The GeeksverseBatwoman #1

Batwoman #1
Published on Monday, September 19, 2011 by

Written by: J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by: J.H. Williams III
Colored by: Dave Stewart
Lettered by: Todd Klein
Cover Art: J.H. Williams III w/ Dave Stewart
Associate Editor: Janelle Asselin
Editor: Michael Marts

This book was delayed many times. That makes me wonder how much of this first issue was changed to be part of the new 52? I have a feeling that the only thing changed was Gordon’s hair color. I don’t know for sure what his rank is now, but I wonder how that makes the sequance with him and Maggie Sawyer work or does it break continuity?

This is definately a different superhero book. It’s got a unique pacing that takes some getting used to. It’s slow, then picks up, then slows down again. The pace picks up with Williams III goes to double page spreads.

The story can’t really be talked about without mentioning the art.

This is a stunning book. The layouts are unique but well crafted, the panels all flowing together and forming works of art. Williams III is definately a master of the craft. There are some amazing pages in this issue. And the colors by Dave Stewart mesh so well.

There’s a single black and white panel with some small amounts of color and the simple nature of the layout with the specific use of color makes for an extremely emotional panel. There are no words but there doesn’t need to be. The panel speaks volumes.

The writing is kind of up and down, with the pacing. It makes for up and down reading. Get going with the pace and then slow down. Back and forth. It’s not as strong as it could be. It’s an interesting story to be sure.

There’s lots of familiar characters in this story, from DC’s past, and it’ll be interesting to see how they work the DEO into the DCnU. It’s things like that, along with Bette Kane mentioning that she was a Teen Titan, that make me think not a single page of this issue was rewritten to be part of the new 52. I didn’t think that the new Teen Titans series was going to be one of the books that take place in the past (like Action Comics, Superboy and Justice League are starting out) but it would have to be in order for what Bette says to be true. Otherwise it’s a glaring continuity error.

But it doesn’t detract from the story which has a creepy vibe to it.

I do wish they’d stop coloring Kate Kane in white. It looks odd and is detracting from the overall masterpiece that is the art of Batwoman.

Batwoman #1 receives
4 out of 5

Different and unique. I know Amy Reeder is helping out with the art chores so it’ll be interesting to see how well the book is with a differnet artist.

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