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Comic Review: Batwoman #15

Batwoman #15 J.H. Williams III W. Haden Blackman Kate Kane New 52 DC Comics

If you’re going into Batwoman #15 ready to watch her and Wonder Woman tangle with Medusa’s hydra (a.k.a. Killer Croc), you’re going to have to wait one more issue; J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman have paused the World’s Finest team-up to take a closer look at Kate Kane’s cop squeeze Maggie Sawyer. The result is a well-plotted character-centric issue that fleshes out one of the most important people in Kate Kane’s life.

Batwoman is hardly present in this comic. She appears in her stylized glory, falling from the sky with Wonder Woman, in framing panels at the beginning and end of the issue, but the pages in between are all Maggie.

Williams and Blackman double back in the story to cover Maggie’s time during Batwoman’s absence. Maggie is searching for the missing children, facing the Mother’s zealots, and hearing the sound of chains everywhere she goes. The chains are all part of some classic Catholic guilt and religious reflection spurred by the moment Maggie sees Wonder Woman for the first time. “Are the Greek gods real?” she asks herself. “Is God real?”

Maggie’s theological questioning calls up her Catholic upbringing and the repression she suffered from her parents for being gay. We get a cruel – and slightly over the top – story of her parents trying to force the homosexuality out of her to save her from Hell. The broad strokes of the story are familiar, but Williams and Blackman don’t go for the easy “religion is evil for hating gays” message. They keep the blame with the parents and create a positive moment for another Catholic later in the story.

Because of Batwoman’s absence, there’s not a whole lot of the beautiful paneling synonymous with J.H. Williams III’s usual artwork. Aside from the aforementioned opening and closing Williams-drawn pages, Trevor McCarthy handles the pencils in a real world, pop art style. It looks really good, but for followers of this series who’ve been spoiled by all the amazing Batwoman visuals, they’re noticeably absent here.

This is a good character-driven issue that serves to round out Batwoman’s supporting cast, but when the story is so close to a climactic battle, pausing now robs it of a bit of its momentum.

Williams and Blackman are going to keep our heroine hanging – in mid-air – for one more month.

7 out of 10

  1. Dame Judi Dench
    December 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Williams only drew the first and last pages.

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