"Batwoman" Begins in February

Today might be Batman's day on The Source, but you had better believe that doesn't mean that Batwoman isn't getting some attention as well.

The current Kate Kane version of Batwoman first appeared in the pages of the weekly, yearlong series "52" before taking up a starring role in "Detective Comics" under the guidance of Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams following the revamping of the Bat-titles post-"Final Crisis." The series received praise from critics and fans alike for its engaging story and beautifully unique layouts. After writer Greg Rucka's departure from the title and Bruce Wayne's recent adventures quantum leaping through time, DC Comics decided to break the character out into her own ongoing series co-written by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman and art by Williams and Amy Reeder.

"Batwoman" #1 comes out of the shadows and into comic shops in February, but today, Williams spoke with The Source about his plans for Kate Kane in 2011 while revealing some new art from the first issue.

"We're very excited over the things we've come up with for Batwoman. Many layers to the story will unfold as the series progresses, and we'll be going for a genre bending approach to things. We're starting things off very much in a gothic horror type of story, and this will dovetail into more of a classic spy espionage plot with a touch Tarantino like structure, that in turn dovetails into more of a fantasy epic," said Williams. "We are also going to be creating a rogues gallery for Batwoman. Right now she really only has Alice and the Religion of Crime. While those elements are great, we feel that Batwoman's longevity as a strong character will be greatly enhanced by building her a mythos of villains that she can call her own, and we've got some very mean gruesome ones on the way. "

Blackman also chimed in about the creative process and about working on the series with writer-artist Williams.

"The writing process is pretty organic. We usually start with a bunch of disconnected ideas - scenes, snippets of dialogue, a villain, a big set-piece, the fate of a specific character - and work together to put those into a coherent structure with an actual character arc," said Blackman. "When we first starting working on this title, I thought I'd be most excited about writing all the big superhero moments. And those are certainly a lot of fun to write, but the more I get to know these characters, the more I enjoy the quieter, more personal moments - the complexities of Kate's relationships with her father, Bette, and Maggie all allow for a lot of great scenes and exchanges."

Meanwhile, Reeder -- who recently came into the spotlight for her work on "Madame Xanadu" and covers for "Supergirl" -- talked about the artistic side of things. She reveals that her and William plan on acting like a revolving art team, taking turns on interior art from arc to arc.

"Starting with issue #1, we will be trading off arcs as you might usually expect. He will be drawing issues #1-5 and I'll be drawing #6-11. In addition, we'll each be doing a cover for the issues. I'll be drawing the variants for J.H.'s issues, and he'll be drawing the variants for mine! I'm so happy to be involved to this degree and hope that the end product is a seamless collaboration."

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