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Williams and Blackman Leave “Batwoman” Over Conflict with DC

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am by Tyler Waterman

Batwoman has long been on of DC’s finest books, not just within the Bat-family, but within the entire New 52 lineup. Edgy, exceptionally unique, and always gripping, writer J.H. Williams III’s stories defined one of the most individual characters to ever wear the mantle, and W. Haden Blackman’s art reinforced that with every panel. Fans of the book never knew what to expect, other than buckets of loved poured into it from this creative team.

As of today, we say goodbye to that team. Citing a continuing conflict with DC Editorial, both talents have announced they have left the title, with their final issue being December’s Batwoman #26.

“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,” read a statement from both creators on each of their websites. “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.”

As sad as I am to see them go, I find it hard to blame them. While no creator wants to have their long-term plans upended, this book in particular relied very heavily on subtle story hints and detailed character developments that were essential to understanding the story and driving it forward. Having read every issue, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to try and adjust or outright abandon the plot devices they were so carefully cultivating.

Perhaps the bigger issue here is the obviously controversial decision not to depict the wedding of Kate and Maggie. While Williams made a point of saying that DC’s stance wasn’t anti-gay marriage (see below), it’s hard to blame the folks who are jumping to that conclusion. Considering both the commercial success and public support Marvel received after the announcement and depiction of Northstar’s marriage to his boyfriend Kyle in Astonishing X-Men, DC’s desire to avoid a similar idea seems strange. It’s particularly disappointing considering Batwoman did such a fantastic job of depicting homosexuality in a comics, where so many other books do not.

More information will certainly come out, but out of the gate, this looks like another black eye for DC’s management decisions, and if nothing else is a huge loss for comic fans everywhere.

Source: CBR

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