Batwoman and Wonder Woman drawn by J.H. Williams III. ‘Nuff said.
This issue is a refreshing reminder of how good the title can be. After an extended period of being distinctly below average, the title finally comes alive. It would be unfair to say that it is mainly due to J.H. Williams excellent art, but it helps.
Williams and W. Haden Blackman continue down the mystical route, as Batwoman continues to search for the missing children. Granted the last arc was crippled by the inclusion of the mystic, but here the writers manage to somehow make it more appealing. This maybe due to the fact that the mystic has become the mythic and the inclusion of Wonder Woman is not only a boon for the book, but actually makes sense. Both writers have such a great grasp on Wonder Woman and as the Amazonian fights her way through the issue, you can’t help but be entertained. The juxtaposition of Batwoman and Wonder Woman works well and helps define the differences (and similarities) between them. Both determined, but ultimately unique. It is a great way to open up the book and instantly draws you in.
But this wouldn’t be Batwoman without some character moments. The writers touch upon the D.E.O, Bette’s recovery, GCPD’s handling of the missing children and the Kate/Maggie relationship. These aspects enrich the title and allow the book to continue growing the world Batwoman inhabits. The book has a certain emotional kick due to Maggie’s reactions to the parents of the missing children and her confrontation with Kate. Also Bette’s monologue is solid and her continued presence in the title is a good thing. The most surprising thing is that the Bloody Mary stuff at the beginning of the issue actually works here and doesn’t seem so far removed, but this maybe due to how it is presented.
Williams absolutely knocks it out of the park with this issue. Again he proves that he can craft one of the most beautiful superhero comics on the shelves. His character work is expressive and dynamic. The script is enhanced greatly by Williams’ visual characterisations. His action beats are perfectly rendered as he guides the reader through some amazing panel layouts. The book is a feast for the eyes due to his layouts. From the extinguished Flamebird that frames Bette’s story to the hall of mirrors that resembles Wonder Woman’s shield, the book looks utterly unique.
So, Batwoman is back on top form due to an engaging script, stunning visuals and a well executed guest appearance. The spark the title had has been recaptured, with the memories of the last few issues erased. Everything is balanced here and the overbearing mystic elements of the previous arc have been tamed due to a better definition of what Batwoman is up against. Let’s hope this quality continues.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|The art is excellent, the narrative compelling and Wonder Woman works||non|
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