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Batwoman #1

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Batwoman #1

Credits

  • Words: J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
  • Art: J.H. Williams III
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Story Title: Hydrology Part 1
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 15, 2011
J.H. Williams III’s legendary art returns to Batwoman and Gotham City.
 
Batwoman #1 from co-creators J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman is long, long overdude, but the agonizing wait surely has been worth it.  Little has changed for Kate Kane as the DC Universe relaunched; her tough militaristic attitude towards crime-fighting is still as prevalent as ever, though her father has been discharged from her operations.  Now, with her cousin Bette Kane at her side, will Batwoman’s skills alone be enough to take on the deadliest foe she has yet faced?

Williams and Blackman cover an enormous amount of ground throughout this introductory issue, everything from Kate’s current relationship with her father, her new love interest, the status quo of the Bat-Universe in Gotham, and the introduction of a suffocating enemy is discussed.  The two most interesting pieces of Batwoman’s life, however, are Kate’s disdain for her father and the introduction of La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman.  Kate’s refusal to make amends with her father following the tragic and heartbreaking events in "Elegy" still carry an immense amount of emotional weight, while the introduction and presence of the Weeping Woman makes for, without a doubt, one of the most unsettling villains ever, and perfectly fits the semi-paranormal tone of Batwoman’s world.

Obviously, the main draw of Batwoman is the incredible and groundbreaking artwork by J.H. Williams III.  Williams takes complete advantage of the medium to craft some of the most gorgeous and intelligently drawn pages ever.  The opening sequence of a grief stricken family recounting the abduction of their children is simply beautiful; it carries two separate timelines and settings perfectly, while simultaneously introducing Batwoman and the Weeping Woman.  Not only is the artwork visually stunning, but Williams also captures the kinetic energy of Batwoman as she leaps and tumbles across rooftops and buildings amazingly well.  Every aspect of Batwoman, whether it is the character forms, Dave Stewart’s bright vibrant reds clashing with the black backdrop of Gotham, Todd Klein’s lyrical lettering, or the intensely unique panel layouts, solidifies Batwoman as the most visually brilliant book in the industry.

The almost year of patience has paid off, as Williams and Blackman deliver a beautiful and emotional story.  Both Williams and Blackman are setting the stage for the growth and evolution of one the most diverse and interesting characters in the DC Universe.  For so many reasons, Batwoman sets the standard for both story and art in the entire comics industry.

 

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