I'm struck by the number of times McDuffie refers not just to doing something because of an editorial mandate, but to going in a particular direction because of an editorial mandate and then being told he has to go in another direction instead.
Roy's going to another book! Or maybe not! Kendra's dying! Just kidding! Hal's getting his own league! But not yet!
As I recall, when Chuck Dixon and DC parted ways, he spoke of indecisive and untimely editorial mandates as a reason. Appears to be a pattern.