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Posts tagged Batwoman

Sep 8 '13

Five Reasons that Marc Andreyko is a Good Choice for Batwoman

The circumstances under which JH Williams and Haden Blackman are leaving Batwoman are frustrating. I believe Kate Kane (not Kathy as some people refer to her) is a fantasticly complex character that has benefited from both Greg Rucka and Williams and Blackman writing her. How sad all these writers felt the need to walk away from DC and the character.

DC was all about their dedication to the character yesterday at Baltimore Comic Con. I don’t doubt the dedication but clearly they needed to do something to counteract the rash of PR that swept through not just the comics press but the EVERYWHERE. As part of that they announced Marc Andreyko will be taking on the book with issue #25. I have been told that will now be part of the Zero Year promotion meaning that Batwoman will now have THREE “zero” issues in three years.

On Friday night, I started thinking about who DC would give the call to - I had another writer at the top of my list but Andreyko makes excellent sense and here’s why:

1. He’s written a female-led book with a large supporting case. Like Batwoman, Manhunter had a lot of supporting players. Some writers can handle large casts. Andreyko is one.

2. One of those Manhunter cast members is in Batwoman - Cameron Chase who was the friend and ex-college roomate of the lead.

3. Manhunter was a book which tends to operate in it’s own universe like Batwoman. Manhunter was set outside Gotham City in its original run and only had sporadic interaction with the rest of the DCU. While Batwoman we are told will now “be fully integrated” with the rest of the Batfamily to me that’s just code for “you’re going to do the cross overs.” 

4. Didio was a huge promoter of Manhunter despite poor sales and Andreyko and he seem to have a good relationship. That’s bodes well for the book moving forward.

5. And finally and I know this last one is the one you’ve been waiting for … both characters are named Kate!

Okay, there is also that Andreyko is gay and so is the lead character and certainly given the circumstances that does have some nice PR spin to it. 

DC has given me a lot to think about this week but I’m certainly glad that Kate Kane will still have a book for those who want to read about the character. 

Sep 7 '13

Williams and Blackman off Batwoman Early; Have We Seen Their Last Issue?

Earlier today Dan Didio announced the new Batwoman writer, Marc Andrekyo, would start with issue #25 which seemed to suggest that Williams and Blackman would be off the book sooner than #26 which they had announced as their last issue earlier this week. While waiting for confirmation from DC, Williams confirmed on Twitter they are off the book with issue #24 in October and even that seems tentative. 


If indeed they do not write #24 that would mean we’ve seen the last issue from the team with #22 as there is no Batwoman in September due to the Villains month. Williams and Blackman had wanted to writer the Killer Croc issue for the event but were turned down by editorial. This was one of the issues they referred when announcing they were leaving the book earlier this week.


This last arc was designed to have a showdown between Batman and Batwoman and Williams had already been out promoting the meeting which was scheduled for December. We now know that we’ll never see that confrontation as written by Williams and Blackman.

Sep 7 '13

Dan Didio Discusses DC’s Commitment to “Kathy Kane” At Baltimore Comic Con

During Baltimore Comic Con Dan Didio discussed his company’s commitment to Batwoman.

He talked about how they “stand behind the character 100%” the “great Kathy Kane.”

He referred to the character as Kathy Kane repeatedly.

You can hear the whole panel here where he also talks about how the Batfamily as unhappy as an editorial mandate.

The thing is is that the character is not named Kathy Kane. Kathy Kane was the Silver Age Batwoman.

Kate Kane is the Batwoman currently in the new 52.



Just say’n.

Also he said that Marc Andreyko is starting with issue #25 which was solicited as: 

1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale NOVEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T+

Williams and Blackman said their last issue is #26.

Are they truncating the run or was Didio mistaken?

I have an inquiry into DC and will let you know.

Sep 7 '13

Will this be the worst PR week for DC Comics, Ever? Batwoman, Harley and Why DC Needs A Girlfriend

Well, this week happened didn’t it? In a week where DC probably thought it would riding the kick-off of Forever Evil and their first motion covers into Buzz central, things turned out a bit different. JH Williams and Haden Blackman quit Batwoman after DC’s refusal to let Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer marry became the final editorial interference that broker the proverbial camel’s back.

That story went worldwide and the stories are still appearing. DC’s stance is that it has nothing to do with gay marriage which I mostly agree. DC seems to be just plain old anti-marriage in the new 52 which I wrote about two years ago. 

DC of course has been spinning and spinning both on Twitter and behind the scenes.

Today they announced Marc Andreyko will be taking over the book. Andrekyo, who is openly gay, was the writer of the terrific Manhunter series which Dan DiDio helped keep in print. So that’s good news.

Dan Didio spent one night responding on Twitter to readers inquiries and that didn’t help too much as some of his responses were, well, eyebrow raising.


Wait wasn’t of the reasons they wanted to reboot everything Or maybe not? Who can remember why they rebooted as there were just so many reasons.

But progress isn’t just marriage, it’s relationships, it’s birth, it’s death too. So will those be seen as hampering stories? Are we to be left with a Groundhogs day where characters just go through the same old stories over and over again?

Perhaps that’s what they want? A world where the characters never age beyond 25 and never grow up? 


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Sep 5 '13

Williams and Blackman Quit Batwoman Due to Ban on Kate and Maggie Marriage

One of the most consistent creative teams since the start of the new 52, writers Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III have quit the Batwoman series. And there is no dancing around why based on a post on both Williams’ and Blackman’s web site where they note they are “heartbroken” about leaving citing editorial interference, including being “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married”, as the cause.


Not going to happen. Read on.

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Aug 19 '13

Preview of Batwoman #24: Bat vs. Bat

The Batwoman vs. Batman arc is underway and writer J.H. Williams III says it will be take a while and won’t be a typical superhero vs. superhero story. 

"In some ways, what she has over him is she thinks radically differently than he does," he says. "The way she problem-solves is different than what he does. And on an emotional component, in some ways Batman is a bit of a machine, and she’s certainly not that. But whether she’s better matched than he is, that’s the question we’re going to be answering."

Williams also says that they’ll be more revealed about the relationship between Maggie and Kate.

"The way Maggie discovered who Kate Kane is as Batwoman was a bit of a jarring incident, and even though they’re engaged, they’ve had some trust issues to explore and figure out can they make this work," Williams says. "They love each other and they want to try and make it work."

You can read the rest here.

Aug 12 '13

This is more like it: November Cover and Solicit, Batwoman

Now here’s a great comic cover.

1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale NOVEMBER 20 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T+

The no-holds-barred battle between Batwoman and Batman threatens to kill them both!


Jul 8 '13

Batwoman October Cover and Solict

1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale OCTOBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The battle between Batwoman and Batman begins here—it’s all been leading to this!




Apr 16 '13

Preview of Batwoman #19

We find out who that mysterious person Cameron Chase met up with in the last issue and its a nice revelation for those who have read the Chase series. 

I think the WTF panel of the cover reveal isn’t nearly as WTFky than others I’ve seen.


Apr 5 '13

July Cover and Solicit for Batwoman


  • Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and
  • Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • 1:25 B&W Variant cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
  • On sale JULY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
  • Batwoman discovers that the D.E.O. are bringing in Gotham City’s most dangerous villains for questioning. Their real target? Batman! Plus, Hawkfire continues to plan a strike against the D.E.O.


Mar 15 '13

Preview of Batwoman #18: BAT FIGHT!

In this preview to Batwoman #18, via Newsarama, we see the Kate and her partner, the newly code-named and recovered Bette Kane, meet up with the king Bat himself. 

Can’t wait!


Mar 11 '13

June Cover for Batwoman

No solicit yet, but Francesco Francavilla will be on art which is very good news.


Feb 20 '13

Spoilers! Batwoman #17 Ends with Two Shockers; Only One Incredibly Ironic

Today’s issue of Batwoman is the last issue that J.H. Williams III will draw for the foreseeable future and his last issue is filled with two huge cliffhangers. One of which is incredibly ironic given some recent controversies.


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Feb 19 '13

Preview of Batwoman 17: Say Goodbye to J.H. Williams’ Art

Batwoman #17 is out tomorrow and it is the last issue for the foreseeable future with J.H. Williams III on art (he’ll continue to co-write the book with Haden Blackman.) While I think Trevor McCarthy has been doing a good job handing art on the alternating issues, the loss of Williams is a significant one. Williams has been the signature artist on the character since her arc in Detective Comics almost four years ago. He created the character’s post 52 look and has been the creator associated with the character the longest. I am going to greatly miss his art on this book.

Here’s a look at the issue also wraps up the arc with Wonder Woman.

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Feb 12 '13

It’s down to four couples! Favorite DC Couples Semi-Finals

The winner of yesterday’s matches were Batman and Catwoman and Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. They join Friday’s winners Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.

Twenty-four couples came into the contest but only two couples will go to Thursday’s final. You will decide who they will be.

Match one

Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya/The Question



and Match 2

Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman


Barbara Gordon/Batgirl;Oracle and Dick Grayson/Robin;Nighwing


Please refrain from ballot stuffing and negative campaigning is not appreciated.

One vote per person. The polls will close at 8:30 PM EST.