‘Batwoman’ #6 Welcomes Artists Amy Reeder & Richard Friend At Last [Preview]
On sale now from DC Comics is Batwoman #6, which welcomes artists Amy Reeder and Richard Friend to the field after a number of delays kept their first issue waiting on the bench for almost a full year. The former Eisner-nominated Madame Xanadu team are to alternate story arcs with JH Williams III, and their first issue lives up to the extremely high standard set by that artist. You can check out a preview of the new Batwoman below, as well as Amy Reeder process art that takes you from sketches to finished Richard Friend inks.
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN; Art by AMY REEDER and RICHARD FRIEND; Cover by AMY REEDER; 1:25 Variant cover by AMY REEDER
Artist Amy Reeder and inker Richard Friend join the Batwoman team with this new arc, as the epic “To Drown the World” begins!
Six lives, inextricably linked in the past and present, each on a collision course with the others: Batwoman, fighting for duty and vengeance against a threat of arcane power. Detective Maggie Sawyer, investigating a case that could end her career. DEO Agent Cameron Chase, commanding a vigilante she despises. Colonel Jacob Kane, clutching at a life that’s slipping away. Maro, a new villain corrupting Gotham City. And Kate Kane, wrestling with decisions that will test her loyalties.
Throughout the last year, Amy Reeder has been keeping her readers engaged with a fairly steady stream of Batwoman-related material. We previously spotlighted a trio of variant covers that were said at the time to be cancelled (at least one of them is now the cover for Batwoman #6), and she’s been sharing via Facebook some process artwork that offers a glimpse into how she creates the gorgeous imagery you see above.
Layout/Thumbnail to a spread you’ll see in Batwoman #6. I draw my layouts 1/4 print size, blow them up, and use them as underdrawings to my pencils. I always see things better small.
Step 2: Pencils from a spread you’ll see in Batwoman #6!
Step 3: Inks, by Richard Friend.
Annnnd, here’s step 4: Graytoning! You can check out the final version tomorrow of course, when Batwoman #6 comes out!!