During his Reddit AMA session, writer Cullen Bunn opened up about his the slate of books he's currently working on -- most notably "Aquaman" and "Uncanny X-Men." When asked about his "Aquaman" run, which began in June with issue #41, Bunn confirmed that he will indeed be leaving the book with January's issue #48.
"There are a number of reasons I left 'Aquaman,'" answered Bunn. "I actually quit the book before my first issue even came out. The reaction from fans was brutal and disheartening even before they read my first issue. My editor (who is great) asked me to stick with it, so I did. The fan reaction didn't improve. This was such a different take on the character, a lot of diehard Aquaman fans couldn't accept it. I was accused of not talking about the book, but every time I did, I got hate tweets and hate mail. I don't need that, and it kind of made me loathe the character. In the end, I think this wasn't the right story to tell with Aquaman, so I felt it was time for me to move on. Someone else can come on and be a hero.There's a bunch of other stuff, too, but it's best we don't dwell on it."
Bunn's story involved Aquaman being exiled from Atlantis while Mera -- or rather Mera's sister Siren disguised as Aquaman's partner -- sat on the throne. Arthur learned of Siren's deception after sleeping with who he thought was Mera. Issue #48, solicited for January 2016, calls the issue "the massive conclusion to Arthur Curry’s exile from Atlantis."
Bunn also took the opportunity to confirm that Monet will indeed be a member of his "Uncanny X-Men" team. The character, originally introduced in 1994 as part of "Generation X," was featured on a cover for the series back in August but Marvel did not confirm M's involvement at the time. Bunn's answer leaves no doubt.
"There have been some surprises along the way," said Bunn about writing "Uncanny." "I am most excited for where I'm going with Sabretooth, I think, but that's a real long game. Monet was a bit of a challenge (in terms of finding the through-line for her character) but once I found that, she's been a pure delight to write. Each character has their own challenges, but also lots of potential for interesting stories going forward."
"Uncanny X-Men" #1 will arrive in January, 2016.