Saturday, September 7, 2013
Mark Andreyko taking over Batwoman?
Well, who really thought this story was over?
Remember when JH Williams and Haden Blackman abruptly left Batwoman due to constant and last minute editorial interference? Good times! The plan was for both writers to leave after issue #26, probably the conclusion of their current arc... but seems like DC had plans of their own.
According to Comicsbeat writer Heidi MacDonald, Dan Didio announced at Baltimore Comic-Con that Mard Andreyko will be taking over Batwoman at issue #25, which would be in the middle of the current arc, and it would quote: "be better than ever." Because why not throw a little salt on the wound while we're at it?
Now, I've read enough live reports from panels to know that people get things wrong every now and then, either someone giving out the info has their numbers messed up, or those reporting it simply get the wrong number while trying to hastily report on something. It happens a lot, so who knows if #25 is when Andreyko actually takes over. Not questioning the source in any way, but I've watched enough of The Newsroom (screw you, that's a good show!) to know I should get double confirmation.
That said, if this is completely accurate, that's messed up, especially if Williams and Blackman had every intention of completing their scripts up to issue #26. I have nothing against Marc Andreyko, I think he's a good writer, but like Birds of Prey, if he takes over those issues that Williams and Blackman were supposed to write, you know that it's not going to be purely him, and it'll be taken in the direction DC editorial wanted it to go.
I said it on twitter, but I'll say it here too: I don't envy the writer who has to take over this book. Andreyko is probably going to get a lot of shit, and I'll tell you right now, he doesn't deserve it. A job is a job, and if he's willing to do it, then fine. I'll give it a shot, but unfortunately for him, there's always going to be a Barry Bonds like asterisk next to his run in the back of my mind, which isn't fair to him, but thanks to the circumstances DC created, that's the situation.
UPDATE: Oh wow... Wow. They're straight up throwing out the current arc of Batwoman. Andreyko is indeed taking over, and #25 is a Zero Year issue. I guess DC didn't like Batwoman being so isolated. Participation in these crossovers have always been apparently "voluntary" bit it's quite clear DC prefers people to "volunteer."
UPDATE #2: JH Williams III confirmed on Twitter that their arc is being cut, and October's #24 will be their last issue, if published. Apparently it ends with a big cliffhanger. Yep...
(Source: Heidi MacDonald's Twitter & Bleeding Cool)