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Every now and then there will be something in the news about superheroes or other geeky topics that I just have to pass on. That'll be covered here.

Marvel to (Finally) Publish Miracleman!

by Aaron Einhorn
Several years ago at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel announced that they had obtained the rights to Marvelman/Miracleman.

For those not in the know, Marvelman began as a way for Warrior Magazine to continue making Captain Marvel stories after the licensing agreement with Fawcett Comics went kaput. A quick reskin of the character, change “Shazam” into “Kimota,” and voila, all new hero.

But what went from being a Captain Marvel rip-off became a whole new thing in the hands of Alan Moore and company, and then later on, Neil Gaiman.

(This is a horrid oversimplification. Read the full details here.)

I was in the crowd in 2009 when Marvel made that announcement, and I went nuts over it. I had been loaned a copy of the individual issues for Miracleman and loved the story. So, I was eager to see what Marvel would do with the character. After all, used properly, Marvelman could be a powerhouse and an icon on par with Superman. And he even had Marvel’s name in his title.

Of course, the licensing rights to Miracleman are a mess. And so, we got a few reprints of the original Mick Anglo stories, and then… nothing. For years. And most people assumed that the rights would be a part of Marvel/Disney’s portfolio and nothing would happen.

Then during Age of Ultron, it seemed like we would see Marvelman appear at the series’ conclusion. Instead, we got Angela, who Neil Gaiman still owned after creating her for Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. Nothing against Angela as a character, but her inclusion was somewhat anti-climactic to many. In a world without Hellspawn, her existence is confusing at best. It’s not that she can’t be retrofit to work in Marvel Comics, but is she needed?

(For the record? I am reading Guardians of the Galaxy, and I enjoy Angela’s presence there just fine. But I wanted to see Miracleman, dang it.)

Well, now, at least according to what was revealed at NYCC 2013, it seems like Miracleman is finally set to return.

According to a release put out today by Marvel, starting in January, we will see the Warrior/Eclipse comics series of Miracleman reprinted, and just as importantly, we will then see the series finished.

Because the sad truth is that Miracleman #25 was never printed. It was written, it was illustrated and it was ready to go, but it was never seen. And now, if all is to be believed, that final issue will also be printed and available.

Of course, I find it very interesting and curious that Alan Moore’s name is never listed in the press release. Hopefully that just means that Moore’s name can’t be used to promote it, and not that something weird is happening with his writing.

I’m thrilled, personally. I loved reading Miracleman, and am eager to own the issues myself. You can check out the full press release below, following a gallery of some of the covers that will be printed with the reprints.

MIRACLEMAN RETURNS! MARVEL TO PUBLISH GROUND-BREAKING ORIGINAL SERIES AND NEW STORIES BY NEIL GAIMAN!
“[Miracleman’s] heights are highs Watchmen cannot touch. It’s that good. It’s that important.” –Sequart.org

It was the series that changed comics forever. With the utterance of one word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born!

Long out of print, Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that the earth-shattering stories that injected new levels of sophistication into the super hero genre will finally see the light of day once again! Starting this January, Marvel will begin publishing the legendary run of Miraclemanby the original creators that began in Warrior Magazine and continued under now defunct publisher Eclipse Comics!

Fans lucky enough to have read these trailblazing stories when they were originally produced have often referred to this legendary run on Miracleman as “the lost Watchmen,” and Marvel is proud to finally bring these incredible comics to an audience that has clamored for them.

“The wait is over,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “Marvel will finally be bringing these timeless, ground-breaking stories to a whole new generation of reader.”

“We’ve been working with the Miracleman artists to obtain original artwork or photostats in every instance possible, and then applying the same painstaking restoration methods and rigorous quality standards that are utilized on the Marvel Masterworks line. The Marvel Special Projects team have even been developing some new techniques specifically for this project. These Miraclemanissues will receive the most advanced restoration possible to ensure the most authentic reading experience,” says SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “The art is crisp, clear, and looks as good – if not better than the day it was published! Also, the stories are being completely relettered to meet today’s standards.”

Making these stories available to an entirely new generation is one thing – but following the original groundbreaking run, the epic more than 30 years in the making will reach its cataclysmic conclusion! You heard correctly – Marvel will also be publishing all-new Miraclemanstories from legendary creators Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham! Long left unfinished, Gaiman and Buckingham’s famous storyline will ultimately see the light of day!

“The tragedy of Miracleman was that we published two issues, wrote three and a half – and then it all stopped,” Gaiman said, in an interview with Marvel.com. “And Miracleman #25has been sitting in the darkness – nobody has seen it. It was drawn, it was written, it was lettered over 20 years ago.”

“I love the idea that I will get to finish this story,” added Gaiman.

“That Neil and Bucky can finally finish the story they started, is a great relief to still-gasping fans — myself among them,” says Alonso.

Re-presented in serialized form, each issue of Miracleman features additional content including new art, interviews with the creators as well as new covers from some of the industry’s most legendary artists! Look for Miracleman #1 in print and digital this January!

Marvel and Disney Come Together Under the “Disney Kingdoms” Banner!

Disney_Kingdoms_Seekers_of_the_Weird_Coverby Aaron Einhorn
I am not one of those fans who was scared by the Disney acquisition of Marvel. Why? Well, because I had already lived through the full integration of Pixar under the Mouse. I never thought that Disney would do any harm to Marvel, and that we would in fact see Marvel able to benefit from the increased marketing dollars from their new owners.

I did, however, figure that there would be some changes with licensed properties, both for the good and for the bad. And there was some bad. I still mourn the death of Spectacular Spider-Man from the airwaves. Similarly, I suspect that the day is not too far off when Universal Orlando will have to rebrand their Marvel Adventure Island as Disney World opens their own Marvel attractions.

(Especially in light of this news.)

What I was not expecting, but am really excited to see, is Marvel comics based on Disney attractions. But not necessarily the ones you would expect.

It turns out that Disney and Marvel are creating a new line “Disney Kingdoms,” which promises “new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”
This is an interesting idea, and something Disney has certainly played with before, but not quite like this. We’ve seen movies based on Disney attractions already (some successful, and some less so). Similarly, we’ve seen Ridley Parson’s Kingdom Keepers novels, which take us into a world where the Disney attractions come to life at night, and a gang of teenagers are responsible for protecting the magic. (I began reading them with Cordy, and they’re quite enjoyable.)

So, what will the first comic under this imprint be? Will it be based on Expedition: Everest? How about an intergalactic adventure based around Mission: Space?

Well, no. Instead it will be based on an attraction that was never constructed. But what an attraction they picked.
Famed Imagineer Rolly Crump envisioned the Museum of the Weird back in 1965, designed to be a collection of mystical curiosities unearthed from all around the globe. This was conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction to be connected to the Haunted Mansion, but was left unrealized following Walt’s passing.

Using the concepts behind this attraction, Marvel and Disney will be bringing us Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird. Written by Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and illustrated by Karl Moline (Avengers Arena), Seekers of the Weird will focus on teens Maxwell and Melody who find themselves working alongside their strange uncle as they race through the world’s strangest and most dangerous museum following the kidnapping of their parents. An evil secret society opposes them, and the teens will discover their “wild and weird” destiny along the way.

Seekers of the Weird will be a five-issue miniseries, and I hope it does well, because this sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I’ve been disappointed that we never saw more of Marvel’s last experimental line of mini-series in the form of the Crossgen titles, so I’d love to see this one do well.

Fans at this weekend’s New York Comic Con will be able to see a preview of Seekers of the Weird at the Saturday “Cup of Joe” panel. In the meantime, you can read Marvel’s press release. Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1 will hit shelves in January of 2014.

MARVEL AND WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING PRESENT DISNEY KINGDOMS!
All-New Comic Series Starting With “SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD”

Marvel & Disney are proud to present your first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, the first comic series published under the all-new Disney Kingdoms banner! Created in close partnership with designers, producers, and creative directors from Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Kingdoms line promises new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters, and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

This January, experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never constructed – Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. Originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to the Haunted Mansion, Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board following the passing of Walt Disney….until now!

“We’re thrilled to be part of this historic launch that taps into the immense creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering to create background stories for so many beloved attractions,” said SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “Grounded in rich Disney history, Disney Kingdoms is a great way to link Disney fans and Marvel fans!”

Disney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,” said Editor Bill Rosemann. “Working hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvel’s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that you’ve always known—but will experience for the very first time!”

Written by Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and drawn by Karl Moline (Avengers Arena) – when their parents are kidnapped, teens Maxwell and Melody are thrust into a thrilling race through the world’s strangest – and most dangerous museum! Together, they must join forces with their mysterious and swashbuckling uncle as they attempt to rescue their family and save the world from an evil secret society! And they just might discover the truth behind their wild and weird destiny along the way!

What terrifying secrets lie inside the mysterious Museum of the Weird? Find out this January as the harrowing journey begins in Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1!

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)
Written by BRANDON SEIFERT
Art by KARL MOLINE
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
Variant Cover by WALT DISNEY IMAGINEER BRIAN CROSBY
On-Sale In Print & Digital This January!

Marvel Promises More Excitement From Month Two of X-Men: Battle of the Atom

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2 Variant Cover

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2 Variant Cover

X-Men #5 Second Printing Cover

X-Men #5 Second Printing Cover

by Aaron Einhorn
If you’ve been reading my Weekly Comic Round-Ups, you know that I’m an absolute convert to the X-Men with “Battle of the Atom.” I was one of those fans who had burned by too many “event” crossovers, too many time-traveling Messiah figures, and far too many pouches and trench coats. Despite being an avid reader of the X-Men through the eighties and the first part of the nineties, by the time I graduated High School in 1995, I was done with the X-Men.

I occasionally dipped my toe back in, of course. X-characters would show up in other titles I read. I purchased the issue where Scott and Jean finally got married, and when Joss Whedon took over Astonishing, I stuck with that title as long as Joss did – even while being confused at the relationship between Scott and Emma. And of course, then there were the Ultimate titles.

But I still stayed away from the X-Men as much as I could. Because each time I had dipped my toe in, I felt like the battered half of an abusive relationship. “Come back, baby, it’ll be better this time.” And it would be for a few months. Then the pain would start again.

Wolverine and the X-Men #37

Wolverine and the X-Men #37

Wolverine and the X-Men #37 Variant Cover

Wolverine and the X-Men #37 Variant Cover

(And my sincerest apologies to anyone who has actually endured an abusive relationship for this metaphor.)

Still, after reading A vs. X, I was kind of hooked again. And the aftermath made me determined to pick up at least the all new Uncanny X-Men title, just to see what happened with Scott and Emma and Magneto. Then it was an easy sell to buy All-New X-Men with the original team back. And being a strong advocate for seeing more titles with women and minority leads, how could I refuse Brian Wood’s X-Men?

(But I’m still not buying X-Force, X-Men Legacy or Wolverine and the X-Men. Not yet, anyhow.)

And “Battle of the Atom” has exceeded all of my expectations. I’ve loved it.

So, when Marvel sent me the following press release, I was overjoyed. More twists and turns with the X-Men of the future? A possible return of the Phoenix Force? (Personally, I’m betting on seeing some version of Jean get taken once more, complete with her fresh-from-the-Marvel-Avengers-Alliance-Facebook-game Phoenix Five armor.)

All-New X-Men #17 Variant Cover

All-New X-Men #17 Variant Cover

All New X-Men #16 2nd Printing Variant

All New X-Men #16 2nd Printing Variant

Sign. Me. Up.

The press release follows.

EXCITING TWISTS AND TURNS AS MONTH TWO OF X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM BEGINS!

If you thought the first month was exciting – you ain’t seen nothing yet! They’ve come from the past. They’ve come from the future. They’ve come from….the future again? Who are the REAL Future X-Men?! Find out this October as X-Men: Battle of the Atom heads into its second exciting month full of even more twists and turns!

“We have been waiting to reveal these images since the day we planned this event,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Who are these characters who claim to the be the X-Men of the future? And if they’re not lying, WHO ARE THE OTHER GUYS?!?!?!”

Chaos at the Jean Grey School! The return of the Phoenix Force! And more! Plus a game-changing conclusion that will shake the X-Men to their very core! Don’t miss out on the exciting second half of the blockbuster X-Men event of the year, X-Men: Battle of the Atom!

Marvel is also proud to announce that due to overwhelming demand, All-New X-Men #16 and X-Men #5 will be returning for second printings! That’s right, chapters 2 and 3 of X-Men: Battle of the Atom have sold out at the distributor level, and will be going back to press immediately. Retailers are strongly encouraged to increase orders of the final chapters, Wolverine & The X-Men #37 and X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2 in anticipation of future demand.

All-New X-Men #16 2nd Printing Variant
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen
Cover by David Lopez
On-Sale October 23, 2013

X-Men #5 2nd Printing Variant
Written by Brian Wood
Art by David Lopez
Cover by Phil Noto
On-Sale October 23, 2013

Wolverine and the X-Men #37
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover by Ed McGuinness
Variant Cover by Kris Anka
On-Sale October 23, 2013

X-Men: Battle of the Atom #2
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Esad Ribic
Cover by Ed McGuinness
Variant Cover by Esad Ribic
On-Sale October 30, 2013

Want a Sneak Peek at Uncanny X-Men #13?

by Aaron Einhorn
So, it seems like almost on a daily basis (actually, several times a day), my inbox gets hit with a preview from an upcoming comic issue from Marvel, DC, Image or Valiant. When I was running Comic Hero News, I would dutifully post each and every one of these as soon as it arrived, along with the full text of the press release. Now? I’m a bit more choosy.

Which doesn’t mean I won’t occasionally post them. See, as someone who has spent most of the past two decades studiously avoiding the X-Men titles, I am a serious convert back since Marvel Now, and the “Battle of the Atom” storyline has been really pulling me in. So, given a preview look at Uncanny X-Men #13, I am all too eager to share it.

Sadly, there isn’t a lot to the preview – just two covers and one interior page without dialogue. But the teaser (which follows) is pretty cool. So, check them out below!

BATTLE OF THE ATOM CONTINUES IN YOUR FIRST LOOK AT UNCANNY X-MEN 13!
This October, the X-Men event of the year heats up as Battle of the Atom rages on in Uncanny X-Men #13! Wolverine is down and bleeding out with no healing factor and the Jean Grey School is under attack from mysterious foes! Is that a Phoenix Quentin Quire and who is the blue man on the cover?! From blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis and critically acclaimed artist Chris Bachalo, comes the next can’t miss chapter of the X-Men event of the year!

UNCANNY X-MEN #13
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo
Cover by Ed McGuinness
Variant Cover by Chris Bachalo

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Are We…? Are You… Inhuman?

by Aaron Einhorn
So, for the past few days, Marvel has been teasing us with the following teaser images.

Is he…? Are they…? Is she…? Are We…?
IsHe__ AreThey_ IsShe__ Are We_

Now, finally, they all make sense as they lead up to the final question…

Are you Inhuman?
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And here’s the first teaser or possibly cover image for Marvel’s Inhumanity.

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Considering the major role the Inhumans are playing in Infinity, I should have seen this one coming. Expect something bad to happen to the Blue Area of the Moon by the end of Infinity

We’ll learn more on September 18th.

DC Shows Poor Judgment With Their “Break Into Comics With Harley Quinn” Contest

580-HarleyQuinn1_rceimv4twg_by Aaron Einhorn
I have, personally, more or less written DC Comics completely off. It is clear to me from the tone of their comics, the choices made by their editorial boards, and the direction of their films and television shows, that they no longer are attempting to appeal to my cross-section of the fan base.

Marvel is quickly pulling me back in, even as DC is actively pushing me away. And that’s just the way it is. Fine, I can live with that.

But that doesn’t mean I can turn a blind eye to stupid decisions made by DC Comics/Warner Brothers. We’re not even a full day away from the debacle involving the decisions around Batwoman, which are actively pushing away the creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman. And now, in the form of something that should actively be exciting to fans, DC is once again showing us that they Just. Don’t. Get. It.

I am referring to their “Break Into Comics With Harley Quin” contest, details of which can be found here.

On the surface, this seems awesome. A chance to submit four panels of art to DC, to be judged by their co-Publishers, to be used in a page of Harley Quinn #0, a book which will be handled by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.

But I ask you to look at the content of the panels. Don’t feel like following the link? Ok, fine. I’ll recap it for you.

Read the following script page and give us your original artistic interpretation of what those four panels should look like on a single page:

PAGE 15
4 panels
PANEL 1
Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.

PANEL 2
Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.

PANEL 3
Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale’s mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

Consider the tone here. We’re looking at the potential suicide of one of the most prominent female characters at DC Comics today. And it’s being played for laughs. Now, sure, the Joker and Harley do, in fact, play life up for laughs. But the audience should be in on the real joke – that what they do isn’t funny. It’s sad, pathetic and scary. The Joker and Harley aren’t strong because of their psychosis, they’re weak, broken individuals.

I haven’t read a whole lot of the New 52 version, but the original relationship between the Joker and Harley was outright abusive, and should serve as a warning to young women. So, if we’re going to see Harley contemplating suicide, this shouldn’t be a happy, madcap adventure of Harley trying to off herself in the most over-the-top way possible. This should be a counterpoint – the moment where Harley realizes that she is the butt of the joke, not the comedienne.

To top it all off? The final panel specifies that she should be naked. Obviously, for a “family friendly” comic, you’re going to have to position objects in the room, soap bubbles, etc. to cover the bits of the body that would get you an “R” rating, but we should also know that the eventual winner is almost certainly going to reveal as much cleavage and butt cheek as possible. And this from a company that is currently making headlines because it won’t allow its highest-profile LGBT character to marry her fiancé. Whether Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are actually misogynists themselves is beside the point – this creates the perception that they are, and ultimately that matters a whole lot more.

On his Facebook page Jimmy Palmiotti explains that it is out of context, and others have said that it specifies nudity to reinforce the idea that she should not be in costume – but then, it could have said that, couldn’t it?

To top it off? The terrible timing here gets worse when you consider that September (when this contest was posted) is Suicide Prevention Month.

I’m not the biggest fan of Harley. I’ve long considered an object lesson – an example of what not to do, instead of a role model, which is what she is often seen as by many young women I know. But even so, this seems cheap and exploitative.

Of course, my opinion means little. I was never going to buy Harley Quinn #0, so it isn’t like DC has suddenly lost my money. But it still makes me very sad to see that the company who once brought me characters that inspired me has fallen so low.

Is she?

by Aaron Einhorn
If you checked out my post about this campaign from yesterday, then you’ve already seen that the first two parts of this campaign began with “Is He…” and “Are they…”

Now, Marvel has given us another cryptic teaser.

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It’s worth noting that in their press e-mail, they also included the phrase “It could be anyone. Find out who, September 18th!”

For those of you thinking it could be Skrulls? Well, here’s a little more ammo.

New Trailer Arrives for Robocop Remake

by Aaron Einhorn
So, I figure I ought to leave this here where you all can see it.

Not sure what I think. Amazingly, it doesn’t look like a festering pile of excrement, which is about all I expected from it, but it still seems to lack the charm of the original (although I do like that we see the original design, briefly, on-screen).

I guess we’ll find out more when Robocop hits theatres on February 7, 2014.

Is He? Are They?

by Aaron Einhorn
Marvel is no stranger to weird little teasers. Right before the launch of the Heroic Age, there were a whole series of “I Am An Avenger” posts giving us silhouettes of the upcoming members of each Avengers team.

But their latest teasers, setting us up for a post-Infinity setting, have taken the cryptic to a new level.

IsHe__
AreThey_
Is he… what?!?!

Are they… what?!?!

According to Marvel, we’ll find out more on September 18th. And, ok, sure, I’m intrigued. But I’m more irritated. These are so vague, they’re right on the level of that annoying red-headed girl in second grade who would announce to the entire school during recess that “I’ve got a secret!”

Or maybe that’s just me.

J.H. Williams III to Leave Batwoman

batwoman1_c01by Aaron Einhorn
Since the reintroduction of Kate Kane into the DC Universe back in 2010, she has been one of my favorite members of the Bat-family. She debuted in 52 #7, and then took over the flagship Batman-title, Detective Comics starting with #854 and running through the events of the Battle for the Cowl.

After she left Detective Comics, Batwoman ended up in several miniseries which focused on her and her girlfriend, Rene Montoya (The Question), and even survived as one of the flagship titles in The New 52, making her easily the most high-profile LGBT character in DC Comics, and possibly in all comics currently published by the Big Two.

And for almost all of that time, she has been carefully shepherded by J.H. Williams III, along with such notable collaborators as Greg Rucka, W. Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder. And she’s been handled masterfully.

To begin with, Williams’ art is among the finest in comics today. I will freely admit that while I read a lot of comics, I’m not actually a fan of the medium. I would far prefer to read more superhero novels than to read more comics. I like superheroes, not comics – comics are simply the easiest way for me to get my fix. So, I will rarely read a comic I don’t enjoy just because the art is good. Bad art can keep me away from a book with a good story, but good art won’t bring me to a book whose story I can’t get into.

(Which, yes, is the reason I never really bought in to the early Image Comics revolution.)

Williams’ art on the other hand, is that good. I would have bought Elegy even with not enjoying the story, because the art is so beautifully done. Fortunately, I didn’t have to.

It would have been easy to make Batwoman derivative, or simply a stereotype. Rucka, Williams, Blackman and Reeder have not done that. They have given her a good set of motivations, distinct from those of Batman and his Bat-family. They have elaborated on her backstory and supporting cast, even when the insanity of the New 52 reboot took away Rene’s secret identity and totally borked Flamebird’s history. The series has even taken us to the point where Kate has proposed to Maggie Sawyer (as of Issue #17). They’ve given her a unique and intriguing Rogue’s gallery (Alice is every bit as fascinating as the Joker at his best), and all in all, they have made Batwoman an awesome and incredible character.

Now, I’m not a fan of the New 52. Before the New 52, I read about 25 DC Comics titles a month. When they announced the New 52, I gave well over half of the titles of the New 52 a try, and I am now done to reading six titles.
Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Earth-2, World’s Finest and Batwoman.

I’ve been ready to drop the three Green Lantern titles ever since Geoff Johns left the Lantern family, and I think once they finish the “Light’s Out” storyline, I’m going to be done. Similarly, when James Robinson left Earth-2, that threw up warning signs for me, and while I haven’t dropped the book yet, I think it may be happening soon.

But Batwoman? I was still in love with Batwoman.

And then this and this happened on J.H. Williams III’s and W. Haden Blackman’s blogs.

For those of you who don’t feel like following the link, the important snipped of their statement is as follows:

In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.

We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.

This is the cover to Batwoman #25, so, not quite the final issue.

This is the cover to Batwoman #25, so, not quite the final issue.

To put it mildly, I am extremely saddened by this news. Saddened, but not disappointed. DC’s editorial board has been consistently inconsistent over the past few years, and this has shown in the pages of every single comic, in the interviews and online activity of the creators and in the plans for films and television shows based on their creations.

I’m kind of heartbroken here. I love the DC Comics characters. My first superhero costume was Superman and my third was Batman and I’ve now added Superman Blue (yes, from the crazy nineties storyline) to my line-up. I own a Green Lantern sterling silver ring, and all of the promo rings. And Justice League Unlimited remains one of my all-time favorite cartoons.

But each and every move from the New 52 has served to remind me that these are no longer the characters I knew and loved. As of Batwoman #27, I will be dropping the title – and I think I’ll finally be dropping the Lantern family books as well.

I understand that DC is trying to revitalize and excite readers about their characters, and I sincerely wish them success in that, but I cannot help but feel that they no longer care about the interest of fans like me. Meanwhile, Marvel is taking just as many creative chances, and giving me characters and stories I enjoy reading, and really enjoy seeing on film.

Regardless, I would like to thank Williams, Blackman, Reeder, Rucka and all the others who have given the new version of Kate Kane life. DC Comics may own the rights to the character, but you fine people have the rights to her soul.