Ben Oliver leaves Batwing, Marcus To takes over

Batwing #9 cover by Marcus To

DC Comics’ official blog The Source is reporting that Marcus To will be taking over penciling duties on Batwing as of issue #9. This is bittersweet news since Ben Oliver was a fan favorite and arguably Batwing’s greatest attraction, yet Marcus To is also a beloved artist who will surely do the book justice and is worth getting excited over. Ben Oliver brought a very unique look to Batwing that set it apart from the other Bat-titles. His style was one of lifelike detail with great attention spent on the characters. The backgrounds (or complete lack of backgrounds) on the other hand were met with a lot of criticism from much of the fan community, including myself, for not fully realizing the distinct atmosphere this story has to offer. Still, I never wanted to lose Oliver, I just wanted a bit more emphasis on setting.

This news comes as a bit of a surprise and is kind of depressing, but at the same time I’m confident that Marcus To can fill Oliver’s shoes.

What are your thoughts? Would you prefer Oliver or To?

SOURCE: DC Comics

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