If the past is prologue, then somebody needs to light a candle for Batwoman already.
In January, Batwoman was pushed back to April just as it was supposedly weeks away from shipping to comic stores. And now once again, Batwoman has fallen into the same trap.
DC has notified comic retailers that orders for the first two issues of Batwoman have been canceled, with the series scheduled to be resolicited at a later time. Comics on The Green confirmed the news (via Robot Six).
Over at Bleeding Cool [http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/10/where-in-the-world-is-batwoman/], Batwoman #1 is rumored to now be launching in the fall, almost a full year after it was originally expected. The Bleeding Cool report also notes that several Batman related comics have been having deadline issues lately, including Batman Inc., The Dark Knight and Batman Europa.
Batwoman now has a long history of delays. After the new Kate Kane Batwoman debuted in 2006 within the pages of 52, DC received a massive amount of media coverage for featuring a superheroine who was openly a lesbian. At the time, the publisher seemed to indicate that a Batwoman solo series was forthcoming. But nothing materialized for nearly three years.
In 2009, Batwoman finally got her chance to shine in Detective Comics, with an acclaimed run by Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams III. Rucka and Williams were expected to reteam for the eventual ongoing series, but Rucka abruptly left DC and the character behind.
Because of Rucca’s departure, Williams assumed the Batwoman writing duties with co-writer W. Haden Blackman and took on a co-artist, Amy Reeder.
The devoted following of Batwoman’s adventures in Detective Comics proved that this character has an audience. She just needs a book!
At the moment, it’s currently unclear when Batwoman will return or what caused the latest delay.