To say that Batwoman has had a hard time getting off the ground as an ongoing series would be an understatement. And it looks like she’s just hit another bump in the road.
Bleeding Cool (via Robot 6) is reporting that DC has pushed back the release of Batwoman #1 from February to April. Previously, the series had been slated to start in July of last year, before getting delayed to 2011. A Batwoman one-shot was released in November as preview for the new series.
The all new Batwoman first appeared in 2006 during the yearlong 52 comic book series and re-envisioned Kate Kane as a socialite and a very openly lesbian woman. Kate Kane’s in-costume debut brought DC an onslaught of media attention and an ongoing "Batwoman" series was long rumored as a follow up project.
Batwoman finally got her starring turn in Detective Comics in February 2009, with a critically acclaimed story arc by Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams III. Despite Rucka’s stated intent to continue on with the character in a Batwoman solo series, he abruptly left DC behind with little explanation for his sudden exit from the company.
In Rucca’s place, Williams will now write the Batwoman series with co-writer W. Haden Blackman and co-artist Amy Reeder.
The current delay comes as a surprise because DC posted a preview of the issue only two weeks ago, which suggests that the decision to hold it back was made more recently.