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    Default JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman Leave 'Batwoman'

    Dear Batwoman readers -

    From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline “No Status Quo.” We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving. In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.

    Unfortunately, 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.

    We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

    We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.

    We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to work on Batwoman. It’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of our careers. We’ll always be grateful to everyone who helped us realize 26 issues: Mike Siglain, who brought us onto the project originally; Greg Rucka for inspirationally setting the stage; our amazing artists Amy Reeder, Trevor McCarthy, Pere Perez, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, Richard Friend, Francesco Francavilla, Guy Major, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein; Larry Ganem, for listening in tough times; and editors Mike Marts, Harvey Richards, Rickey Purdin, and Darren Shan.

    And most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who read the book. Hearing your voices, your reactions, your enthusiasm every month was such a joy, so humbling, so rewarding. You guys rock! Because so many of you embraced the series, we were able to complete four arcs, and your passion for Batwoman encouraged us to push ourselves to do our best work with each and every issue.

    Thank you for loving Batwoman as much as we do.

    Goodbye for now,
    Haden & J H
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    *sigh*

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    I am so angry right now. Typical DC.

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    Crap. Poor Kate, Bette, Maggie, Jake, Cameron, Mr. Bones, Mrs. Kane, Elizabeth/Alice and US.
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    Cancelation town you go Batwoman. Saw this a mile way

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    Way to go Bob and Dan

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    "...prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married."

    Note that he didn't say they weren't allowed to have them get married, they just weren't allowed to show it. So DC didn't want a gay wedding on panel.

    If I hadn't already decided to stop buying new DC books, this would have sealed the deal.

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    Holy shit, holy shit.

    This is the best book at DC...

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    So much for this title. Sad to see one of the best Bat books get compromised by DC's ever meddling editorial. Won't be long now until 1) she joins a team book 2) becomes part of the never ending cycle of crossover events 3) eventually gets cancelled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash Gordon View Post
    Holy shit, holy shit.

    This is the best book at DC...
    Was sir. Was.

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    Did they not see what a weeding did for Astonshing X men? Really DC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ood Omega View Post
    So much for this title. Sad to see one of the best Bat books get compromised by DC's ever meddling editorial. Won't be long now until 1) she joins a team book 2) becomes part of the never ending cycle of crossover events 3) eventually gets cancelled.
    Or 4) gets fridged in some terrible event comic.

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    Batwoman is a character that I think so few people can get but the creative got her right and did a hell of a job. I cannot believe that DC would let this happen to Batwoman just when she's starting to pick up, now they want to hand her off to very possibly horrendous writers. Can you imagine who they would put on Batwoman now that these writers have left? Not only is Batwoman a fricking woman but she's also a lesbian, comic book writers are not well known for actually writing any of these things well at all. She's a character that needs care and love and someone who can write her with respect. DC needs to fix this crap... When someone writes women respectably, is praised to heavens for it, and you managed to drive them away from DC while simultaneously trying to attract women to your comics, I mean really? Not only has DC chased away the guy who created modern day Batwoman (Greg Rucka), they have now chased away the people who have kept her alive.

    Please cancel Batwoman.

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    Why can't we have nice things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coal Tiger View Post
    Or 4) gets fridged in some terrible event comic.
    That's implied with number 2)
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    Damn. I wasn't even following Batwoman on the regular but the fact that DC is heavily controlling what the writers are allowed to write makes me want to just drop everything.

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