There’s been quite a bit of upheaval in Gotham over the last year or so, particularly where Bats are concerned. Bruce Wayne is no longer the only Batman, in fact he’s been recruiting a whole league of them in Batman Inc. Dick Grayson, former boy wonder became the Batman in Gotham after Bruce died…err was lost in time…err became an evil time bomb. Eh, comics are confusing. Anyway with a new Batman came a new Robin, and after that a new Batgirl. So there are lots of new faces in the Bat family recently.
But there’s one missing, or maybe I should rephrase it to read there’s one I’m missing. Batwoman, Kate Kane, the former marine, kick-ass chick whose not afraid to say she loves the ladies. She’s fierce, passionate and a fantastic addition to the Bat family, even if she’s not been officially sanctioned by the big Bat himself. So where can you catch her daring adventures month to month? Well, you can’t. Her new self-titled series has been delayed, again. Readers were given a preview with Batwoman #0 released back in November of last year with the series to start in February. Then it was pushed to April and you might have noticed ads in your DC books saying this. Well, now the series has been pushed back to September. Can’t a girl catch a break in this man-bat world?
J.H. Williams III who beautifully illustrated Batwoman during her stint in Detective Comics (written by Greg Rucka) is working on both the art and story for the new book and has commented on the delays before,
Well, its obvious to many that Batwoman’s release has been pushed back yet again. This was not our choice, and as to why, I’m not at liberty to really discuss. So the release may be farther away now, but be assured that work is still commencing. The upside to a later release means that gives us plenty of time to get a lot of issues done.
And they have been working really hard. The team of Williams, Haden Blackman and Amy Reader are well through the first arc and are already beginning a second. Now with a push back to September they’ll probably have a year’s worth of comics completed before we can read a single one!
Reader is who confirmed the new start date of September at WonderCon this passed weekend. She says the reasoning for the delay this time is to allow DC to give the Batwoman series a big promotional push. Dan Didio, co-publisher of DC confirmed this. DC does have a lot of new books coming out this summer with the newest crossover event, Flashpoint beginning. But they’ve been planning Flashpoint for a long time and I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have worked Batwoman around this.
I hate to say this but I think Batwoman’s getting screwed. Her run on Detective Comics is what brought me to my local comic book store. Her stories are what made me start reading other Bat-books and then other DC books. I know a lot of other comic book fans have been eagerly anticipating this book and it sucks having to wait so long for series we’ve been craving since Rucka left DC. She’s also a really important character socially. She is one of DC’s few openly gay characters. She’s one of the few DC women to not fit the mold of buxom and blonde. She’s also one of the few females to not bear the moniker ‘girl’. She’s a woman, a Bat-woman. Unlike so many of the other women in DC who are labeled girls while obviously being quite mature. Power Girl, Supergirl, Batgirl. She’s up there with Wonder Woman as one of the few chicks who are allowed to stand toe to toe with the guys.
So no Batwoman until September. All right fine, but I really want an awesome promotion for when the series does begin. I’m talking posters and t-shirts, maybe some special edition covers, I want it all DC because you’re making us wait.
source: DC Woman Kicking Ass