Maybe I missed an earlier official announcement of this elsewhere, but at the Comics Reporter today, Ed Brubaker confirmed that he’s off Captain America soon:
By the time this interview comes out, I will have written my last issue… I hit a point with the work-for-hire stuff where I was starting to feel burned out on it. Like my tank is nearing empty on superhero comics, basically. It’s been a great job, and I think I found ways to bring my voice to it, but I have a lot of other things I want to do as a writer, too, so I’m going to try that for a while instead.
This doesn’t mean he’s leaving Marvel entirely, however:
[Winter Soldier is] going to be my only Marvel book soon. I’ll do The Winter Soldier as long as it lasts… or, I’ll do it for as long as I can. [Spurgeon laughs] Because I don’t know if it’ll last, but I’m really proud of that book and the second and third storylines on it are some of my favorite stuff I’ve done for Marvel, ever.
Chalk up another book that looks like it’ll be getting a major overhaul post-Avengers vs. X-Men. Brubaker leaving Cap feels like it’s a big deal – Not only has he been working on the franchise for almost a decade, but he’s revitalized the character and – let’s be honest – made him popular again in a way that he hasn’t been since… when? The ’80s, perhaps? It’s been an amazing run, with some genuinely incredible work. Whoever follows him, it’ll be a tough gig.
(Also, go read the whole Brubaker interview. It’s great stuff.)