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IGN Comics: I figure you've probably covered this a lot in your earlier interviews, but maybe now that you've had some time to dig into the series you have a better idea. How would you describe the process of collaborating with Hayden Blackman? What sort of challenges or benefits does that arrangement bring to the table?
J.H. William III: Basically what's good about it is that you have two sets of eyes and two minds on solving story problems and trying to come up with interesting situations and interesting dialogue instead of just relying on yourself. As a matter of fact, in some ways it makes things get done faster, too. If there's something that's not necessarily coming together, you have a partner you can pose questions to. So things can get done pretty quickly. I really like working like that.
IGN Comics: As far as your plans or just your general conception of the series, how much has that changed since bringing Hayden on board?
Williams: Hayden was on board from the beginning of creating the direction for the series. He's been there from the outset, as soon as it was decided for me to sort of take over things.
IGN Comics: You guys are starting the book off with a #0 issue next month. How does that issue play into the main series, and how representative is it of what readers can expect from Batwoman in general?
Williams: What's interesting about issue #0 is that it's not really going to be a direct lead-in to the series or be a full representation of what people can expect from the series, because we had actually already started at writing and drawing issue #1 before issue #0 was decided to be done. And at first Hayden and I had some reservations about doing an issue #0 because we had already put a lot of effort into issue #1 being the starting point for the series. We were pretty reluctant about the whole thing and were afraid that we couldn't come up with something that had as much punch as the first issue would have. It was kind of a tricky balance to find a way to do something interesting that didn't dissolve the intensity of the first issue, but yet was strong enough that it could be its own thing as well.
The #0 issue is more like a little bridge of what came before and what is coming up next. It's pretty much a standalone tale in a lot of ways, but it has connecting threads to what came before and what's going to be coming up. But at the same time, it's pretty autonomous as well. So I think it works as an interesting little primer for the series, even though it's not direct plot points – except for one little element – that will carry through into the series.
IGN Comics: I imagine a lot of Batman books over the next few months are going to be focusing on how the various members of the Bat family are impacted by the return of Bruce Wayne. How would you say Kate is affected by the news, if at all?
Williams: It's definitely going to play a role in our series, but at the same time, we don't want to lose the voice of the series. I think each of the Bat titles probably has a struggle ahead of them as far as that same mentality and in regards to what they're doing. Each book needs to be autonomous, but also reflect the bigger events going on. That's how it's going to affect our series, really. We're doing our thing. The things that Kate Kane has to face are relatively separate from the bigger picture of things going on with Batman, but at the same time, what's going on with Batman sort of encroaches on Kate's life in interesting ways. Because of those events, we'll see her have to make some interesting choices about her position in Gotham City.
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