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WTF Year – Day 248: Batwoman Team Quits Over Editorial Interference

Okay DC… go ahead and blame the heightened attention of the internet and social media again… even though you use those same devices to promote your poorly thought out books. In our continuing coverage of DC’s WTF Year in which EIC Bob Harras continues to try to run the company into the ground, we bring you the news that JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman are leaving Batwoman with issue #26. Williams notes several editorial reasons for leaving:

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.

I gotta say that not showing the wedding is pretty stupid on DC’s part. It didn’t hurt Marvel and in fact drew a ton of extra attention when Northstar was married. I wasn’t really a fan of this series, but I did check in on the art from time to time. It’s a shame to know that one of the few Bat books that weren’t just a cheap tie-in to Batman are likely to become just that… if not cancelled.

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By Dustin Cabeal

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  • Kevin Beckham

    chalk up another one for Nerd Crusher.