following Wonder Woman #81 by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Xermanico. The solicitations seemed to imply that Wilson’s run on the title, which began with great fanfare last November with Wonder Woman #58, would come to an end, but with no official announcement, it was unclear whether Wilson and Xermanico were just taking a break for the new creative team’s story, or whether that new team or a different team would continue after that.
Today on Twitter, Wilson set the record straight. She is leaving Wonder Woman in order to work on an unnamed project, and Orlando will be the new writer going forward.
The wonderful @thesteveorlando will be coming on board (and his 1st storyline will knock your socks off). More soon! It's a great time to be a Wonder Woman fan…
— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) August 22, 2019
Wilson says that the new project will be announced this Fall at the earliest, or as late as Winter, so it’s possible we could learn more at New York Comic Con. But for now, we know that Orlando (and maybe Merino?) will continue on Wonder Woman after the initial six-issue arc, so readers can plan accordingly.
Here’s the solicits for Wilson and Xermanico’s last issue and Orlando and Merino’s first:
WONDER WOMAN #81 YOTV
(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Xermanico (CA) Yanick Paquette
Olympus has been returned to the gods! Now that the deities of Diana’s world are back in power, all of her troubles are over. Or are they? Using the welcome distraction, Cheetah has finally made her way to her final destination for destruction: Themyscira!
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
WONDER WOMAN #82 YOTV
(W) Steve Orlando (A) Jesus Merino (CA) Rafael Albuquerque
Now that Cheetah has gained control of Themyscira, Wonder Woman must return home for a final showdown. Does she stand a chance against this scholar-turned-monster whose sole purpose was to enter this mythical realm? Meanwhile, Earth is left unprotected and some of Themyscira’s most vile creations have found their way there. What chaos awaits Wonder Woman if she ever returns? Join returning writer Steve Orlando for the first chapter of this six-issue tale!
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
So what do you think of the change? And any guesses on Wilson’s next project?