J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman Leave Batwoman


Ever since the New 52 relaunch, one of the consistently best series has been Batwoman. It’s had great writing, great artwork, and an absolutely great female character who wasn’t turned into some sex thing (her and Wonder Woman are kind of the only ones not changed like that in the relaunch). All of those things have been the product of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, who’ve been co-writing and sometimes drawing the series since the relaunch. But, all writers must eventually leave their book (at least at DC, anyway) and it sucks that these guys are leaving for the reasons they are.

In a post that went up on both Williams’ and Blackman’s blogs, the two announced that they are leaving Batwoman as of issue 26. In the posts, the two said that DC editorial kept requesting changes to stories and plot points that they had laid out over a year previously. The post read…

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.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

After the post went out, people noticed what they said about DC’s stance on Kate and Maggie’s marriage, leading some to believe that DC is anti-gay marriage. Andy Khouri, senior editor at Comics Alliance, asked Williams if he and Blackman were told that Kate and Maggie weren’t allowed to be married or if they just couldn’t show it. Williams responded…

Some fans even asked other DC writers if this was true. Gail Simone, currently writing Batgirl and The Movement, said from what she’s heard from Williams, it’s more that DC is against marriage in general, not just gay marriage. Personally, I totally buy this. With the reboot DC killed so many long standing marriages and apparently there are rumors that there was going to be a Batman storyline where he got engaged and DC editorial killed it last minute.

After the news got around about Williams and Blackman’s reason for leaving, DC tweeted the following…

So the two writers are set to leave the book with the 26th issue. Or maybe not. At Baltimore Comic-Con this past weekend (Sept. 7-8, 2013), DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced that Marc Andreyko, writer of the cancelled “Third Wave” book Sword of Sorcery, would be taking over the book starting with issue 25. DiDio said during a panel…

[Andreyko is] so excited about taking on this series–so much so that we’re putting him on the book starting with issue #25. Batwoman’s going to become an integral part of Batman’s universe, just the way we always wanted. She’ll be starting with a Year Zero story arc and from there she’ll be an important part as she always is.

Both Blackman and Williams tweeted their confusion about this…

It could be that DiDio mispoke and just hasn’t corrected himself yet, or DC editorial are just being dickbags. Either way, it’s really sad that a great book is losing it’s great authors, especially under these circumstances. Can’t wait to see what these guys have planned next, though.

Sources: THRComic Vine

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