Batwoman Lives!! Probably for real this time! Maybe..
Today DC announced a new ongoing series written and drawn by J.H. Williams III, with Amy Reeder Hadley coming in on art for the second arc. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement, but I’m also a little wary. After several announcements over the last couple of years about a Batwoman title, I’m afraid I’ll have to see it to believe it. Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool expresses this sentiment very succinctly: “But I’m grown very distrustful of Batwoman announcements. Odds are before publication, it’ll suddenly be relegated to a back up strip, then online online, then postponement for a crossover series then it’ll vanish hoping no one will notice.” *sigh*
The Batwoman run of Detective was the first mainstream superhero comic I ever subscribed to. I read the first issue and called up Matt (who handles subscriptions) with the issue still in my hand. I had to have it. I’ve been chomping at the bit to do a formal review of it, but I have been waiting for the collection to come out.
When Greg Rucka announced a couple of weeks ago that he was leaving DC, I was heartbroken. This character has filled a spot in my monthly pulls that will leave a vacuum when she’s gone. I was just starting to get used to the idea that she was going to be out of Detective after Bruce Wayne’s mighty return, but with Rucka gone it seemed like she was just going to vanish into the mists, maybe to be pulled out for a big crossover or to be killed to set up someone’s revenge story.
If they do actually get this new series out, it will be an automatic add to my pull list. With Williams doing the art and story, I can’t say no. With Amy Reeder Hadley for the second arc, I will probably sit in my car in the parking lot of The Comic Book Shop on a Wed night to read it.