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“Batwoman” #24 hit stores this week, and it’s the final issue by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman. After the duo stated they would leave “Batwoman” due to editorial interference, DC Comics announced that incoming series writer Marc Andreyko would take over with “Batwoman” #25, a full two issues before Williams and Blackman’s intended exit. (This was later confirmed with a revised December solicitation for “Batwoman” #26.) On Williams’ personal blog, the “Batwoman” writer/artist expressed his dismay that the creative team’s closing arc of the story was cut short.
“I’m depressed over this a bit. And frustratingly the issue will give no arc conclusion, or conclusion to our run,” Williams said via his blog. “We apologize to you readers for that. It wasn’t what we wanted to happen.”
The writer/artist went on to note that “Batwoman” #24 was already written and drawn by the time “fallout came from our decision to leave the title.” While “Batwoman” #25 was written with a script turned in, Williams doubts the issue will ever see the light of day, and their final arc will not end in “any way we intended.” It’s especially disappointing given that he and Blackman had planned issue #26 to put a cap on the duo’s two-year run on the series.
“We knew how we were going to wrap things by issue 26, and felt we would have done so in a satisfying manner, or so we hoped,” he said. “There was SO much stuff going to happen, some crazy reveals, the reveal of Bones’ past, just how he connects to Kate and Beth Kane, and a confrontation with Jacob Kane and his Murder Of Crows. Batwoman having the final throw-down with Batman. We were going to give large plot points on how Beth became Alice. Bette Kane a.k.a. Hawkfire shocked and horrified by something Alice/Beth does during the rescue mission. Ultimately bring the entire family to some form of a beginning to heal, and how Maggie would fit into all of this. Chase, seeing the horrors of what Director Bones is doing, was going to cause her to make a radical decision that would forever change her life. This was all set up after altering a major plot point to suit DC’s needs. We would’ve been able to end our run at good spot for the next creative team. But that must only be happening in some parallel world. So the first 7 issues of this fourth arc will leave the story in a sort of limbo and not fully resolved, at least by us.”
It seems unlikely that Williams and Blackman’s final arc will get any kind of real resolution — at least in the next couple months. Marc Andreyko’s “Batwoman” #25 is a “Zero Year” tie-in issue, and he’ll kick off his debut arc and new direction the following month.