DC Comics delays <i>Batwoman</i> #1 until April

DC Comics' Batwoman will undergo another delay, with the publisher moving the series' debut from February to April.

The news was revealed online yesterday by retailers The Lauchpad and Comics on the Green. "What a surprise," the latter wrote on the store's Twitter account. "... It's a JH Williams book, of course it's not going to be on time."

A spokesman for DC, which previewed art from the first issue just two weeks ago, didn't respond this morning to a request for comment.

The much-anticipated comic, by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder, initially was scheduled to begin in July, but instead DC released a one-shot in November designed to serve as a primer for the ongoing series.

This delay is only the latest bump in the road for the new Batwoman -- lesbian socialite Kate Kane -- whose introduction in summer 2006 was met with a hail of mainstream-media coverage, perhaps far more than the publisher had anticipated. A long-rumored Batwoman series faced one setback after another until finally, in February 2009, it was confirmed that the long-awaited Batwoman comic by Greg Rucka and Williams would become an arc of Detective Comics, timed to coincide with the “death”-induced absence of Batman. Their tenure ended in December 2009, with Detective #860, followed by a three-issue arc by Rucka and Jock.

The same month their acclaimed "Elegy" arc ended, Rucka revealed he and Williams would continue the story in Batwoman. But in April, Rucka announced he was walking away from the character, and from DC Comics. Less than two weeks later, the publisher confirmed it was still committed to Batwoman, with Williams sharing writing duties with Blackman and art duties with Reeder.

(via DC Women Kicking Ass)

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