Dark Knight makes room for the ladiesWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Batman seems to be faring better than some of his comic compatriots in the upcoming relaunch of DC Comics’ entire line of publications. Perhaps the only true sad note comes with the announcement that Scottish-born writer Grant Morrison, who has taken the Dark Knight to new heights in the past five years, will be flitting to other DC projects.
Ed Katschke, comics guru of Monarch Cards and Comics and avowed Morrison fanboy, wasn’t too thrilled by the news.
“One of the few trepidations I initially had concerning the upcoming DC relaunch was the disposition of the Batman family of titles,” he said. “Grant Morrison has been the driving creative force behind Batman since 2006’s ‘Batman & Son’ storyline and I didn’t want to see all of the effort he had put into the character arbitrarily wiped away because the rest of the DC line wasn’t faring as well. Thankfully, Morrison’s take on Batman is, by all accounts, remaining mostly intact and while he’s not set to write any Bat-related titles we have the sweet promise of the return of his recent hit, ‘Batman Incorporated,’ to look forward to in 2012.”
Katschke also applauds the news of the prominent place the ladies in Batman’s life will hold in the new DC universe. “The two Bat-related titles that I am most looking forward to are ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Batwoman’,” he said. “Batgirl has always been one of my favorite characters, whether as the crime-fighting Dominoed Dare-doll or as the information/computer guru to the super-heroes known as Oracle. I’m excited to see how noted Barbara Gordon writer Gail Simone not only gets Babs back on her feet — she’s been in a wheelchair for years following an unfortunate altercation with The Joker — but how she will fit in with this daring new continuity and the villains she’ll be facing.
“Batwoman is one of the best new/revamped characters to come out of DC during the last couple of years. She’s a fascinating and multifaceted addition to the Batman family. I’ve been champing at the bit to find out more about her and her supporting cast, and finally seeing the debut of her solo series after months of delays is exciting indeed. Of course, the fact that it is writer-artist J.H. Williams III bringing his amazingly distinctive illustrative style to the character makes the wait even harder to bear.”