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Product Details

  • Series: Batwoman
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234652
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Truly a work of art.” – USA Today

“The most satisfying read of the new DC 52.” – The New York Times

“Visually stunning.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Absolutely enjoyable. . . Batwoman has the bragging rights of the best all around artistic team on any of DC's New 52. From Williams to Dave Stewart on colors and Todd Klein on letters, these guys are as pro as it gets and it shows. a tour de force of superheroics, mystery, and sheer artistic glory" – IGN, 9.0 rating

“Put away your misconceptions about female heroines and pick up this book.” – Complex Magazine

“Make no mistake about it, the plots handled by Blackman and Williams are fantastic, but it’s Williams' art that's the real highlight here…these pages could be hung up in a museum.” – Complex Magazine

“Gorgeous, stylized and unique…the story's pretty much non-stop.” – Publishers Weekly

“The bottom line: it is an excellent book.” – PopMatters

“There is action, detective work, personal conflict born of both romance and animosity, and internal discord rooted in hubris, innocence, and wrath. In short, this series has the makings of an all-time classic.” – IGN

“J.H. Williams’ art is still just as stunning as it ever was. Highly recommend for Bat-fans.” – Ain’t It Cool News

 “The kind of evocative writing that could open a great horror movie or novel. And the art is painterly and gorgeous.” – Time Out Chicago

“This is graphic storytelling unlike any other book on the stands right now…every new page is another rousing success. Seriously rousing: I want to cheer when I read this book, it’s so good.” The Onion AV Club

“It's an astounding usage of the comics medium.” – Comic Book Resources

“Williams and co-writer W. Haden Blackman show exactly how one relaunches a title for new and old readers…Simply put, BATWOMAN is the superhero comic, perfected.” – Newsarama

About the Author

J.H. Williams entered the comics field in 1991 and immediately began getting attention for his finely crafted work on such titles as Batman, Starman and Seven Soldiers of Victory. William's went on to co-create and pencil the hit series Promethea with comics legend Alan Moore. His recent works include Batman: The Black Glove with Grant Morrison and Batman: Detective with Paul Dini.

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Customer Reviews

I love the artwork of J.H. Williams III.
N. Durham
If one thing is certain, its that there is a lot to like about this comic.
Johnny Blaze
It was a very well written and the art work is great.
Justin Layden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Batwoman is Kate Kane, the wealthy daughter of a retired army general, discharged from West Point Military Academy because of her homosexuality under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and turned to a life of vigilantism after the untimely deaths of her mother and sister.

Artist JH Williams III turns his hand to writing with co-author W Haden Blackman and the results are pretty good. The book opens with an interesting introduction to Batwoman through the eyes of Batman before introducing the book's villains and plot. And here's where the book for me falls down.

Like the last Batwoman book I read, "Elegy", she is still chasing after a criminal organisation called the Religion of Crime and thrown into this mix are the were-animals where human and animal DNA are fused to create some strange looking creatures. New for this story arc is the main villain, a female murderer ghost avenging the deaths of her drowned kids and a talking skeleton called, imaginatively, Mr Bones.

The problem I have with Batwoman is not the extensive macabre and supernatural elements that go into her story but the lack of a strong nemesis. She doesn't have a Joker and the dull villains she fights aren't that well-constructed making for a weaker story overall. I mean, ghosts and talking skeletons - what is this, Scooby Doo?

As with other "New 52" titles, I take issue with DC claiming they have rebooted the franchise. It doesn't really introduce the character to a new audience so much as it assumes the reader has prior knowledge and goes from there. This book is best read after reading "Batwoman: Elegy" which explains her current relationship with her father in "Hydrology" as well as who the doll-like girl haunting her is. In fact, "Hydrology" could well be "Elegy"'s sequel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Slim Cat on June 21, 2012
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This volume collects issues 0-5 and to clear up any confusion, due to different solicits, is NOT a deluxe hardcover but a standard hardcover. Sadly.

Batwoman issue 0 is a hold over from the old DCU. The dead give away is Batman's emblem, the yellow background with bat on top that Grant Morrison made the trademark for old DCU Batman Inc. It is Batman/Bruce Wayne scouting Batwoman/Kate Kane to figure out if the identity matches and if she is worthy to be one of Gotham's protectors. Almost a precursor to Greg Rucka's written and J. H. Williams drawn Batwoman: Elegy. A fanatic read and highly recommended before going into this story.

Issues 1-5 is the Hydrology arc and the intro of Batwoman into the new 52, but it picks up right where the above mentioned "Elegy" storyline finished. New readers do not fear, as all needed information is given. This is still a relatively new franchise. Kate is still at ends with her father and the tragedy that befell her sister. But a crimefighter has little time to rest in Gotham City as a watery ghost called "The Weeping Woman" is drowning children and leaving the authorities clueless. Kate also has her over eager yet not psychology ready cousin, Bette Kane, a.k.a. Flamebird, itching to go as her sidekick. Kate also has romance woes with Detective Maggie Sawyer of the G.C.P.D. And has gotten the interest of a supernatural division of the D.E.O. from an Agent Chase and Director Bones (it's a fitting name).

Let me talk about the art first as it's just too exciting. J. H. Williams III works magic on the page. His stylish and intricate layouts. His gorgeous styles.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on July 28, 2012
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Starting off, I'm a fan of Wonder Woman and have been reading that Batwoman was coming around with a new twist so I decided to give the comic a read. I have not been disappointed with the decision! I love the revamp of Batwoman. She's has so much character to her now that was never expressed before. The character that is portrayed is tough and vulnerable. I love the artwork; it was stunning to look at. The artwork pops and is new and refreshing looking for a style of comic book. I can't wait for the rest of her story to continue. It was an awesome read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Ann Lewis VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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I've never been a big fan of Batwoman. She has always seemed a little flat and underdeveloped to me. So when the chance came around to give this re-boot a try, I decided to give it a go. Boy and I glad I did. This version of Batwoman is much more compelling to me. She has more warmth, more depth, and seems much more like a real person than previous incarnations. I work on the US border with Mexico, so I was familiar with the story of La Llorana as it is often told down here as a cautionary tale to keep children from wandering too far from home. The story worked on so many levels because certain elements of the stories of La Llorana echo in the life of Kate Kane.

The artwork is gorgeous and the collection is worth it for the art alone. Add to that art an excellent story with a well-developed character and you have a hit. Highly recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Lee on July 13, 2012
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The heart in the storyline caught me by surprise. The characters were so real in their emotions that I was moved at every turn and didn't want the book to end. Loved the complicated relationships Kate Kane has, especially with herself. I don't usually like when a different writer takes over one of my favorite titles, but this New 52 Batwoman team faithfully live up to the character and story started by Greg Rucka, while putting their own outstanding stamp on it. Can't wait for the next volume to be released.
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