Batwoman loses its best creators.
In a letter posted on his website J.H. Williams announced he and W. Haden Blackman have left the critically acclaimed and successful book Batwoman due to a conflict with DC comics editorial. Williams cites being blocked from telling several stories he wanted to tell as being the reason for leaving – most crucially that DC told him that he would not be allowed to show Batwoman’s wedding to her girlfriend.
On Blackman’s website he has the following statement:
“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.”
This comes as just the latest in a slew of creators like Rucka and Robinson leaving DC over story directions being changed or killed at the last minute. It seems odd that DC, the company who all but threw a parade when the announced Alan Scott being gay, would ax a story with as much potential as a lesbian wedding in the pages of Batwoman. There will no doubt be more of a backlash in the coming days over that aspect of this story. The creative team’s final story will be Batwoman #26. It’s also worth noting that J.H. Williams still plans to draw the upcoming Sandman: Overture. He said on twitter that this will not affect those plans.