Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fabian Nicieza confirmed as Batwing's New Writer

When Judd Winick left Batwing, it was never really clear who would be taking his place. Nicieza was solicited to write the issues following Winick, but it was never confirmed if he'd be the new writer on a regular basis. Well, today in an interview with Newsarama, he confirmed that he would be "writing an arc that should take us through issue #20" with artist Fabrizio Fiorentino.

A few things... I have no problem with Nicieza, if you remember, I enjoyed Red Robin quite a bit back when he was writing it, despite my thoughts that it fell a bit flat towards the end (to be fair, a lot of books did given The New 52 was coming). That said, I would have liked to have seen a "fresh" talent take on the title, it would have been a perfect book to get some young talent on, and have them get some work in the Batworld, minus any pressure. Why? Well, because I don't think Batwing is long for this world anyways, so why not...

Batwing isn't doing well in sales, and with each passing wave of cancellations, there aren't a whole lot of books left between Batwing and the bottom. Nicieza's comments in his interview don't exactly inspire much hope either, as he went out of his way not to say he was the new "regular writer," saying he'll have an arc go at least to issue 20. If I had to guess, we could see some more cancelations around issue #20 in the New 52. It's May, Trinity War is soon to start, the New Superman book comes out around then, and DC seems to cancel book at numbers that can be divided by 4. (#8, #12, #16). So, all signs point to Batwing getting the axe, if I had to bet.

Or I could just be wrong, who knows. I feel I'm pretty spot on in this instance, but I'm just guessing. Regardless, I hope I enjoy whatever issues we get, because generally, I have liked this book quite a bit.

(Source: Newsarama)

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