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WonderCon | ‘DC is firmly committed’ to Batwoman, J.H. Williams says

Detective Comics #857

Detective Comics #857

Following Greg Rucka’s revelation on Friday that he’s walking away from DC Comics and Batwoman, his Detective Comics collaborator J.H. Williams III offers some hope for fans of the character.

“I was afraid something like this was going to occur but held out hope that it wouldn’t happen,” Williams wrote this afternoon on his blog. “That DC and Greg could come to some sort of agreement, apparently not going to happen. So what does this mean for Batwoman and the project I’ve spent a decent amount of time and thought on? I don’t know. I do know that DC is firmly committed to this character from what I hear from them. So where does all of this leave us? I believe DC will want the character to continue somehow. In what form? I’m not sure, but she’ll be back, I’m sure of it. This character has too much potential to just go by the wayside. So we should be hearing some sort of news at the appropriate time I assume.”

Williams’ comments would seem to indicate creative differences between Rucka and the publisher, rather than editorial hesitancy regarding the character, led to the parting of the ways and the apparent shelving (for however long) of the solo title.

For fans of the Rucka-Williams team, the writer announced during his WonderCon spotlight panel that they’re collaborating on a project he describes as “Bladerunner meets Blake’s 7.”

Williams also reveals that, along with assorted variant covers, and a co-feature for DC Legacies, he’ll be illustrating another issue of Jonah Hex. His previous effort, Issue 35, was nothing short of stunning. In case you missed it, you can view several of the pages on Williams’ Flickr account.



I don’t know if this statement indicates “creative differences” between Rucka and DC. It could just as easily support Rucka’s statement that he just felt it was time to go back to planting his own garden, rather than tending someone else’s.

Get Grant Morrison to take over the title!

Yes Grant! Bondage fantasy Batwoman! Because, he can never live out his Wonder Woman dream now.

David Hine. Marc Andreyko. Ivan Brandon.

None of them big enough names to take on the character, all of them really good choices for different reasons IMHO. Hine to handle the Crime Bible mythology and religion, Andreyko to write believable, complex female characters and an insight into sexuality, Brandon for the kind of gritty crime drama he brought to Viking.

Marc Andreyko. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. Ivory Madison. Gail Simone.

Blade Runner meets Blakes 7?

I’m sold.

Yes Redraver! Morrison!!!!!!!!

Over at that Jonah Hex flickr page, someone left a comment: saying to the effect “great panels. You have some great skills” lol

Yeah JW3 will one day make it big time in the funnybook business.

I’m glad DC is committed to Batwoman. She is a strong character.

Even though Rucka’s tenure on the character was all too brief, this could also benefit her because when one name is attached to a character or concept for so long it is hard to see anyone else being able to do it justice.

Of course, in the case of J.H. Williams III, that is true.

Ivory Madison? You’re having a laugh.

I’m happy to hear about Rucka and Williams working on a creator owned project together. These two are doing brilliant work with the form. Still, I’m really sad that we won’t be seeing the origin of Alice they were working on. That sounded like the perfect way to round off the story they started together and now I kinda doubt it will ever see the light of day.

And who can write her now? Morrison couldn’t handle her in Batman and Robin. Seriously, who at DC can write queer women with anywhere near the maturity and respect that Rucka has? I’d hope J.H. Williams III can be involved in some way if they are really comitted to publishing this but even if that happened he couldn’t stay forever, and who can you get on the book that is going to keep the book exciting? Jock has been pretty illegible and evokes Bill Sienkiewicz’s more jumbled collages than William’s narrative architecture. I’d want somebody who had their own formalisms and narrative competence than someone just trying to do trick layouts without a concern for storytelling. Cliff Chiang still works at DC right? I liked Andy Clarke’s Moebius and Gibbons influenced work in Batman and Robin. Still without a competent writer the whole thing’s a bust .

The impression I got in listening to Rucka yesterday wasn’t that he had disagreements with DC, but that he was far more interested in working on and developing his own characters and concepts rather than doing work for hire. He expressed a genuine love for Batwoman, but he had to walk away for now. That’s what I took away, anyway.

Chuck Dixon presents “The Death of Batwoman.” With guest appearances – and funerals – for The Question, Obsidian, blue Starman and Scandal.

With art by Mike S. Miller and covers by Alex Ross.

2011. Bet on it.

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