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Recent Moves at DC Comics Attract Eyes and Ire

Comic Booked 03/14/2012 Reviews

What began as a fun weekend tidbit has snowballed into a full story as recent moves at DC Comics have continued to bring notice and in some cases notoriety to the recently revamped publisher.

The shine has yet to dim on DC’s re-booted New 52 line-up, but the enticements to read keep on coming.  One way DC has continued to draw interest and excitement has been to feature guest artists.  It was recently announced that Trevor McCarthy would take over on a three issue stint of Batwoman (issues nine though eleven), and Ed Benes would do the same for Detective Comics (issues ten through twelve).  Benes first charmed his way into the comic book world with some stunning pin-up style art, and launched it into a very successful career which has most recently seen him working on the New 52 Red Lanterns series.  McCarthy is no stranger either, having recently returned for an issue of the book that made him famous, none other than former Bat-protégé Nightwing.

Amy Reeder Batwoman ArtistSo far it all sounds like good clean fun, no creative teams are really changing, just featuring some guest pencils to spice things up.  Now here is where it gets complicated – this all came as news to current Batwoman artist Amy Reeder.  Reeder’s art has been a much anticipated aspect of this series, but as the days went by it came out that her short lived but much lauded time on Batwoman would be over.

The typical responses such as “creative differences” have been cited for the split, but the timing suggests more than meets the eye.  The fan in me is actually happy that neither side’s dirty laundry is being hung out to dry, but the journalist in me can’t help but wonder exactly what happened here.  The implications are not very sunny, and have drawn the ire of many fans of the book and Reeder’s work.  If DC Comics and Reeder don’t come to a new agreement, and her time with the company is done in total, it doesn’t bode well for last year’s pledge to support women in comics.

Reeder has offered up her thoughts in a very professional blog post, and as we wait to see what happens we will still have some more of her work to enjoy in issues seven and eight of Batwoman.  Unless further information leads us to feel otherwise, let’s wish nothing but the best for all involved!

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  1. James Victor Von Hal 03/14/2012 at 6:50 pm

    I've noticed a few changes to some of the books line ups, but this doesn't sit well. I haven't read Batwoman yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about it.

  2. Anthony 03/16/2012 at 7:06 pm

    Clearly, I am no fan of the DC new 52. i always preferred the real heroes instead of having a bunch of character imitating to be the DC characters and white washing everything of what the characters are about and turning DC into something it isn't.

    Some say some can be good.

    but in this case, some changes and mess everything up.

  3. wayne 03/20/2012 at 8:39 am

    i started off buying everysingle nDCu title as of this writing i have cancelled everysingle one this has to be the biggest cockup DC has EVER done

    I've even told my local store not to put any DC title into my pick ups until DC correct this complete and utter rubbish

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