JUDD WINICK Exits BATWING
"It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I’ll be leaving the DC monthly Batwing," Winick told Newsarama in a prepared statement. "I’ve had a terrific time on the title and have loved crafting this adventure with some phenomenal people. Artists Ben Oliver, Marcus To, and Brain Reber have made these stories come to life. I will miss telling the tales of David Zavimbe, the Batman of Africa in many ways, but I’m proud of the work we’ve done.
"My departure is simply a time issue," he said. "I’m pursing a few other projects that make it impossible for me continue doing a monthly book."
The long-time DC scribe told Newsarama in July that he is writing and drawing an all-ages graphic novel.
Winick could not confirm what his last issue would be, even though DC has already solicited him as writer on the title through November's issue #14.
The writer's announcement comes on the heels of a similar sudden departure earlier this week by Rob Liefeld, who revealed details of editorial problems that prompted him to leave his multiple DC titles. Although he was solicited through issue #14, he stated his last issues would be September's #0 comics.
Winick, who launched both Batwing and Catwoman for DC's "New 52" reboot last year, also left Catwoman earlier this year.
Although Winick has been best known recently for his work-for-hire writing on titles like Batman and Justice League: Generation Lost, he launched his career as a cartoonist and also created the children's animated series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, which ran on Cartoon Network for three seasons in 2005 through 2007.
Winick's launch of the Batwing title last year was a noteworthy part of the DC reboot because it gave an African hero a solo title. The title tied into the Batman event "Night of the Owls" in May and had an artist change earlier this year.
DC has not yet announced who will be taking over Batwing after Winick's departure from the title.
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