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Review Group Week #250: BATWOMAN #0

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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:45 pm

Does she wear white clown makeup or is she supposed to be very very pale?

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:47 pm

Victorious Squid wrote:Does she wear white clown makeup or is she supposed to be very very pale?


All buxom lipstick lesbians are woefully pale.

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:49 pm

Zero wrote:I wonder if Bluewater are putting anything out that week..

Anyway I'm reading Elegy tonight, and then the Jock issues after that should be enough les-sploitation right? The chances of me trying out the Crime Bible book or 52 are pretty slims.


I wish I had thought to order the Jock issues when I put in an MCS order last night. :-(

The few preview pages that CBR posted this morning read new reader/Elegy only reader friendly.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:51 pm

thefourthman wrote:We knew that last week. :roll:


Well, yeah, I was just making sure Blue Streak knew.

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
Well, yeah, I was just making sure Blue Streak knew.


Maybe we should start a thread so that everyone knows.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:53 pm

John Snow wrote:
Maybe we should start a thread so that everyone knows.


If you want, I don't want to start shit.
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:53 pm

I think he put that space in BlueStreak's name as a sign of disrespect.
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:53 pm

Punchy wrote:
Well, yeah, I was just making sure Blue Streak knew.



...I knew last week too.

Shame, though. I'd actually enjoy hearing what you thought about this book. If you change your mind, you can always Byrne-steal it. It's only sixteen pages long.
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:55 pm

BlueStreak wrote:

...I knew last week too.

Shame, though. I'd actually enjoy hearing what you thought about this book. If you change your mind, you can always Byrne-steal it. It's only sixteen pages long.


Nope, I refuse to read it I'm afraid, I'll be back next week. If I can find a copy of that Hellboy one-shot I'll get one in for last week.
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God-Man

Garbage Collector

Postby God-Man » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:06 pm

This was a pretty good read. It mostly acted as a reintroduction to the world of Batwoman, but there's a couple of threads that will probably be picked up in the series (what was in that sarcophagus?) The art was awesome, smartly divided between Williams' Batwoman scenes and Reeder's Kate Kane scenes. I can't wait to see the confrontation between Bruce and Kate.
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BlueStreak

The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:14 pm

God-Man wrote:This was a pretty good read. It mostly acted as a reintroduction to the world of Batwoman, but there's a couple of threads that will probably be picked up in the series (what was in that sarcophagus?) The art was awesome, smartly divided between Williams' Batwoman scenes and Reeder's Kate Kane scenes. I can't wait to see the confrontation between Bruce and Kate.


Care to tack on a score and make the review official? We'd love to have you.
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Eric Ratcliffe

Staff Writer

Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:25 pm

Congrats to Bluestreak for taking over the review group, that being said though I sadly am still not able to take part and miss doing so.
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:36 pm

byrne steal.
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God-Man

Garbage Collector

Postby God-Man » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:15 pm

BlueStreak wrote:
Care to tack on a score and make the review official? We'd love to have you.


Fuck it, sure. I'll give it an 8.

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 24, 2010 5:35 pm

In honor of BlueStreak's first week I did something I haven't done in months, I went to an honest to goodness funny book shop on a Wednesday. :D

Batwoman #0

I re-read Elegy last night in anticipation of this issue. Of the superhero stories I've read this year it's at or near the top of my list of favorites. Great character development by Greg Rucka that set up Kate Kane as I character I want to continue reading for a long time which is something I wasn't expecting. Honestly, I bought the book for the art. In Elegy JH Williams III displays more skill and diversity in 6 issues than most artists exhibit in a lifetime. Obviously I love Elegy, this isn't Elegy though, this is blend of a continuation and a new beginning.

Can Kate Kane still be Kate Kane without Greg Rucka? From reading this, it's kind of hard to say. The issue is told completely through the perspective of Bruce Wayne, in a mix of captions and excerpts of his research notes, as he investigates Batwoman to determine not only her true identity, but also her worthiness of the mantle she has taken upon herself. As an introduction to the character, Batwoman #0 succeeds even if Kate does always feel at arms length. For existing readers it not only gives you a picture of what Kate has been doing since we last saw her, but presumably also lays hints for the stories ahead.

While any comic with JH Williams III art is bound to be a treat, this issue had the added intrigue of seeing how the art of Amy Reeder (looks like she dropped the Hadley) would be integrated into it. As it turned out, Williams handled the art for the Batwoman sections and Reeder took the Kate Kane portions with the art from each being split on the page starting with Williams on top and gradually transitioning to Reeder being on top in the second half of the issue. It's something of an impossible task to put someone in a position where their art will be compared to that of Williams, but I think Reeder performed admirably. If nothing else the endearing cuteness of the last panel on the library page won me over. Williams for his part continued the same style of layout and design that he previously established on the character's Detective Comics run. On colors, Dave Stewart continues to prove himself to be the greatest colorist in the history of comics.

While this issue doesn't delve deep enough into the character to alleviate any concerns that the loss of Rucka will be debilitating, the artistic collaboration made for a fun and interesting comic book experience.

Story: 8
Art: 9
Overall: 8

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