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J.H. Williams comments on latest Batwoman delays

Batwoman #3

J.H. Williams III has commented on last week’s news that DC Comics is again postponing the debut of the eagerly anticipated Batwoman, saying, “This was not our choice, and as to why, I’m not at liberty to really discuss.”

The series, by Williams, W. Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder, previously had been set to premiere in February. However, in January the publisher rescheduled the first issue for April, the date that appeared in the sneak peek included in last week’s comics. But even as those books arrived in stores, the publisher was canceling solicitations for Batwoman #1-2.

“It’s a bit ironic that the release has been pushed back again considering that DC decided to show preview pages this same week,” Williams wrote Saturday on his blog, where he also previewed the cover for Issue 3.

He assured fans that “work is still commencing,” with the latest delay allowing the creators to complete more work: “The only real downside is that solicits were pulled on us twice, making readers heads spin, wish that didn’t happen, but it has, let’s just make the best of it. I’m fast approaching the middle of issue 3’s interior art, Haden and I’ve started working on script for issue 8, the first 5 covers are done, and Dave [Stewart] has had issue 2 in his hands for his special magic touch.”

DC has yet to announce a new release date for Batwoman #1.



Only 2 issues so far, no wonder another delay happened. And even after a good amount of lead-in time even accounting for travel plans Williams mentioned for the last delay.

Yeah, if he’s only in the middle of #3, delaying the launch makes sense. If you give him two months to do an issue (sounds like he’s taking longer), that has him finishing #6 in October (with time still needed for colouring and production), so well behind what he’d need to be for a September release if the book ran monthly from an April launch. Not sure how anyone at DC ever thought that was realistic a few months ago when they rescheduled the book, it should have been past the point in the production process it is now back then.

Isn’t Amy Reeder supposed to take over for 4-6? So, there’s no problem if he needs 2 months for an issue.

This is ridiculous. I’ve been waiting for a Batwoman ongoing since she debuted in 2006. WTH, DC?

Reeder’s art isn’t scheduled to start until #6 (I thought it was #7 but just double checked). That still doesn’t leave enough lead time in the schedule, though it might have been marginally closer to realistic a few months ago, but only if you’re figuring on no unforseen delays, which is kind of ridiculous with the history of this book.

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