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• The conclusion of “TO DROWN THE WORLD”!

• BATWOMAN, CHASE, and the D.E.O. battle Gotham City’s URBAN LEGENDS in hope of finding the missing children.

Written by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by Trevor McCarthy
Cover by J.H. Williams III
Variant Cover by J.H. Williams III

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  1. Thank god this arc is finally over. What a mess.

    • I know, the only reason Im really sticking around is because Williams is back after this issue, otherwise I’d be gone.

      They really blew it with the format of this arc, I assume it will read better it trade.

    • I don’t even know what happened. Can someone actually explain what’s been happening in this arc?

  2. I thought this arc was pretty cool. I have re-read these issues a few times though.

  3. I should have never subscribed to this series to begin with but rather just picked up the individual issues whenever Williams was on art. But I didn’t think the second arc of this could possibly been as bad as it turned out to be. I’m happy that JH is returning to art duties next issue, but when he leaves next time I’m done with this series. He’s drawing a Sandman story with Neil Gaiman slated for release in 2013, which leads me to suspect that he won’t be drawing much Kate Kane next year.

    I still vaguely like the characters here and want to finally get to know them more, but the way the stories are told seems to keep the reader at arms’ length. Even the first story arc wasn’t THAT engaging (though kind of cool and VERY pretty).

  4. This arc has been 3 issues too long as written. I find the characters interesting and the first 6 issues were great, and that’s the ONLY reason I’m getting this issue…and so stoked that Williams is back on art next issue.

  5. While this wasn’t as good as the first arc, I did like how they are working on expanding Batwoman’s rogue’s gallery. They’re all creepy, ghostly, and arcane. I love all of that and look forward what the next arc will bring.

  6. I feel better with myself knowing I’m not the only one who wasn’t enjoying this. This will be my last issue although I must admit the idea of Williams illustrating Wonder Woman is tempting to say the least.

    • This series got me to answer a question I had asked myself; Is a writer or artist more important to me. I found out the writer is. Even when I was not really digging the art on Uncanny X-Force Remender still made it worthwhile, Williams gorgeous art without a strong story won’t be keeping me around.

  7. The arc has been a bit confusing. IMO, nothing horrible, but glad to see it wrapping up.

  8. This arc improved a great deal when McCarthy took over art. I think he’ll make a fine replacement for Williams — who will probably step down after his next arc. I read Sandman in the late 80s and 90s, but I’m not thrilled with the idea of Williams on a Vertigo title.

    • Although Promethea wasn’t a Vertigo title it fulfills all the criteria for one. JH killed it on that title so I imagine Sandman wouldn’t be too far away from his work on that.

  9. The time splintering might work great on an arc layout on a bulletin board in an office, but month to month it just doesn’t fly.

    Amy Reeder’s covers were dynamite. McCarthy has been doing well with what he has available. I just think from hearing the way JHW III completes and composes pages and scenes that something HAS to be lost when he is just the writer.

    This book has kind of a Wonder Woman vibe where it looks similar to a degree, but the art shift alters the specific phantasmagoric vibe of the title.

  10. It is amazing how this series quickly went from one of the most revered to one of the most reviled of the new 52. I’m sticking with this to see what comes next.

  11. Even if you connect the dots through the time shifting it’s still a book with no strong direction. It’s basically turned into an execrcise for Williams to showcase his interest in the occult, which I find boring and tedious. In the first arc, Batman mentioned to Kate how old sidekicks could come back as baddies, clearly setting up the entry of Bette into the rogues gallery. In a good writer’s hands it would’ve happened by now but in J.H. and Blackman’s hands it could take another freaking year and a half. This book needs a writer and it needs it now. Williams’ art is literally good enough to buy with no story at all, it’s that beautiful. But he can only draw six issues per year. Meanwhile, DC has lost a big oppurtunity on a high visibility character that was given a brilliant start by Rucka. After J.H.’s next run this will be on the fence and teetering for me.

    • I agree. I will give this book one more story arc maybe to save itself. Otherwise I’m dropping it. This 6 stories in one issue is ridiculous and very confusing. I haven’t read this last issue yet but I’m not exactly looking forward to it either.

  12. DROPPED! I can’t even follow the plot. I have no idea what happened. I’ll pop back in when WW guest stars, but I need a break from this mess.

  13. If you read the issues consecutively, it plays much better. This issue really works to tie everything up beautifully and set up the next arc. Sure, it forces you to work, and you might actually have to pull out past issues, but they all flow together really well. If you haven’t read issue 6 for half a year, you will probably be confused. Pull out the back issues, lazy bones.

    • I sat down with the entire arc and read it through before I ever opened #11. To be fair, I was surprised at some crucial things I missed the first time around and the story actually made sense. But I just don’t get any sense of momentum or direction from these two writers after eleven issues. Maybe they would benefit from shorter arcs.

  14. This was a great issue – I love the relationship between Batwoman and Maggie Sawyer. I am really liking this book, I wish Renee Montoya was still a character in the New52 though. Anyone know what happened to her?

  15. Following some of the suggestions here I just re-read 0-11 in one sitting, much much better this way. I was struggling picking this up each month; some issues were great some just left me lost… everything makes sense when read together, really looking forward to the next arc now (just hope the timeshifts are kept to a minimum).

  16. I am enjoying the villains gallery being introduced in Batwoman, and for me that was perhaps the best part of “To Drown the World.” Not too happy with the way it ended, though; I expected more closure. But at least we got Bette back yay!

    Please check my mini-review here:

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

  17. After reading the last few issues in order it wasn’t bad. And if that wasn’t bad a normal story arc that doesn’t bounce around should be much better.

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