We wondered how long they could keep this up.
Batwoman was planned so long before the New 52 came about that artist and co-writer J.H. Williams III had a great amount of lead time, and he used it to full advantage, making hands-down the most beautiful book in all of the DCnU. Imaginative layouts, striking images and beautifully rendered scenes. Still, Williams only handled the art for the first five issues. With Batwoman #6, Amy Reeder came on board, and thankfully, there was no significant drop in the quality of artwork on the book.
Today, however, DC announced that Trevor McCarthy will be filling in for issues 9-12, meaning that Reeder is off the book. Judging by McCarthy's previous work, Batwoman fans shouldn't be too afraid that the series will drop off art-wise, as it looks as though fantastic layouts and visuals will remain the series norm, and Williams will return to the art chores with #12. However, it's sad that Reeder had to leave so soon – especially given her reported comments that “It’s definitely regrettable…some real creative differences were going on, to the point that it became untenable.”
Sad to see it happen, and let's hope this isn't a sign of troubles down the road for Batwoman. It's too good to lose, but the bar is so damn high for the quality of this book that the pressure might be too much to bear.
So here's an unpublished Amy Reeder variant cover for Batwoman #4. Reflecting our mood.