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Batwoman Vol. 4: This Blood is Thick (The New 52) Paperback – September 9, 2014
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"Truly a work of art."--USA Today
"The most satisfying read of the new DC 52."--The New York Times
"In our world, barriers slowly erode; in superhero stories, they get smashed."--Rolling Stone
"Put away your misconceptions about female heroines and pick up this book."--Complex Magazine
"It's unsurprising ... that the big star is once more Williams' art."--Comic Book Resources
"Oh my dear lord, I love this title right now."--IGN
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 writing and drawing the critically acclaimed DC—The New 52 title BATWOMAN as well as drawing Neil Gaiman's return to the legendary SANDMAN series.
W. Haden Blackman has spent his entire career combining art with words in comic books and video games. As a writer, creative director, and executive producer, he has launched several bestselling video games, including Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, for which he won writing awards from the Writer’s Guild of America and Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. He has written over one hundred comic books, working on titles such as Star Wars: Republic, Darth Vader and the Lost Command, and Hellboy: Weird Tales. He is currently co-writing BATWOMAN with J.H. Williams III for DC Comics.
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Needless to say, vol.4 ends on a cliffhanger. An excellent cliffhanger no doubt, but its quality, and the circumstances that led to it, only make it all the more painful. The art in the volume, as always, is phenomenal, but what really stands out is how cogent the story is. Volumes 1 and 2, while enjoyable, were notoriously difficult to follow, with heady themes and confusing artwork layouts making it very difficult to follow what was happening. Vol 4 on the other hand is a joy to read, that is over far too quickly.
Kate has sided with the D.E.O., in order to protect her family, and is tasked with bringing in an especially elusive quarry. As not to spoil the excellent plot, I will not reveal who she is trying to catch, but know that she has her work cut out for her. Her cousin, Firehawk, is, finally, used to great effect, as is more than just a sidekick. The character work in this volume is fantastic, as we learn more about agent chase, Killer Croc, Firehawk, Maggie, and even Kate. It is truly a shame that after four volumes of interestingly twisted stories and evolving character arcs, DC is forcing the series into a far more mediocre cookie-cutter 'tie-in friendly' direction, but that is an issue for the next volume, which I will not be buying.
I won't go into a tirade, naming the numerous sins DC has committed since launching their profitable, but creatively lacking, 'New 52'. I will say that it pains me to see one of the few great comics to emerge from that poorly laid out venture be irreversibly changed, for the worse, because DC doesn't trust or respect their authors. Though I am grateful for the 24 fabulous issues we did get, it is hard to not feel bitter knowing that the true creators were only two short issues away from finishing it, before DC changed their minds and told them they couldn't end the story on their terms. Batwoman volume 4 is the best installment of this already incredible series and is an absolute buy.
I enjoyed the story, but I expected more from these writers. The rest of the series has been fantastic, but here they basically drive up the tension and then end with every plot thread unresolved. This happens a lot in graphic novels, but not in the best ones. Granted, part of my frustration is that I don't have the next volume sitting here ready to read.
The art is great as always.
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Ends in a killer cliffhanger.
Just finished I'm I'm sure I'll reread