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Batwoman #1(2011) The New 52!. 1st Printing (Batwoman (2011) The New 52!., #1) Comics – 2011
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At last! Batwoman's new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman! In 'Hydrology,' part 1 of 5, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City's underworld - and new trials in her life as Kate Kane. Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her?
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The story starts with a mysterious, ghost-like thing that captures children - they call her La Llorona, "the weeping woman." Not much is known of her, except when we get to the centerfold of the comic and find a thirteen year old (see the hand) dead and another missing.
While the detective scene is going on in the investigation of this weirdness, the writers add a few more tidbits: Batwoman, Kate Kane that is, has daddy issues and we see flashbacks from Batwoman Elegy, a fine graphic novel, by the way.
We also get to know Kate's lover. There is one scene where one of the characters is partially nude, but she's merely putting on her uniform - tastefully done.
Another point of plot is the investigation of Batwoman and Gotham by an Agent Chase, a professional spy and a woman, who is being run by a creepy guy in a skull mask and want to know about an organization called Medusa. Wow, what's that all about??
Story & Art:
Unusual panels in many of these pages makes for some interesting reading. The pictures flow across the page or across the whole centerfold, making for some action scenes interspersed with discussions between Flamebird, Batwoman and her dad.
There are however too many topics thrown at the reader at once, and I think a bit of editing would have helped build a stronger case for Issue 2. However, when Batman comes on the scene in the last panel, I get extremely curious!
Bottom Line: Good start to an interesting character. She's lesbian, she's a fighter and about to deal with another woman (Agent Chase) and her struggle with her dad, who she blames for the death of her sister. Not as good as "Elegy" ] but a decent story. Can't wait for Issue 2!
Other Comics by J.H. Williams III:
Batman: The Black Glove (JHW art, by Grant Morrison)
Other Comics by W. Haden Blackman:
BATWOMAN # 2 (Dec 2011) The 52 Series of DC Comics
In a quick, rapid-fire 20 or so pages, we meet her, see her in action, and get a speedy montage of her backstory. Other artists need to take lesson from this artist. He uses the comic medium so eloquently that he can give us a range of emotions, story outlines, and events in one uber-detailed splash page. Some of these pages are so gorgeous I was tempted to study them for hours. (But there are so many comics, and so little time).
This book passes the two big tests: the "read it more than once test." Do I want to re-read the issue? Of course. Test number two- do I want to read the next issue? Another resounding "yes!"
I can't wait to see what happens in the next issue. Hurry up, give it to me, DC!