Writer Greg Rucka has revealed that he and Detective Comics collaborator J.H. Williams III are reuniting for a Batwoman series that will debut late in 2010.
“Jim and I are going to be — I’m probably going to get in trouble for saying this — but we’re starting work on what will be a Batwoman title,” Rucka told John Siuntres of the Word Balloon podcast. “Our initial plan had been, you know, 12 issues on Detective and, for a variety of reasons in-house … the last five parts will be told later in 2010.”
Rucka and Williams’ final issue of Detective, #860, hits stores today. It will be followed by a three-issue arc by Rucka and Jock.
It’s unclear from the writer’s comments whether the Batwoman title will be a miniseries or an ongoing. However, he said that he and Williams will craft a new story for the first issue “that will allow people who haven’t read Detective to come in blind and be satisfied. … That’s the big plan right now.”
As for Rucka’s future on Detective, the writer said, “There is some discussion as to whether or not I should stick around and write somebody else in a Bat-costume.” He said that he told Executive Editor Dan Didio, “Don’t be foolish: If you give me Detective and think Kate [Kane] ain’t gonna be in it, you’re daft.”
This, of course, isn’t the first time a solo series has been discussed for Batwoman. The introduction of the new version of the character — lesbian socialite Kate Kane — in summer 2006 was met with a hail of mainstream-media coverage. But a long-rumored Batwoman series faced one delay after another, which some chalked up to DC’s nervousness about any potential effect the character’s sexual orientation could have on the lucrative Bat-brand.
Finally, in February 2009, it was confirmed that the long-awaited Batwoman comic by Rucka and Williams would become an arc of Detective Comics beginning with June’s Issue 854, timed to coincide with the “death”-induced absence of Batman.