|My illustration for The Line It Is Drawn featuring Batwoman and The Question.|
Publisher Dan DiDio responded to this emphasizing his full commitment to making Batwoman work and expressing his vision of the characters comprising the Bat family living consistently shitty lives. This vision prompted the change and led to the hiring of Marc Andreyko to replace Williams and Blackman in issue 25 onwards.
So just like you, here I sit, torn on what to do next. Should I continue supporting the title or bail out as soon as Williams and Blackman do?
Before I jump into this, for the interest of full disclosure, I confess that I'm against the idea of marriage for anyone in real life, but I don't exist to force my ideas, beliefs, and practices upon others' lives nor do I think it should be law. Marriage could be great and ideal for the substantial benefits, affirming/confirming soulmate status, and such. From my experiences and observations, though, it seems to be more trouble than it's worth. But never say never! Who knows? Maybe I'll miraculously end up with a ring on it, and, this time, on an actual finger. An entry for perhaps another time! Anyway, although I personally prefer for no one to be married, I can't stress enough the significance of having Kate and Maggie making the leap together. It's a powerful and timely statement to make and also the organic trajectory they've led up to. It just feels right and natural. Anything else that results would feel heavy-handed, save for Maggie's death and how dare all of you making me entertain such a thought knock on wood!
Maybe I should just move onwards to the inner turmoil...
On one hand, I don't want Batwoman to fail. Admittedly, I understand DiDio's vision of having the Bat family of characters leading lives of adversity in and out of their masks. I also like Marc Andreyko, who's known to write female protagonists remarkably well as his acclaimed Manhunter run proved. (Yikes, I miss Kate Spencer.)
On the other, I don't get why DiDio and co. persist to make changes at the very last minute. All these rampant problems between creators and editors surely could be avoided if they stick with plans already agreed upon months—even years(?)—in advance. Truly a perplexing practice.
Secondly, although I agree that members of the Bat family should lead trying lives, at least a few scenarios exist that could still make Kate Kane's married life compelling and unique to follow. Why can't Kate be married and still have an overall shitty life? Why can't she have one glimmer of hope and love just as Bruce Wayne has Alfred and sometimes a Robin? One light amidst the overpowering darkness?
Or even if being married is too much happiness for a Bat character, why not allow Kate this anyway? She already stands apart from the rest of the characters in the Bat (or, let alone, any) universe, which is a relief since there's no way anyone can accuse her of being a replica of another Bat character with just one or two differences, an issue I have with most of the Bat family.
Or what if Kate married Maggie and their missions led them to, at different times, work together, race against each other, or flat-out work against each other? Yet no matter the situation and outcome, they still agree to love each other through thick and thin in their personal lives. The secrets, deceptions, sacrifices, drama, tension, strain, and resolutions to such problems serve as ingredients to stories I would love and kill to read. (Kill a bug, maybe... a spider, definitely.)
Marriage doesn't always result in an ideal "happily ever after" scenario. We can readily cite real life as a testament to this. But in a way other comic book readers readily understand: pick up Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga and experience for yourself how following the adventures of fictional married characters could be hella fun. An understatement, I assure you.
Finally, I find DiDio pulling Williams and Blackman off Batwoman two issues earlier in response to their joint statement disturbing, infuriating, and disrespectful to the writers and the fans, who want a semblance of closure. If anything, that's what I'm left with at this point.
So, what do you plan to do?