Yes, I’m leaving Black Widow. I feel sad about it, as I love writing Natasha (and working with Daniel Acuna, who is genius)—but the truth of the matter is that I also write three or four novels a year. This year, that number could jump to five. Plus, there’s Dark Wolverine, and I’ve committed to a full year of X-23. That’s a lot of writing.
I would, however, like to clarify something: I was up front with Marvel when they asked me to write Black Widow. It was always the plan that I would develop only the first arc. I told them from the beginning that I didn’t have time for anything more.
I’m thrilled, though, that Duane is taking over the book. He’s one of my favorite writers, and if you aren’t reading his novels—and his comic book work—then you are depriving yourself of a wonderful storyteller.