Long over due, here is a bit of a recap/review of the New 52′s relaunch of the Batwoman series. I know I said the new Batman is good, but this is even better! Mostly because she’s a lesbian who kicks people in the face….and the art is magnificent.
Like the other DC 52 titles, this series was rebooted back in September 2011, so if you’re new to the series, you’re not that far behind. Currently on issue #16, Batwoman follows the adventures and twisted fate of Kate Kane. Kane’s back story involves her disrupted childhood, her twin sister who went missing, and her time at West Point, specifically when she gets the boot under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Bitch ain’t about to get on no dicks.
Prior to the #1 issue is the mini series Elegy, written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by J.H. Williams III, Elegy sees Batwoman taking on a cray cray villaness named Alice. Yes it’s referencing Alice and Wonderland, but it’s actually good, it’s only a mild reference. This story provides a great intro to the Kate Kane world, catching the reader up on her story and thrusting you forward into her future.
The art is just beyond anything else out there right now, I don’t know who else paints and illustrates as well as Williams. Even further down the road in the regular series, the amazingness continues. Examples of his work like this, really show off the great design and panel work in the series. I try to read this comic book slow, especially since some of the images are so dense with art. The covers are also quite fantastic:
The series then picks up with #1 where Batwoman is on the hunt for a bunch of kids throughout the city that have gone missing. Its a whole mystery type of deal, with some occult stuff thrown in the mix, the story is still ongoing up to the current issues, a bit long in my opinion, but it’s still good. Plus Wonder Woman shows up later…so there is that. And there’s a ton of lesbians through the book as well, her girlfriend, the agent from the DEO(who looks like Scully from the X-files), another other such womyns. To be honest, it’s a seafood parade. So that’s all I’ll say about the comic, I hate giving anything away about the plot, but this book is a definite READ NOW!