The single most, and arguably the only, successful Batwoman in DC Comics history has come to an unraveling clash of creative differences.
Harvey and Eisner winning artist J.H. Williams III and teaming co-author W. Haden Blackman announce via Williams’ blog their “after a lot of soul-searching” decision to resign from the critically and commercially acclaimed title.
They cite within their post how the execution of their forthcoming scripts only aggravated creative differences further, which brought them to the point of departing once issue #26 in Dec. releases.
Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.
The latter point has brought out a firestorm of ire relaying from fans. Batwoman became a second placing trend on Twitter once news broke out early today. THR reports attempts to contact publisher DC Comics, but no reply has been given as yet.
The comic book gained a quick following once the new title by mystery novelist and comic book writer Greg Rucka and respected artist J.H. Williams first broke out in late 2009. The 2012 GLAAD winning comics series once introduced lead character Kate Kane to don the costume of titular superheroine Batwoman. Kate was established being a lesbian from issue one, but was written with a commonplace status quo on par with other aspects that comprise the character as a whole.
That appeal went hand-in-hand with adherence to the Batman milieu style of mystery, new villains and action that glossed the story arc pages but still individualized the Batwoman with her own unique story brand. A uniqueness that also involves the plauded artwork from Williams, whose career evolution hit a wider recognition at the same time visually being part of the breakout character’s comic books.
Kate Kane was so strong a modern established superhero for DC that the publisher kept her going after its overhauling refurbishment of its Universal superheroes. A trim DC 52 re-presented Batwoman into its new publication structure, and with Rucka moving on to more indie projects while J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman taking over writing the comic book was able to keep its strong story structure to many loyal readers’ approval.
The entire journey, at this point, months from going into 2014, has come to an abrupt creative halt.
We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.
After Blackman and Williams depart, it’s not only on DC Comics to respond to this backlash that began from the blog letter but now has to replace the talent to keep Batwoman from a demolishing tailspin.