Kate Kane Is No Cookie Cutter Character


Detective Comics #854
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by J.H. Williams III
Co-Feature by Rucka
Art by Cully Hamner

Wow I expected this to be good, but man was this good! Batwoman is a character we have been waiting for an explanation behind for three years, and while we don’t get her origin story here, I have to say I am a fan already. She doesn’t exactly fit the Bat-family mold. Her father knows that she is Batwoman (Could her stepmother be the original Batwoman?!) She has a military background, apparently has no problem with guns, and she is as pale as can be. And that is what I like about her! She is not a cookie-cutter character or a Barbara Gordon stand-in anymore. A lot of this has to do with Rucka, but Williams as well. His art is breathtaking (and weird) and you can’t help but marvel at the detail he puts into it. Everything from the panels to the stuff in Kate’s room matters. And the villain, Alice, is surprisingly freaky. As for the Question back-up, it was okay. I have never been a fan of Hamner’s art but I like some of the changes he made to Renee. As a gay man, I have to say that it is AWESOME that DC is having two Lesbian characters headline Detective Comics, but it is even more AWESOME that their debut is on the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We have come a long way since 1969.


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