Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Blackest Night in January and the end of Batwoman?

An interesting 10 Questions with Dan Didio this week as he actually gives some great answers to the Newsarama reader questions.

One of the things we learn is that in January there will be a break from the main Blackest Night mini series (to allow Ivan Reiss enough time on the art duties) but we will still be getting plenty more Blackest Night action. The following one shots have be announced to resurrect certain DC titles in the Blackest Night theme. The titles are:

The Power of Shazam! #18 is being written by Eric Wallace.
Catwoman #83 is going to be written by Fabian Nicieza,
Suicide Squad #67 is being written by John Ostrander.
The Question #37 is Greg Rucka.
Phantom Stranger #42 is Peter Tomasi.
Weird Western Tales #71 is Dan DiDio.
The Atom and Hawkman #46 is Geoff Johns.
Starman #81 is James Robinson.

I think this sounds pretty cool, and there are some good writers involved, though no artists confirmed yet.

Also reading I noticed that it seems Batwoman will no longer be the headlining star in Detective Comics from January. I was not aware of this and am pretty gutted as the creative team on that book have been great and done excellent work with the character. However, is a solo Batwoman series a possibility somewhere down the line?

“ Nrama: The cover to January's issue is Batman instead of Batwoman, so is that when Batwoman steps out of the comic? Is she completely out of the picture at that point?” “DiDio: I think we'll be still seeing her appearing in the series. As a matter of fact, you might be seeing her appear in a couple of the Batman series at the start of the year, and then it's going to be hard to contain her just as a guest star appearance. I feel that she's really proven herself as a solo star.”

If a Batwoman solo series is coming out I hope its still Rucka and Williams so they can continue the great work they have started.

Check the full interview HERE.


  1. They announced a few months back that following the 3 issue Batwoman origin arc in Detective (which starts this month, through December), featuring art by JH Williams, III and written by Greg Rucka, there will be another 3 issue arc starring Batwoman by Rucka, with art by Jock. They've said that Kate has the reigns of Detective Comics for over a year, that JH will be drawing 12 issues of it, and Jock will be doing an additional 3. Also, the cover (which has an old school/retro/flashback Batman as per the symbol on his chest) has an image within Kate's bat emblem/symbol. The picture of Batman is within the red bat on a black/grey background. This issue is still about Batwoman, not to worry, it will likely feature Bruce via flashback, that is all. Didio is just being coy, as he always does.

    A solo series following her at-least-15 issue Detective run as something coming up is certainly something to be excited about though.

  2. Starman #81!?!? January can't get here quick enough for me! Best comic book news I've read since the return of Nate Grey!

  3. Jared - Thats great news, seems we got a lot more Batwoman goodness coming up nest year then which is great. thanks for clearing that up for me.

    X-Man - I knew you'd be happy about that one.