This Wednesday, after one of the most public and bitter creative vs. editorial breakups in comic book history, DC will release Batwoman #25 out into the wild. The GLAAD Award-winning duo of J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman — both of whom announced their intention to leave the book after DC refused (among other things) to let Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer get gay married — are now officially off the book (before they were able to wrap up the highly anticipated Batman vs. Batwoman story arc), and openly gay writer Marc Andreyko has taken the reins of the series. The Zero Year issue will be tie-in with DC’s other flashback/origin stories, which are hitting shelves this month, and the story will also take place in the same continuity as Scott Snyder‘s Batman Zero Year issue.
USA Today has released the first interview with Andreyko since he completed work on his first issue, and they have also previewed four pages form the upcoming issue. It’s different. Really different. The art, the coloring, the dialogue, the character design. It’s actually kind of jarring it’s so different. J.H. Williams was with Batwoman from her Maddow-approved relaunch all the way back in Detective Comics. So, yeah. Different.
It actually almost reads like Batman ’66 to me, to be honest, which is such a change of pace, I’m not sure how I’ll cope with it.
On the plus side, in his interview with USA today, Andreyko acknowledges that he’s got big shoes to fill, that he doesn’t have any plans to make huge changes to the character, and that he knows how much she means to the LGBT community:
He also has plans for Maggie Sawyer, Kate’s fiance-who-will-never-be-her-wife, which is a kind of relief, I suppose — even though her story arc apparently will revolve around her ex-husband.
I’ll be honest: I’m going to be devastated if DC ruins this book, or just flat-out cancels it when sales inevitably fall off after Williams’ departure.
Are you looking forward to Batwoman #25?