"High profile creators leave DC Comics after heavy editorial interference"
Boy howdy, that's a good joke... oh wait, that isn't a joke, it's a fucking monthly occurrence at DC comics right now, and this month, it hits within Gotham Spoiler's jurisdiction, as last night, both JH Williams III and Haden Blackman walked off Batwoman with issue #26 citing multiple last minute changes on DC's part, to big plot lines within their book.
Statement and my reaction after the jump.
Here is a portion of the 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. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.
We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26."The full statement can be read at JH Williams' website (which has crashed) or Blackman's. It's important to note the class of these two men, as they went out without shitting all over everything, like some have. Even still... this is as always, once again, just fucked up.
Here's the initial problem, yeah... this isn't creator owned work, editorial is required to keep things straight in some cases, you can't have X character doing Y in book Z while they're doing something completely contradictory in their own book. Okay, I get that. But the last minute and straight up absurd changes are insane. They don't stop!
But the thing that really gets me is the marriage part. What is absolutely fucking disgusting is how often DC will use Batwoman to promote their gay friendly publishing practices, and use stuff like the character winning honors from GLAAD for PR... Then they go around and explicitly prohibit anyone from seeing their premiere gay character getting married...
WHAT THE FUCK!?
Now, this is not necessarily an "anti-gay" agenda on DC's part, much similar to the whole Saga/iTunes/Comixology thing, as we know DC doesn't really like their characters being married in general at this point, but given the fact we're talking about two gay characters, it's definitely special circumstances. You can't use Batwoman as your poster child in the press for gay characters, citing awards and what not, then turn around and completely shut down something like a scene of her getting married. That's ridiculous, hypocritical, and scummy as all hell. This particular plot line was set up months ago, and was brought up again as recent as the previous issue, if DC really didn't want it to happen, they should have shut it down way back then. You know what the irony is? If they allowed it to happen, they could promote the shit out of it, get all sorts of good, topical press, and sell more books. But no, that would make too much god damn sense. I hope GLAAD straight up denounces DC after this bullshit and makes a huge stink about it. How's that for some press?
But you know what makes this funny in a way? The complaint I brought up from last issue. Bane. Over in Talon it was explicitly explained that after our last encounter with Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight, Bane turned his focus on the Court of Owls and retreated back to Santa Prisca to plan a war on Gotham, then gets recruited by the Secret Society, which of course leads into Forever Evil. Pretty clear line on the character path, correct? So what the hell is he doing in Batwoman, getting caught by the DEO in Alaska, then being brought to Gotham to start some shit? How about focusing on making sure basic continuity is in place, especially when it involves one of your massive events, instead of impeding stories that have been set up for months from being told?
Fuck, man... The worst part is, I know this isn't the end.