Review by: akamuu

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Story by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by Amy Reeder & Rob Hunter
Letters by Todd Klein
Cover by Amy Reeder

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

I dreaded picking this comic up. I have a friend from my poetry life who has very similar tastes in comics to mine. We talked at length about the original Rucka/Williams III run, and how dangerous it seemed to get our hopes up for the relaunch. As it was pushed back and pushed back, I felt more and more uneasy.

The store I’m working for sold out of the first two issues before they hired me, so I thought I might trade wait it. I’d asked my friend not to spoil it for me, and he said something along the lines of “Don’t worry, it’s spoiled enough on its own.”

I hoped he was playing some sort of Kirkman mind-fu on me. Alas, based on this issue, I have no desire to read the relaunch of the series.

While Williams III’s unique panel styles in the Rucka run looked lush and gorgeous, Blackman’s layout looks busy and convoluted. The pencils and inks themselves are fine, but the layout is so distracting that I put the comic down twice before I managed to get all the way through.

The poor paneling caused me to lose interest in the story to such a degree that I think it’s unfair of me to even judge the writing. I’m giving it a three because I think it might have been good.

Maybe I’ll pick up the comic again when Williams III is back on art duty, but it’s unlikely. I think I’d rather just go home and reread “Elegy”.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 2 - Average


  1. So I guess you haven’t read all of the first five issues of this? They’re good. Not as good as the Rucka stuff, but still quite good and very reminiscent of what Rucka was doing. Frankly I’m disappointed with Reader’s recent art in the same way you seem to be. But, for me, the storyline is more than enough reason to keep reading through the issues before JH’s return on art. In other words, the first five issues of this made me care enough about these characters in this overall story, no matter what. For what it’s worth, I think one’s ability to enjoy the current issues is more dependent on having read issues 1-5 than on liking or disliking Reader’s art. But if I hadn’t read them, I’d feel the same way you do about this issue.

    • Good to know. I find we, generally, have similar opinions on comics. So, if I can’t find the first six issues in floppy (and it’s unlikely I will at this point), I’ll check out the trade.

      I think if they switched to traditional paneling, I might have enjoyed this. If I could deconstruct each page and remake it, I would.

  2. I thought for the first time that someone has been very honest on this title. I myself find myself still purchasing this and really I am expecting something to happen that will get me intrested, I do not see that happening and it really is not a comic for me. So I will not be buying anymore Batwoman from here on out!


    • I’m lucky to be able to read comics before buying them, so I’ll probably, at the very least, flip through it periodically. Hopefully it will work out the kinks soon. I’d love to be wowed when Williams III goes back on art duty.

  3. I’d guess that the “creative differences” were in regards to these layouts. Maybe Williams wanted to keep them up, and Reeder was less adept at it and realized it? Just a thought.

    • That could be. Reeder is an excellent artist. I like the idea of visually interesting panel layouts that challenge the norm, and think Reeder has the talent to pull it off. It just wasn’t pulled off in this particular issue.

  4. I guess I may be in the minority here, but I enjoy the intricate panel layouts. I think it makes for a more interesting visual read.

    • I love the idea of the intricate panel layouts. But, in this particular issue, I found them distracting to the story.

  5. And I still have yet to read “Elegy.” I keep hearing it’s good (maybe even better than this run) so I guess I better find some money and buy it.

    • The first two arcs of Batwoman were two of my favorite examples of comics as art. It really is almost unfair to have to try and follow them up.

  6. On a weird sidenote, how do you go about posting reviews on here? I can’t seem to find any directions.

    • Two ways:

      Go to the “Your Comics” page–the link is at the top next to “Log Out”–and you’ll see a list of the books you pulled. Next to each book it says “Write a Review”

      On the Comics page, after you’ve pulled a book, a link appears that says “Write a Review”

  7. Got it. Thanks alot.

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