This is the year of Batwoman and not only is she kicking butt twice-monthly in Detective Comics, tomorrow sees the release of Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Steve Epting and Jeremy Cox's Batwoman #1. If you need to catch up on why Kate Kane is one of the best new --- or reimagined if you want to be pedantic --- characters of the past ten years, Comixology has young covered with a massive sale featuring a tonne of Batwoman comics.
W. Haden Blackman
Constructing a comic to be a direct reference to something else is always a tricky proposition. When it's done sloppily, it can take the reader right out of the story, like one of my least favorite Batman comics, The Cult, which is trying so hard to be the next Dark Knight Returns that you can see it straining with effort on every page. Even in the best case, if you're attempting to echo one of the greats, you're still reminding people that they're not reading the comic you're spending all this time calling back to, and it goes from being distracting to being frustrating for the reader.
It's the exact problem that W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo are grappling with in Marvel's latest relaunch of Elektra, but with the incredible, engaging storytelling that comes from both story and art, they do a solid job of it. Well, until the last page, that is, when it goes from "this might be a worthy successor" to "this is going to be incredible."
In the wake of the current Batwoman creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman departing the book because of editorial mandates that lead character Kate Kane and fiancé Maggie Sawyer could not go through with their marriage, DC Comics has announced the series' new writer: Marc Andreyko, the writer of the publisher's well-received Manhunter series, which ran from 2004 to 2009.
In a posting to JH Williams III's website late Wednesday night, the acclaimed artist and his Batwoman co-writer W. Haden Blackman announced that due to what they described as a preponderance of "eleventh-hour changes" to stories that had been planned a year or more in advance, they're walking off the book. Among the grievances alleged by Williams and Blackman was publisher DC Comics' refusal to allow principal characters Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) and her fiancé Maggie Sawyer to get married.
On sale now from DC Comics is Batwoman #3, continuing the adventures of "estranged daughter, grieving sister, proud lesbian, brave soldier, determined hero" and New 52 breakout star Kate Kane. Written by JH Williams III and W...
Everything we wrote yesterday about the uncommon beauty and general amazingness of DC Comics' Batwoman #1 is true, all except one thing: the book is no longer going on sale April 6. Comics retailers were informed Tuesday that the first two issues of the series, previously solicited for April and May, respectively, will be rescheduled at a later, unspecified date...
On sale now is Batwoman #0, a special teaser issue in advance of the heroine's long-awaited ongoing series that launches in February. Written by J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackman with artwork by Williams as well as Amy Reeder & Richard Friend (from the astonishingly excellent and cruelly cancelled Madame Xanadu), the story continues the saga of Kate Kane that begin in earnest in Williams and Greg Rucka's Batwoman: Elegy, winner of Eisner and GLAAD Awards for its superlative storytelling and bold depiction of DC Comics first major homosexual superhero.