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Batwoman by Greg Rucka
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Dec 28, 10


An excellent expansion of the Batman mythos -- or perhaps I should say an excellent parallel to the Batman mythos. Tight, briskly paced storytelling from Greg Rucka accompanied by gorgeously stylized art from J. H. Williams III.

I'd only read Rucka's non-superhero comics before (Queen and Country; Whiteout), and his run on DC's Checkmate title. Rucka excels at writing female lead characters and Kate Kane is no exception. The new Batwoman garnered attention by being DC's openly gay superhero, but this isn't a salacious detail in a one-dimensional character. Her back story deftly weaves the character's sexuality and her military-family background into a well-rounded whole (told in the second half of this graphic novel in the story "Go"). Rucka also maintains a grounded, realistic sensibility that would make this Batwoman fit the gritty world of Frank Miller's Batman comics or Chris Nolan's Batman films.

Williams' art gives Batwoman its own visual language, setting the tone and mood and enhancing the intangibles of the story. On some pages, clarity of action is secondary to this stylistic and visual storytelling choice, but this is a story, not a martial-arts how-to manual. The art is so dynamic and beautiful it is worth looking over repeatedly.
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