I’m going to be honest: When J.H. Williams left Batwoman, I initially left with him. But lately, I’ve been wondering where Kate Kane is in the greater scheme of the New 52, and decided to check in on our mighty Batwoman to catch up, just in time for Zero Year… Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Controversy at DC, Hellboy, and a rapid-fire review of new comics.
Authors J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman will leave the title after the upcoming 26th issue. This is another of those DC editing decisions that has been causing the creators to leave the company lately, but this one has more going on. Williams and Blackman stated via Willaims blog.
“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.”
Quite the number of changes that. And a rather controversial one to boot. I can understand why they chose to leave, heck I’m surprised they stuck with it as long as they did. What do you all have to say? You can also find the full post detailing the leave after the jump.
Strange mythic things are afoot in Gotham as Ceto, mother of monsters, has risen from her watery grave. Will Batwoman and Wonder Woman be able to stitch together this tear in the fabric of reality or has the end finally come to Gotham? Should you be worried? Major Spoilers has your review!
Or – “The Immediacy Of First-Person Dialogue…”
I am saddened to say that, of all the comics I’m behind reading, I’m probably furthest behind on Batwoman. The last thing I remember reading was issue #4, and then there’s a huge blur. I looked up from that comic in a brand-new year, and suddenly it’s nearly October. Will Batwoman still hold the same power after a prolonged absence? There’s only one way to find out, as your Major Spoilers review awaits!
My most recent stack of comics acquisitions included Batgirl #12, a story which sees Batgirl first fighting, then teaming-up with Batwoman, a story which got me seriously thinking about what it says that DC is willing to have both characters active at the same time. Give that the current Batwoman costume was created to emulate the 60′s Batgirl look (from the TV series and “New Look” comics), it seems that having two females Bats, each with red hair and a similar fashion style, might water down the bat-franchise a bit. Then again, by that logic, couldn’t having ANY other bat-types active at the same time as Batman could be see to have that same effect?
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows comics creators to be a superstitious and cowardly lot, asking: Will multiple secondary characters (i.e., a dozen different Hulks of differing shades) lessen the impact of the primary characters upon which they’re based?
J.H. Williams III is doing the art on Batwoman again, and Major Spoilers thinks that’s a really good thing! Read on to find out just what this reviewer thought of Batwoman’s first New 52 encounter with Wonder Woman!
More After the Jump
Looking for something good to read this week? The Major Spoilers Staff has sifted through this week’s releases and have picked a number of books you might want to check out as well.
The Hydrology arc concludes as Kate confronts the Weeping Woman and her own past in the gorgeous Batwoman #5…
Or – “The Wild, Wild World Of Batwoman!”
So, yes. This book has been announced quite a few times, if memory serves, and I was starting to worry that we’d NEVER find out what happened to Batwoman after Bruce Wayne so rudely took back Detective Comics from her last year. But is the New-52-Batwoman the same character we’ve come to know since ’52?’
We’ve been waiting for the official word from DC Comics, and now it is here. Want to know what is going on with Batwoman, Catwoman, and Barbara Gordon as Batgirl? Take the jump already!