Greg Rucka has decided to not renew his exclusive with DC Comics, saying in part:
"I’ve been in a slump for the last six-to-eight weeks or so, dealing with a variety of issues related to writing in general, and my writing in particular. Continued frustrations in dealing with people who really ought to know how to do their jobs properly, for instance..."
Rucka had been exclusive to DC since 2003. And while it is not confirmed that an adverse reaction to editorially-driven comics is what partially drove him to make the decision, I would have to think that some writers are starting to get a mite frustrated with The System.
Personally, I think that the editorially-driven approach -- especially with those writers who have been around enough to maybe deserve a bit better -- eventually wears the talent out. It can demoralize them, make them feel like they're not writing their own stories. And when the work itself suffers because of mandated plotlines or crossovers, and the fans complain, it falls in the writers' lap. They are just trying to fit in the mandated plot points, but it comes out stiff and inorganic to the story. And then the writers get blamed.
Just some thoughts.