Batman Created By Bob Kane
Thank you DC for putting all of those ads no one cares about at the back of the book instead of intermingled on every other page. Maybe I got an oddball issue, but having all the ads at the end certainly made my reading experience that much more enjoyable. Although, it did feel like the book was a lot shorter than normal, even though it wasn’t. But still, thanks!
The Batwoman title is definitely a step in the right direction, giving readers something new and fresh to enjoy. It’s not the stealthiest costume a superhero could wear, but it certainly allows for gorgeous artwork to compliment every page. My review of Batman & Robin declared it to be the best Bat-book right after Detective comics. I’m now recalling that statement to officially declare Batwoman the second best Bat-book after Detective…but Batwoman is super close to being #1.
I can only assume that the opening sex scene, juxtaposed with Flamebird duking it out with the hooked thug, is a sensual moment shared between Kate Kane and Detective Maggie. It’s the only moment I can think of since this title started where Kate’s bright red hair is flushed out by the grey and white noir sensation…up until that moment where Kate climaxes. It’s a sexy, yet disturbing moment of love, sensuality, and violence. You want to turn away form the awesome finality it all, yet the tension grabs you and forces you to want more. Angst is the driving force behind this story, and it couldn’t be better.
The way Willaims uses everything on each page to create individual panels is fantastic; every splash page is worthy of taking the time gaze at it, as well as the entire book. The more painted panles and pages are a significant and creative change to the “not so painted” panels. Without a doubt, Willaims wins the best artist of the year award!
I was all about Nightwing and Flamebird taking over Action Comics during the terribly boring “World of New Krypton” series. I was glad to see Flamebird returning to the comics after the reboot in Batwoman #1. So, needless to say, it shook my world to see the large hook driven through her body. I’m so glad they aren’t killing her off…but what does this mean for Flamebird’s future? Will SHE become the next wheel chaired wise-woman, replacing Barbara Gordon, or is a full recovery in her future? Needles to say, this will be a definite driving point in what will happen next after the mystery of the weeping woman is resolved.
Mysticism is at the cornerstone of the title, making Batwoman more mysterious that Batman. Kate Kane is such a normal person (with a lot of baggage) yet her lifestyle is still such a mystery. Much of what we know of her is shrouded in the unknown. I honestly believe Batwoman will become THE MOST interesting hero in the DC Universe before reaching issue #12.
There’s so much to look forward to and the potential is just building up with every issue. It seems everyone Kate Kane knows is working against her alter-ego, which could turn into a very bad situation if Kate’s secret identity is discovered. This just might be one of the stickiest situations a superhero has ever been in. She has nothing gain, and everything to loose. Fingers crossed that Flamebird doesn’t die off, otherwise she might not have any friends.
10 out of 10 stars