Batwoman writer and artist walk after DC refuses gay marriage story

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Sep 5, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

DC's editorial team steps in it again.

Since the Elegy storyline debuted in 2009, Batwoman has become a very popular character in the DC Universe. A major part of her success stems from the fact that she is a well-written lesbian character (a rare beast in comics) and that she is usually drawn by incredible artist JH Williams III. Her DC 52 run has been among the most popular, and it seemed for a while that Kate Kane and her fans' luck would never run out.

But both W. Haden Blackman and JH Williams have just announced that they're leaving Batwoman behind. And, no, it's not an amicable parting of the ways.

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.

There are many notable aspects to this story, but, in fairness to DC, let's lead with this one -- Williams has made it pretty clear that DC's problem with the gay marriage story was less to do with the gay part and more to do with the marriage part. That tracks since, when the New 52 was first announced, one of the biggest changes was that Lois and Clark would no longer be married.

We're not saying that it isn't still insensitive given the sociopolitical climate, but context is important.

Most notable is the fact that editors are making these executive decisions at the last possible moment, leaving the creative teams scrambling to rewrite stories that were set into motion months prior. Those kinds of changes lead to plot and character inconsistencies. In other words -- it makes for bad books.

Keep in mind, though, that DC fired Gail Simone from Batgirl not so long ago, only to rehire her days later after a strong public backlash. What we're saying is, if you want Blackman and Williams to stay on the book, now's the time to speak up.

(via Comics Beat)