By Todd Allen
“Speak of the Devil and he shall appear.” On Wednesday, we were discussing how books were shipping on time, but there were a lot of fill-in artists. Now it’s Friday and DC has announced two more “Guest Artists.”
First up is Ed Benes, who probably doesn’t need introducing at this point, will be drawing Detective Comics 10-12. Normal writer/artist Tony Daniel will still be writing it and will return to pick up the drawing pencil with issue 13. Detective has surprised a lot of people with it’s success and the steady stream of extra printings for #1, so any change to the formula is a concern, but Daniel was already drawing a Batbook before the new 52 and getting him a little breathing room to get ahead probably isn’t the worst idea in the world.
Second up, Trevor McCarthy (probably best known for last year’s Gates of Gotham series) will be stepping in for Amy Reeder on Batwoman 9-11. The PR doesn’t actually mention Reeder’s status on the title. Not coincidentally, the following appears on Reeder’s Facebook page:
I know, I know. You found out about it pretty much as soon as it went final, too. It’s definitely regrettable…some real creative differences were going on, to the point that it became untenable.
“As soon as it went final” seems to be right. Reeder is still listed as artist for Batwoman #9 on DC’s own website.
It remains to be seen if Reeder is permanently out of the Batwoman rotation and if McCarthy is the regular replacement. Batwoman has been a very art-driven book, and fans have seemed a bit picky on who’s alternating art chores with J.H. Williams III, so the reaction to this move will be interesting to watch.
Still, as was talked about on Wednesday, if the emphasis is on getting the comics out on time, there’s going to be more fill-in artists on the way. And creative differences will happen once in a while, too.
DC Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras has his own spin on the situation:
“We’re excited to be getting such great talent to step in on these books,” said Bob Harras, DC Entertainment’s Editor-in-Chief. “The work on both titles thus far has been exemplary. Tony Daniel has been going non-stop since the launch of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, and Amy Reeder’s contribution to BATWOMAN has been a beautiful transition from J.H.’s first story arc. Both Trevor and Ed are going to have to bring their A-game to maintain those standards.”
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.