Only a few short days after I reviewed G.I. Joe #7 and praised Van Lente for his interesting new direction for G.I. Joe, Newsarama reports that as of issue #11, Van Lente is leaving the title. They post a full blown interview of the writer of G.I. Joe, and it appears that the departure is scheduled and amicable.
Interestingly enough, Van Lente will be leaving the book on a Roadblock origin series, which will supposedly feature a Sigma 6 style cameo! Interesting.
Artist Steve Kurth is staying on the book, and a new writer has not yet been announced.
Best of luck to Fred on his future endeavors! He’s always been very approachable and a great resource for the fans throughout his time on the title, I’ll be watching to see what else he has up his sleeve.