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Whatever Happened To Batwoman #1?

Batwoman #1 delayed, and a preview to her appearance in Batman, Incorporated


Last week DC Comics revealed that the the relaunch of their Batwoman series would be delayed- again. The series that has kept J.H. Williams III fans on the edge of their seats will be released later, rather than sooner, as the publisher no longer plans to release its first issue on April 6th.  In fact, DC has even canceled orders for the first two issues of the series and has made plans to re-solicit them. Even the reveal of Batwoman #1's interior pages in the back of last week's comics couldn't keep DC from stopping the second delay of this book, which is unfortunate. If you missed those images check them out below.

J.H. Williams took to his blog to showcase the cover to the upcoming first issue as well as to briefly discuss the delays on the series and express some disappointment, without clearly explaining the reasons behind the delays on the book. 
 == TEASER ==

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...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.

The good news is that production on the book will continue, even if the series has once again been delayed. The question on everybody's mind however, is what is up with the delays? If the first issue of Batwoman had not been ready to go from print to the shop, then it's highly unlikely DC would have promoted the preview as well as the April 6th release of the first issue in the backs of many of their comics last week. Perhaps the reason for the delay of this issue has something to do with Kate Kane's appearance in another popular Bat title- one which has also seen various delays- the release of Batman, Inc. #4.  The release of Batman Incorporated #4 is scheduled to hit store shelves on March 23rd, 2011 and gracing the cover of the comic is Kate Kane. It seems fans of Ms. Kane will have to check out Batman, Inc. #4 to catch her next appearance, which based on the preview below, looks like it may be dealing rather heavily on Kate's family history. Could it be that a connection between these two characters be further explored?

What do you guys think of the Batwoman delay? Are you looking forward to the series? How do you feel Kate Kane fits into the Bat universe? 
 













47 Comments
Posted by Deadcool

Sweet

Posted by Aeroman

when is it coming out now?

Posted by kennybaese

On a kind of unrelated note, I still don't get what people hate some much about the new batsuit. I think it's rad.

Posted by Dr. Maxwell

Again Morrison proves that everything is Canon

Posted by longbowhunter

I hate that the book is once again delayed. I've been anxiously awaiting this since Kate's last Detective appearance. Regardless I'll wait as long as it takes.
Posted by Duo_forbidden

Yea...Batwoman really needs to come out soon. Must see J.H Willams gorgeous artwork.

Posted by StarKiller809

I was really looking forward to the Batwoman series. I really do hate comics getting delayed. It messes up my whole mojo.
Posted by Aeroman

WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT?

Posted by batarang614
@Dr. Maxwell:   i d isl ike tht thts happen ing actually
Posted by ScarlettLynn

Batwoman has had the most gorgeous art following her through her appearances. I'm so on the edge of my seat for this series. I feel like I've been waiting for it for forever now.

Posted by Nighthunter

I hate that I have to wait but....
 
In C2E2 Didio explained (or at least that's what I understood from his statement) that they would wait to release batwoman a little more in order to give it more of a chance to find a market. Considering the number of Flashpoint tie-ins and obvious next projects post Brightest day for the publisher (Hawkman and Aquaman have been basically been confirmed by Johns and Robinson) this seems like a logical move, especially considering how slow JH Williams III is

Posted by Video_Martian
@Aeroman said:
"WHEN THE FUCK IS IT COMING OUT? "

My Thoughts Exactly
Posted by sora_thekey
@walkingcarpet said:
" On a kind of unrelated note, I still don't get what people hate some much about the new batsuit. I think it's rad. "
I agree it seems to embody both a modern take while maintaining that "Classic" look!
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Posted by CrimsonTempest

In the words of Iron Sheik... FACK! I'm guessing Batwoman #1 will come by the end of the year...

Posted by kitsuneconundrum

what a suggestive shadow

Posted by Darkmount1

So, this may give us a glimpse of Kate's Aunt Kathy?  We haven't seen her for YEARS.
Posted by oldgum

What's wrong with Batwoman#1? What's wrong with Ultimate X#4!!!!!!!!

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

Can't say I'm surprised. This book will still probably be looking at delays once it's finally released, which is sad.

Posted by Pizawle

The delays are saddening because the book looks incredible.

Posted by Skies327

I'm actually glad it's been delayed. I picked up the #0 issue and thought it was really good, and then was worried I had missed the series' launch while I was on vacation. I never bothered to look for it on the shelves, fearing I was too far behind. Good to know I can still jump on board from the beginning!

Posted by wingster

Maybe DC should/could release Batwoman as a TPB, and skip the monthly distribution.

Posted by Eyz
@wingster said:
" Maybe DC should/could release Batwoman as a TPB, and skip the monthly distribution. "
Good idea.
Since most of us, including me, would only buy the later TPB anyway!
Posted by TDK_1997

I wasn't very excited for Batwoman 1.So I don't mind dealaying it.

Posted by NightFang
@Pizawle said:
" The delays are saddening because the book looks incredible. "
             And this is way I hate delays.
Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

Oh man they f***ing delayed it again ????!!! This makes me angryyy >:(

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

At least the delay is for the beginning of the series. It's better than only releasing 1 or 2 issues and THEN having a delay for the next one. *Cough cough Batman Inc. cough cough The Dark Knight.* 
 
On a related note, what happened to Batman: Odyssey? 6 issues in a suddenly the solicits are gone. And All 4 of the solicits for Batman: Europa disappeared as well. At least we know Batwoman's still coming, what's the deal with Europa?

Posted by Comiclove5

It is beganning to sound like the same situation with Ultimate Comics X.

Posted by Mumbles

i can wait for quality. take your time as long as you don't release an issue then another delay.

Posted by Silkcuts

Bloody 'EL!  With this much delays Vertigo readers could of had another year of Madame Xanadu.  I hate the management at DC Comics.

Posted by GiveUpNed

I'm digging it. I'll prob check it out. It has a Noir feel to it, with a kick ass chick in it. If it's any good, it can be something I can show the girls and it can raise their interest in the medium a bit more. 

Posted by Snore_El

While I eagerly await Batwoman 1, I'd rather it was done right than rushed. The run in Detective was one of my favorite comics of the last couple years next to Fraction's Invincible Iron Man and definitely one of the best things DC has produced in a while with a few exceptions.

Posted by Raul_The_Man

I'm pretty disappointed. I've been looking forward to it since reading issue 0. It's just interesting how they promoted it so much for the feb release and then delayed it until Apr to some more heavy promotions to just have it delayed again and to not give a real explanation as to why.

Maybe they'll do something like with bat inc, publishing two issues in one month kind of making up for its own delays.

Posted by CellphoneGirl

Sucks that it's being delayed, but whenever it comes out i'll check it out.

Posted by kungnima

Funny part is it's not only this. It's also Batman INC, Dark knight, Boy Wonder by Lee and Frank, Batman Europa..
What if someone else who works with something totally different would be late month after month. After all, this is their work :P
On the other hand it's good they don't rush it..
Dunno.

Posted by kimi74
@Silkcuts: Bloody 'EL!  With this much delays Vertigo readers could of had another year of Madame Xanadu. 
 
Agree...
Posted by entropy_aegis

Dont care for batwoman,but excited for INC.hoping bruce thrashes gaucho for his rudeness.
Posted by Silkcuts
@kimi74:  Good to know that there is another person who has MX stolen from under them.
Posted by X_Woman

This book looks really hot.  Can't wait to get it in my hands. 
 
I wonder if they're delaying it on purpose, just to get people to WANT it more.

 
 
   

Posted by SirSparkington

Although I'm stilled bummed Rucka isn't involved, this news bums me out even more. Kate Kane is a really strong character to have in the dcu. She knows who she is and what she is about. She won't let anyone change that. She also kicks ass.
 
Hopefully this book will be awesome with the talent involved (it is a good group). I'll just have to pickup Batman Inc#4 to get my fill of Kate until they finally get around to releasing her series. Hurry up!

Posted by Out_of_Space

Really good article.

Posted by The Poet

To answer your question: I ate Batwoman #1. It was sort of a thin lunch.

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Posted by The Mighty Monarch
@kungnima said:
" Funny part is it's not only this. It's also Batman INC, Dark knight, Boy Wonder by Lee and Frank, Batman Europa.. What if someone else who works with something totally different would be late month after month. After all, this is their work :P On the other hand it's good they don't rush it.. Dunno. "
Batman Inc. finally STOPPED being delayed, and both it and The Dark Knight weren't NEARLY this delayed AND neither of them were this delayed before they even began. Dark Knight: Boy Wonder hasn't even been officially solicited yet; the main one I really agree with you on is Europa. What the hell happened to that? All 4 issues were solicted and now suddenly the solicits are gone.
Posted by Snore_El

I guess I'd rather it wasn't rushed. The Batwoman run in Detective was one of my favorite things of 2009-10 so I'm anxious, but what's the use getting your outer-panties in a bunch about delays? 

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

Isn't it out this week? If so, finally!

Posted by harleyquinn12

I'm disapointed about the delays too, but I'll wait forever for JH Williams art.
Posted by harleyquinnhawkgirl

i really hope theyre releasing it soon bc im a big batwoman fan and jh williams' art is to die for! they need to stop delaying one of dc's most interesting characters and get her out on the market!
Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

It didn't make the August solicits. Maybe September, since Flashpoint ends in August.