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Review Group Week #250: BATWOMAN #0

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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:31 pm

More pattern than story, in fact.

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Postby ****** » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:38 pm

Victorious Squid wrote:More pattern than story, in fact.


You can sum up the story for most single issue comics in a sentence. The sentence for this comic just happens to be "Batman investigates Batwoman".
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:40 pm

John Snow wrote:
You can sum up the story for most single issue comics in a sentence. The sentence for this comic just happens to be "Batman investigates Batwoman".


And the reason I don't read many superhero comics like this is because it's the same damn sentences over and over again. :lol:

The only novel thing here was the pattern of dual artists.
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Wally Brando

Rain Partier

Postby Wally Brando » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:48 pm

Punchy wrote:I will not be reviewing this week.


I think it'd be hilarious if nobody participated when Punchy's week comes around. :lol:
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Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:54 pm

Chris wrote:
I think it'd be hilarious if nobody participated when Punchy's week comes around. :lol:


That would be lame, I'm not doing this to insult any poster, I just refuse to read Batwoman, it's not spiteful, just a personal preference.
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Starlord

Outhouse Editor

Postby Starlord » Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:57 pm

I for one am very happy with the decision. Please let us know which ones you would "refuse" to read for personal reasons every week... please? :D
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:41 pm

Batwoman returns with #0 of a new on-going series. And about damn time too. Greg Rucka and J. H. Williams III last year presented us to Elegy, one of DC's most finest comics to come out in a long time focusing on the story of Kathy Kane, the new socialite in Gotham with an Bat-alter-ego. Upon initial release of this character, the comic geekworld greeted the character with scorn and controversy, mostly due to her sexuality seemingly playing a big part of her characterization. Feelings didn't finally settle until readers read the Elegy arc in Detective and saw that she's mroe than just a lesbian but a solid character with a great foundation and backstory, along with a supporting cast, villains, motivations, etc. DC surely had a winner on their hands.

With this new series, Williams III returns as writer and artist with the help of W. Haden Blackman (co-writer) and Amy Reeder Hadley (co-artist). For new readers, this #0 serves as a jump on point and a recap issue told through the eyes of Batman. We get a sense of the character of Kathy Kane, her abilities and motivations, her cast, etc. For fans already, all this isn't new but its a welcome back embrace and a return to form. The story seems like it's heading us back to the strong elements of the character with the beautifully crafted artwork by William III. And those lay-outs--OH THOSE LAYOUTS!!! The colors by Dave Stewart works perfectly and leads readers to anticipate this wonderful creative team in telling us more about Kathy Kane.

Bring it on, Batwoman team. Bring it.

rating: 8
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:49 pm

personal preference, but when I state my personal preference not to read Hellboy out of order, I am being an ass. Maybe Punchy should look in a mirror
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:50 pm

I hate to skip out on BlueStreak's first week, but my budget for comic books is stretched as it is this week. There's no way I'm going to able to add anything else to the mix.
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:55 pm

I still don't understand why Punchy has such a hate against the character, but I don't want to cause a pointless thread of arguments. I do recall thinking the reason was weird and idiotic, but whatever.
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thefourthman

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Postby thefourthman » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:57 pm

Greg wrote:I still don't understand why Punchy has such a hate against the character, but I don't want to cause a pointless thread of arguments. I do recall thinking the reason was weird and idiotic, but whatever.

the ny post said it was about a "lipstick buxom lesbian", therefore that is the way DC marketed it.
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:58 pm

thefourthman wrote:the ny post said it was about a "lipstick buxom lesbian", therefore that is the way DC marketed it.



And because of that it should be avoided? :?
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thefourthman

Outhouse Editor

Postby thefourthman » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:59 pm

Greg wrote:

And because of that it should be avoided? :?

yup. its all slippery slope from there.
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Greg

Rain Partier

Postby Greg » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:00 pm

thefourthman wrote:yup. its all slippery slope from there.


:lol: Sad.
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Windom URL

Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:24 pm

Batwoman #0

Batwoman #0 is like a piece of Noritake china--sure the detail is fine and the pattern looks pretty, but in the end a plate is just a plate. Likewise, the artistic talents of J.H. Williams III and Amy Reeder illustrate a story best described as utilitarian or serviceable, creating a symmetrical flourish to the shared pages that's just a little too fancy for the workman-like investigation of Kate/Batwoman by Batman.

There aren't many cases where multiple artists in one single issue comic are welcome, but there are some. To me, this wasn't one of them. Even understanding the Williams' Batwoman/Reeder's Kate split scenes, I found the dual pages' combined compositions to be ugly and overly complicated. If the intent was to emphasize the schism between her superhero and civilian identities, it was almost overly effective as though the two were entirely different people. I didn't like Reeder's panels much at all, but will say the preview art for issue #1 by Williams III looked fantastic. His fight scene panels in this issue were a little overly-busy and confusing, with little insert panels and unnecessary border lines all over the place.

It's a zero issue. It serves to introduce new readers to the character. I tend to check out mentally when the "religion of crime" stuff comes up, and I rolled my eyes at yet another mysterious sarkofagi though, and the detached narrative by Batman gives the reader little true insight into this Kate Kane/Batwoman. There's enough information to introduce me to her, but not enough there to grab me and make me want to read more about her. There's no indication of who her supporting cast in her life is, except for her cousin Flamebird who ties her to a part of the DCU I have no interest in.

Hopefully her larger story will begin in issue #1--Batwoman has a lot of fans here, but there's not enough to this intro to make me one of them.

6.5

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