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Batwoman, Volume 2: To Drown the World

(Batwoman (2011) #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,081 ratings  ·  292 reviews
Six lives, inextricably linked in the past and present, each on a collision course with the others: Batwoman, fighting for duty and vengeance against a threat of arcane power. Detective Maggie Sawyer, investigating a case that could end her career. DEO Agent Cameron Chase, commanding a vigilante she despises. Colonel Jacob Kane, clutching at a life that's slipping away. Ma ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by DC Comics (first published January 9th 2013)
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(B) 73% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Strained by dull contrivance, it’s swivel-necked and dizzy: ambling inarticulate through the land of forever prologue.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
The art is still great, and the plot would be awesome if it wasn't so confusing to read.
Too much jumping around on the timeline is one problem, but also too many stories. As in, so-and-so's story. Eh, it's cool every now and then to see what's happening from another character's point of view, but this volume was overloaded with it.

I'm not giving up on this title yet, though.
James DeSantis
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Merry Christmas Everyone!

So I finished up Batwoman volume 2 last night and I'm glad to report it's as good as volume 1. I can't believe I waited this long to read New 52 Batwoman. Now I know why people love her.

So kids have gone missing and Batwoman is on the case. Simple enough, right? This book jumps around through various timelines to show you how each character is building towards confrontation. A mixture of mystery, drama, love life, and death all combined to make a compelling, dark, twis
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Well, now, THAT was a major disappointment. I waited all this time for the paperback collection and I get THIS? Six disjointed stories, slapped together helter-skelter, some of them contributing little to nothing to the main storyline or others repeating the same notes. I mean, do we really need Kate's story if we have Batwoman's? What does having her father's story contribute, other than he is incredibly obsessed over his niece? And is it really necessary to have a story for Chase
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Catching up with the rest of my GR friends, I noticed they generally rated this volume lower than both the first and the later ones. And you know what? I can't disagree with them, at least I won't say this is *better* than the last volume.

First off, the art's a helluva step down - not that anyone could easily step into JHWIII's shoes, and this is no exception. Weak pencils, weaker finishes - hard to take seriously, let alone whether it's the gorgeous artwork of before.

Second, the narrative time
Sam Quixote
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
This was a little more complex than the other ones. The weird magical villain organization called Medusa made their debut and there was just a lot of weird monsters and mutants and stuff. It was slightly interesting. But the real kicker was that this comic was all over the place in terms of POV and time. For example, two pages would be of Kate's dad two weeks ago, then four pages of Kate now, then two pages of Maggie an hour ago, then some new character three months ago. It wasn't as confusing a ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed-series
Growing up, I had two big hardcover books of Batman stories (not listed in GR, as I gave them away and cannot recall the exact versions). Something like "greatest stories" and "from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's"

You always knew where you stood with the Batman. Gadgets were consistent and understandable. Relationships were fixed and straightforward, whether apprentice or villain or femme fatale. Allegiances were black and white. Time was linear.

Which is, for me, the opposite of the Batwoman exper
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
There are some serious issues with the story here. The most obvious is the way that the narrative jumps around constantly, seemingly at random. So on one page you may be reading a scene with Chase that happened a month ago, the next you're reading the battle scene that's happening "now". Which makes the battle last for the entire six issues collected here. Telling the story non-linearly might have been a good idea, but here it feels more like the pages were dropped and put back together at rando ...more
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
Review of Volume 0
Review of Volume 1

I almost gave up reading the series because of this Volume. As if it was already not difficult enough reading through J.H. Williams' plethora of over-detailed (though admittedly gorgeous) 2-page spreads, the creators have now decided to up the level for us readers by incorporating a chronologically non-linear style of story-telling. Its a test for your IQs and patience people and only the toughest readers can fare well. I will give you a preview of the chapter
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this going to turn into my next favorite series.
Nancy O'Toole
Perhaps the one benefit to the current Batwoman controversy is the fact that it has inspired me to make an effort to catch up on the comic. To Drown the World continues the storyline started in Hydrology. Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, has been blackmailed into working for the DEO, bringing her face to face with a host of villains straight out of legends.

I feel a little torn on To Drown the World. On one hand, I really enjoyed the no holds barred artwork, which is filled with vibrant colors, unique an
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
This collection starts with a fairly standard superhero premise: hero fights gang of bad guys. It's a bit more interesting than other stories of its type, though, from the injection of horror elements, since this particular gang consists of living urban legends (from Bloody Mary, out to kill girls at slumber parties, to Killer Croc as the mutant crocodile living in the sewers in every city in the country), and the tale twists around itself through a careful non-linear structure. Although the cre ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loving the art style and the way this narrative is headed. However the mixed timeline was kind of annoying and brought the rating down.
Jedi JC Daquis
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Rereading Batwoman again after three years, and much like what I have felt before, this is the volume of Williams' run that I really wanted to skip. To Drown The World could have been way better without the jumbling timelines and so many character point of views.

In fact, everytime you turn a page, there is a high chance that the story will take you three months ago, two days ago, 15 hours ago or whatever timeline the story wants you to see fron whoever character it wants you to experience. It is
J.M. Hushour
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is hands-down DC's best book. Too bad those lesbian-haters over at the DC office's won't let Batwoman marry another woman. Fools! This has driven the epic creative team behind this book to head for more tolerant waters.
A lot of the reviews here bitch about the structure of the book. This is part of its innovative beauty: non-linear stories, out-of-chronology pages and panels all make this book stand out. Light years ahead of the rest of the New 52 drivel.
Batwoman's part of Gotham City is t
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Its not good as the first one

The art is still good, but I totally prefer the J.H William III art in this story. The phasing is jumble, it jumps into multiple time/area and loss everything in the final scene.

Still looking forward for the next volume.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-books, comics
I'm conflicted. I wish this section was more linear. Was confused for too much of it even though it all comes together eventually. It was just too disjointed. Still love the character. Batwoman is great. ...more
Gonzalo Urrutia
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-dc-comics
I love Batwoman, but I loved this book because it was not only starred by her, but compellingly told and incredibly illustrated. Williams deserved plenty of praise, but the art stole the show here, and it was made all the more thrilling by how much the style clicked with the plot.
Jenny Clark
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Again, really good art for Batwoman, it's better for Kate and the rest of the unmasked people, but still not at the same level as the Batwoman panels. Plot wise it follows up the first volume pretty well. I am really enjoying this series. ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and half stars.
Wing Kee
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Art and story dropped a bit.

World: Williams III is only writing so the art did take a dip. Sure the splash pages are still there but it's missing the weight in the art. The world building is solid, building upon the last arc giving more supernatural Gotham for readers.

Story: The story is a bit choppier. I know that the design is like that and that's the intention. But what we gain from the framing we lose in the character moments and development. The story is good, I like the supernatural angl
This gets a somewhat grudging three stars. Artwork is inferior to the first volume, which is a shame as the first volume was gorgeous. Multiperspective storyline detracts from the narrative instead of enhancing it. I also kept mixing up her girlfriend and the DEO agent: visually distinguishing them more would have been helpful. Also, the more this goes along, the less plausibly it fits into the larger Batman franchise (the big question being, why would Bat Prime let any of the Batlings be behold ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
The artwork is gorgeous and the creativity on this title is incredible on this series, Batwoman is definitely one of the most cutting-edge mainstream comics on the market these days.

But the structuring of this story is horrible. Cut up into a million pieces. Even the storyboarding was tough to decipher at times.

I hope this volume is not indicative of how future Batwoman stories will be told.

Jenny (Reading Envy)
Thanks to NetGalley, I got to read this a month before it comes out. The art is stunning, just like volume 1. The story is a bit disjointed as it is told in multiple time periods that all lead to the central action going on. You learn more about Kate's childhood, and how her father feels about her, details I'm not sure she herself knows. You see more of her relationship and her struggle to balance being a superhero with focusing on another person. Anything more might give it away. ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Andrew by:
Well, this was just disappointing. This series has kinda sucked so far. I don't think I'll continue reading anymore. I felt almost zero connection with any of the characters, the plot seemed nonsensical and forced.

The art is nice but not up to Williams's usual fare.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Still beautiful and fantastic.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it liked it
After a stellar starts it’s a shame that volume 2 of Batwoman doesn’t quite match the standards of volume 1. Amy Reeder and Trevor McCarthy both bring solid art in place of Williams III (I appreciate the attempt of continuity with the interesting page layouts) but can’t quite live up to his standards. The story is told through several characters and in ‘2 days earlier’ ‘months ago’ style flashbacks. It’s a decent story that is continuing what was started in volume 1.
5 🌟

Kate finds out more information about Medusa and encounters some of its members. She also starts working with Chase and the DEO. Maggie deals with the missing children case. Colonel Kane waits for Bette to wake up.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, new-52
A bit confusing. A lot of things going on all at once. The story being told from several different perspectives and different points in time felt weird every so often. Im giving it 3 stars because I really like the character and this series has some of my favourite artwork.
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