One of the most consistent creative teams since the start of the new 52, writers Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III have quit the Batwoman series. And there is no dancing around why based on a post on both Williams’ and Blackman’s web site where they note they are…
This is just heartbreaking. I liked this relationship so much and I was rooting for these two to get married. This was really the only romantic relationship I was invested in anymore at DC. :( I love Maggie Sawyer and I was so happy to see her getting some focus with Kate in this book.
The people stating that this probably has more to do with DC’s anti-marriage agenda are probably right. But that’s not an excuse nor an acceptable response to this.
The reality is that DC leadership has such an immature, limited, destructive view of love and relationships at this point that it has now crossed over into derailing what should have been a chance to truly present a healthy, happy marriage between a gay couple on-page. These characters deserved that. Marriage isn’t an end. It’s a new beginning. It doesn’t write characters into a corner unless the only “corner” you know how to write from is that your characters have to constantly be screwing new people. And if that is your only frame of reference as a writer in order to keep things “interesting” then I genuinely feel sorry for you.
This is such a damn shame.
It was already disheartening enough to see the Earth-2 Trinity brutally killed under Robinson’s pen (you know, the versions of the heroes that realised their full potential, married, and started families), their heirs (all three of them women) removed from their position of power in their own universe, and in that same universe, the loved one of another LGBTQ character was killed as plot device to set said character off on their heroic path and later put them in a dark place when they weren’t in costume.
This on the other hand is hitting the final nail on the coffin. One of the books that has been consistently good from the New 52 was Batwoman and the creative team for this book has been pretty solid in their handling of her narrative since the beginning. I could tell from reading the story arcs that Williams and Haden have had long term plans for the character and I especially loved how they developed Kate’s relationship to Maggie. The fact that they’re leaving after issue #26 without showing the character getting married makes me worry for the future and direction of this character, especially if she doesn’t end up in good hands following their departure.
At this point, DC’s misogyny culture has gone from discomforting to absolutely toxic. I’m at a point now where I feel the leadership at this company is in serious need of therapy to find better ways of dealing with their relationship and women issues that doesn’t involve pouring their own toxicity into the narratives of characters where they don’t belong.
Batwoman and Huntress look so majestic here, it makes me want a team-up between these two to actually happen.
(But only in Batwoman’s book since that book is beautifully written). ❤
Here it is everyone! For Happy Beer Day, I give you the review for the issue of Batman Family that showed Helena Wayne infamously kissing the Earth-1 version of her father in a way that would make you look twice at the screen to make sure you weren’t too drunk at first glance.
Fortunately, however, that is not the focus of the story. The bulk of the issue deals with:
- Helena Wayne’s first meeting with the Earth-1 versions of both her mother and father.
- Helena Wayne’s first meeting with the Earth-1 version of Dick Grayson.
- A Birds of Prey-style team-up between Batgirl, Batwoman, and Huntress.
- There’s even a team-up between Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Madame Zodiac, who are the three women these three heroines take on. (Do I even need to specify which one Huntress takes on?)
- The overall theme of this issue is luck (which is right up there with the theme of today’s holiday). ;)
It’s an all-in-all great story to pick up if you want to see how the initial meeting between Helena Wayne and the Earth-1 version of her family was handled before the clusterfuck that is the current DC universe. It’s also a great story to reference if you want to compare how they handle her meeting the Earth-1 Batfamily in the New 52 as opposed to the pre-Crisis continuity.
Chances are we won’t be seeing the current Helena Wayne awkwardly kissing the Earth-1 Bruce.
That being said, I hope you all have had a great St. Patty’s Day. :)
Batman Incorporated #4
This is 'El Tango de la Muerte.'
/Fixed that for you Grant Morrison.
I’ve determined that these two need to team-up.