Following Greg Rucka’s revelation on Friday that he’s walking away from DC Comics and Batwoman, his Detective Comics collaborator J.H. Williams III offers some hope for fans of the character.
“I was afraid something like this was going to occur but held out hope that it wouldn’t happen,” Williams wrote this afternoon on his blog. “That DC and Greg could come to some sort of agreement, apparently not going to happen. So what does this mean for Batwoman and the project I’ve spent a decent amount of time and thought on? I don’t know. I do know that DC is firmly committed to this character from what I hear from them. So where does all of this leave us? I believe DC will want the character to continue somehow. In what form? I’m not sure, but she’ll be back, I’m sure of it. This character has too much potential to just go by the wayside. So we should be hearing some sort of news at the appropriate time I assume.”
Williams’ comments would seem to indicate creative differences between Rucka and the publisher, rather than editorial hesitancy regarding the character, led to the parting of the ways and the apparent shelving (for however long) of the solo title.
For fans of the Rucka-Williams team, the writer announced during his WonderCon spotlight panel that they’re collaborating on a project he describes as “Bladerunner meets Blake’s 7.”
Williams also reveals that, along with assorted variant covers, and a co-feature for DC Legacies, he’ll be illustrating another issue of Jonah Hex. His previous effort, Issue 35, was nothing short of stunning. In case you missed it, you can view several of the pages on Williams’ Flickr account.