There is a big twist this issue as To Drown The World continues.
Batwoman is the prime example of the trouble with writing for collections. This recent story arc feels overwrought and the only reason that comes to mind is J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman are writing for the collection. That being said the main narrative thrust is so uninteresting it is hard to see it being any better when it is all collected together.
This time around there is more to like about the issue than last time but it is still drowned out by the Medusa elements. Again Jacob’s story had the most weight behind it as he confesses to Bette about his feelings towards his daughters. Kate’s silent interlude as she checks in on Bette maybe a small moment but speaks volumes about Kate’s feelings towards Bette’s situation. Both Maggie and Chase also get some solid character work. Both their scenes keep the title full of characterisation, which in turn is the most interesting aspect of recent issues. Also it is nice to see Williams and Blackman develop Chase more and seemingly add a possible new complication into the relationship of Maggie and Kate.
As for the Medusa storyline, it has long since worn out its welcome. The big twist reveal isn’t easily predicted, but this is mainly due to the lack of interest rather than clever writing. Maro’s story continues to go through the motions with no real excitement. The biggest aspect being the origin of Killer Croc’s new mystical appearance.
Trevor McCarthy is still on board and his pencils continue to be clear, expressive and practical. He does what the script requires of him and nothing more. His attempts to make interesting layouts are yet again too forced as they don’t seem to be as organic as previous issues. But aside from the layouts the art does its job even though it doesn’t really stand out.
So, the character moments that have been the backbone of the series continue to keep the title interesting. The developments here are well scripted and Jacob’s confession is far more note worthy than the twist ending. Again the Medusa plot does nothing to interest the reader, it is just a run of the mill story arc that has gone on for too long. The art works but is nothing to write home about. It is a shame but at this moment in time Batwoman continues to be a title that sits firmly in the mediocre category.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
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