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.
So 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!