As I recently posted, I’ve considered Batwoman to stand out as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, title in the New 52. The reason for my admiration and enjoyment for the comic is the well-crafted storytelling and innovative artwork of the fantastic creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. They announced this week that they would no longer be working on the book because of an editorial dispute that makes DC editorial look really bad. It’s allegedly not a gay marriage issue, but the issue involves gay marriage, so the association is forced. In denying Batwoman her marriage, DC has contributed to the public discourse on gay marriage, even if the decision was entirely motivated by editorial concerns. The fact that it drove such an amazing team from a book they so obviously loved putting together also contributes to DC’s reputation for driving away its talent. Of all the creators who have walked away since the New 52 started, this news is the most disappointing.

In all honesty, I don’t see how a marriage, gay or otherwise, could really screw up the Batwoman story. There could be a very logical progression here- Kate and Maggie get married, Maggie gets killed, Kate is single seeking vengeance.  What could DC have planned that a Batwedding would disrupt? Are all the females characters in the DC universe so busy that none could spare the time to serve as bridesmaids?

In the interest of the democratic nature of the comic book audience-creator relationship, I’m just writing this to throw my two cents in- DC Comics should beg these guys not to leave. I think a regular rotation of creators on titles can be good, especially in big universes like DC and Marvel and especially if a creative team is putting out lousy work, but Williams and Blackman have made Batwoman such a unique title that they deserve better editorial support.

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