DC Comics 2017
Written by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Steve Epting
Coloured by Jeromy Cox
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Batwoman's been following the trail of the deadly weapon Monster Venom, while simultaneously trying to discover what became of her lost lover, Safiyah…but what happens when those two roads meet? And how does it all connect to the death of Batwoman's mother?
So while I was concerned that this would be too much like Batman when it started, let’s face it how it started seemed like an assignment rather than a natural evolution of the character, it’s issue four and my fears are pretty much alleviated. I think that her first mission back in her own series that explores her past while forging the way into the future is being smartly done. Don’t know how the writing partnership is being broken down but together they are doing some very nice work.
There are a couple of things about this issue that has me on the fence and left me wondering. The twins for one, i’m not sure if this is some new current phenomenon but the villainous, creepy almost incestual opposite sex fraternal twin thing seems very trite to me. I’ve been seeing it in a quite a number of places and it doesn’t feel original or being used in a way that sets them apart. Then there’s Adelaide. She’s got her own Pennyworth and something about that smacks of “Are You Kidding Me!” in that is she supposed to be Batman “lite?” Kate has plenty of people in her own life and background that could’ve taken on this role and made it seem like a much more natural fit instead of trying too hard, and it is trying too hard, to make more like Batman.
So her Daddy has gone off the deep end and we have to wonder how long that’s been true. Retroactively of course. That however can wait because seeing her on this Island worrying about a former lover, who in Kate fashion when she left she left without a second glance, is more character defining. If Kate cared one iota she would’ve kept in touch or an eye on what was happening so when upon returning this wouldn’t have taken her by surprise as it has. Will this be part of her ongoing evolution into a more well rounded likable character is as of yet unknown. There are such hopes to be had with this series and that it has two writers of such caliber working on it means sky's the limit with what we'll see them accomplish!
I do like the interior artwork for this series. I’m a big fan of this more traditional comic book style work. The attention to detail is great to see and we get a whole range of believable and yeah right like that’s possible action to thrill the eyes! I mean let’s face it would Tahani be able to swing and smack Kate into walls by her wig without it fall off? The way page layouts are used through the angles and perspective are well done. The mix of detailed backgrounds to fearsome blackness give this a great oomph to it. There’s a lot to like and appreciate about what Steve and Jeromy are doing here.
Kate isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy, she’s quite hard to like a lot of times and that’s part of her appeal. While I want to see more Bette in this series for now I’ll let Kate get her feet wet and find her solo footing once again before her more natural and needed partner/sidekick/associate joins her on a regular basis.