Update: J.T. Krul has spoken out on the matter, with this statement to Newsarama:
“I am working on a new DC project, among other things, and wanted to focus on it. I had to let something go and there was no way I was leaving Captain Atom. It’s my favorite DC project to date.”
Krul also posted about leaving Green Arrow on his Facebook page:
Hey everyone! Effective as of issue #4, I will no longer be writing Green Arrow. As many of you know, Oliver Queen is one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe, so this decision was not easy to make. Getting the chance to do the fall of Green Arrow and my run during Brightest Day was a dream come true, and I was excited to bring a new yet familiar take on Green Arrow in the new 52. But, I’ve been writing him for a few years now and an opportunity came up that I really wanted to tackle. I had to make a choice. In a way, my decision to leave is more a testament to how incredibly thrilled I am about Captain Atom. I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a project. Working with Freddie Williams is amazing and I really think it’s among my best work at DC to date. It was a tough call – like picking a favorite child.
I can’t talk about my new project just yet, but it perfectly exemplifies what DC is all about with the New 52 – taking the best characters in comics and presenting them in new and exciting ways. The ability to think outside the box, take chances, and tell different kinds of stories is why it’s a great time to be writing for DC Comics.
For sure, I’ll miss Oliver Queen – and working with the likes of Dan Jurgens, George Perez, David Baron, and Dave Wilkins – but I’m sure the Emerald Archer will be in good hands for more globe-trotting, James Bond, high adventures.
And, at the very least, I got to include my version of the boxing-glove arrow.
Original story: DC’s December solicitations — being released in groups throughout the day — listed Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens as co-writers of Green Arrow #4, in place of regular series writer J.T. Krul. Newsarama has confirmed with Giffen that this is not a fill-in, and that he and Green Arrow artist Jurgens are the new co-writing team on the book going forward. Krul remains the solicited Captain Atom writer for December’s issue #4.
This isn’t the first creative team shake-up among DC’s The New 52 relaunch — last week, co-writer John Rozum announced that he’s leaving Static Shock.
Green Arrow is the second title for Giffen in The New 52, as he’s also co-writing — with DC co-publisher Dan DiDio — and illustrating O.M.A.C. Along with his Green Arrow duties, Jurgens is also writing Justice League International. The solicitation for Green Arrow #4 follows below. (Vaneta Rogers contributed to this report.)
GREEN ARROW #4
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN JURGENS
Art by DAN JURGENS and GEORGE PEREZ
Cover by DAVE WILKINS
On sale DECEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s a Tokyo showdown! At an international tech expo that caters to the likes of WayneTech and Queen Industries, party crasher Green Arrow finds himself in the sights of a mystery woman bent on taking down “evil” corporations – like the one Green Arrow owns!