Looks like the New 52 books are about to enter into a little bit of creative flux again. DC announced today that Trevor McCarthy is going to take over the art on Batwoman for three issues, with Ed Benes filling in on Detective Comics for four months while Tony Daniels takes a break, presumably meaning that Benes is taking his own break from Red Lanterns, which he’s been happily illustrating since the first issue. The addition of McCarthy to Batwoman expands that title’s artistic rotation past the announced pairing of JH Williams III and Amy Reeder, potentially risking readers who have already been complaining about Williams’ absence after just one issue (He’s now due back on the book with #12), although McCarthy’s style is likely to merge well with Reeder’s, if not with Williams.
Amusingly, DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras’ quote in the blogpost makes him sound unconvinced that the two guest artists will be able to match up to the artists they’re replacing, saying that “Both Trevor and Ed are going to have to bring their A-game to maintain those standards.”
Update: On her Facebook page, current Batwoman artist Amy Reeder reveals that the change is fairly recent:
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.
Developing, as the saying goes.