Citing time constraints, long-time DC writer Judd Winick told Newsarama today that he’s leaving Batwing to pursue other projects.
Winnick said in a statement that his departure comes “with a heavy heart” and that he’ll “miss telling the tales of David Zavimbe, the Batman of Africa in many ways,” but he’s proud of the work that’s been done.
He didn’t name which projects he’s leaving for but said the work would make it impossible for him to continue doing a monthly book. Earlier this year, however, Winick told Newsarama that he’d be writing and drawing an all-ages graphic novel.
DC solicitations have him as the writer of Batwing until issue #14 in November. He’s written that series since the New 52 began, along with Catwoman, which he’ll be leaving after this month’s issue #12. Writer Ann Nocenti will pen Selina Kyle’s adventures after he’s gone.
The surprising news comes on the heels of Rob Liefeld’s messy departure from DC earlier this week, where he put the company on blast on Twitter for editorial chaos.
Winick mentioned no such issues in his statement as a reason for his leaving. DC hasn’t announced who will replace him on Batwing.