|Detective Comics # 860|
Batwoman is late. Everybody knows this. Batwoman is not late because of Greg Rucka, who is long gone, moved on, and thinking about The Punisher. Is it W Haden Blackman? Nah, that doesn't sound right. It surely isn't Amy Reeder. In fact, she's taking portions of the art away from our culprit, and actually might make it possible for a different artist to maintain a better than monthly schedule!
Batwoman is late because JH Williams III is late. I doubt most people truly understand how incredibly tardy he is, though. Think back, folks. When was the last time that JH Williams completed a full issue of interior art? I'm not talking about cover art, or that little commercial they put out a couple of months ago called Batowman # 0. Can you guess when Williams finished a full issue of pencils?
Yup. It's been more than a year. You shouldn't be asking yourself where Batwoman # 1 is, Kate Kane fans. You should really be wondering why you don't have Batwoman # 12 in your mitts right now.
The truth is that I don't know why you don't have any Batwoman comics to read, folks. I can tell you what JH Williams posted on his blog regarding the delays:
“Some think that this book was to launch last July, this was never the case, this was speculation on the part of some. The book was also never to launch in November either. The zero issue which came out at that time was never in the original plans, but was done as a bit of a reminder as requested by DC, and to set the stage, this of course took out time of the work already in progress. February had been decided on the launch date by the company with reservations about that from me. I felt that was a bit too soon in a realistic look at work progression. One of the reasons for this was that I had been seriously committed to making appearances around the world over this past year. I think maybe 3 months or more of work loss occurred during that time. I kept trying to point this out whenever discussions about schedule came up. When first discussing the launch date earlier last year we had originally wanted April 2011, and now ironically that is what we have. Only after solicits stating otherwise, causing some unnecessary frustrations.”
Ryan Lee Translation: DC wanted to open Batwoman in July 2010, and I said April 2011. Oh look, I guess it won't be ready until April 2011 after all! That's ironic. What do you want from me, I'm busy with with admirers!
Look, I don't really know the guy, and I don't know what his daily life looks like. I do know that if Batwoman had debuted in July 2010, that would have been seven months after his last full issue of pencils on Detective #860. So even if we take him at his word that appearances cost him three months of work, (and by the way, that figure sets off my bullshit detector in the most aggressive manner possible) how is it unreasonable for DC to expect him to have an issue done after seven months?
It's absurd. And what's worse is that Batwoman won't even make the April target now. I know you'll be shocked when JH Williams hit his blog when this news broke explaining why it isn't his fault:
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. Amy [Reeder] has turned in some variant cover work for the series and has shown us thumbnails for issue 6, looks really nice. So while I'm moving forward, she is too, we'll have my arc done and hers well on it's way to completion by the time this thing rolls out. The only real downside is that solicits were pulled on us twice, making readers heads spin, wish that didn't happen, but it has, lets just make the best of it. I'm fast approaching the middle of issue 3's interior art, Haden and I've started working on script for issue 8, the first 5 covers are done, and Dave [Stewart] has had issue 2 in his hands for his special magic touch.
|GL 62 - # 1 at 71, 517 units. Ouch.|
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|Remember me? It's only been a year.|
|Vegas over/under for 2011 issues: 4|