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Batwoman: Elegy [Hardcover]

Greg Rucka
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Book Description

6 July 2010 Batwoman
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras!

Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City -- but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman's life will never ever be the same again.

Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story "Go," in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate's life - and the lives of her family - will never be the same!


Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (6 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226923
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18.1 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Greg Rucka is the bestselling author of nearly a dozen novels published in the US. He has also written several short stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world's best-known characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Punisher. ALPHA is the first thriller in the Jad Bell series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.

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"* "Spectacular - the kind of adventure story that you race through the first time and return to, to pore over slowly." - " --PW Comics Week --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Greg Rucka's work as a writer includes Whiteout and Queen and Country, Elektra, Batman, 52 and Checkmate. J. H. Williams III is the acclaimed illustrator of Chase, Jonah Hex, Batman and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a perfect female superhero 14 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Batwoman is a fantastic character, whilst having the prefix "bat" she is obviously living in the shadow of Bruce Wayne, that is, to her.
To the reader Batwoman stands proudly on her own with no assistance from her male influence necessary. Batwoman. Kicks. Ass.
There's a saddening trend in comics; when a female superhero is placed into the spotlight, her enemies will be small-time, her personal issues will be trivial and her victories will be unimpressive. Not anymore, Batwoman is completely unhampered by the unfair archetypes set by the comics industry. Everything that she is and fights for is fully realized and effectively explained, writer Greg Rucka deserves all the acclaim he gets. His stoic, but touching writing style is matched tenfold by the psychotropic beauty of J.H Williams' art. This is one very, very sexy book, William's approach is so fluid and indulgeant that I was reminded of cel-shaded animation from recent game titles.
The one and only flaw that I can find with Batwoman: Elegy was the villain, whilst her backstory and motives were accurately described I felt, and still feel that her gimmick is dated. Alice in Wonderland is done, the story and concept has been completely drained dry by just about every creative media there is, with varying results. I only hope her inevitable return in future Batwoman titles will see a reinvention of her character into a deadlier, less-intentionally tedious threat.
Nevertheless this was an absolute pleasure to read and I urge others to do so as well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely essential bat-purchase 7 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
With the various new bat-titles and re-launches that came under the 'Batman: Reborn' banner after Bruce Wayne's 'death' I was essentially interested in Batman and Robin. Batwoman? Pah, I thought, that's going to suck! And I didn't really think of it much after that.

Then I saw an issue. My jaw hit the floor. Williams III's art is simply gorgeous and the story crafted by Rucka is tremendous. I was so impressed that I tracked down every issue I'd missed (at inflated prices as the printings had all sold out!) and each new monthly issue was at the top of my reading list. As you have no doubt guessed Batwoman was good enough to warrant me buying a collected edition on top of the individual issues. (Nothing beats a nice hardback on the bookshelf.)

I'm not going to go indepth into plot or artistic styles, there's a blurb at the top and a simple google will provide you with some examples of interior panels that my feeble words have no business in trying describe. Simply put 'Batwoman: Elegy' is an incredibly exciting and intelligent read.

If, like me, you thought Batwoman would be just another generic title in an overcrowded marketplace, buy this now and be proven wrong in the best possible way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Origins? 29 Dec 2013
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This Batwoman series runs through DC Comics' eponymous Detective Comics issues #854-860 , collected as Batwoman TP Vol 01 Elegy. These stories are scripted by Greg Rucka and drawn by JH Williams III. I am most familiar with Greg Rucka's work on the Queen and Country comic book, and JH Williams' work on Starman. I had no prior knowledge of this Batwoman, though I remember the `original' Batwoman, also named Kathy Kane (and the original Batgirl, in the red dress). I picked this up in my local library out of curiosity. It is a very interesting read, and the artwork is superb. The back-story is explained clearly enough, though whether the origin told here is new or already known, I have no idea. However, it is an excellent book from the current Batman Family universe.

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#854: "Agitato" - The Batwoman is hunting informers for information on the Religion of Crime, as they have a new leader, who is due to arrive in Gotham soon, where there are 13 covens waiting for her; Batman shows up for a chat, then it is home for breakfast with someone who Kate appears to be in a relationship with, but not any longer, as it has been one late night too many...then home to her father, colonel Jacob Kane, who is reviewing the logs of the nights escapades, and then fills in a bit of back-story - Kate was stabbed in the heart during a past confrontation with the Religion of Crime, and is still recovering. However, some new secret military handgun cheers her up, and then she's off to scare up some more information on the new head of the Religion of Crime. Eventually she finds the new High Madame, a White Queen lookalike called Alice, and promptly shoots her...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Origins? 16 Jan 2012
By Gareth Simon TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This volume reprints DC Comics' eponymous Detective Comics issues #854-860. This volume is scripted by Greg Rucka and drawn by JH Williams III. I am most familiar with Greg Rucka's work on the Queen and Country comic book, and JH Williams' work on Starman. I had no prior knowledge of this Batwoman, though I remember the `original' Batwoman, also named Kathy Kane (and the original Batgirl, in the red dress). I picked this up in my local library out of curiosity. It is a very interesting read, and the artwork is superb. The back-story is explained clearly enough, though whether the origin told here is new or already known, I have no idea. However, it is an excellent book from the current Batman Family universe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Batwoman: An interesting take on the B grade character.
Wonderful art but this is a pale comic book character in every sense of the word. I shall temper my judgement in view of the fact that she is still a mere 'fledgling' compared to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. T. Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous artwork
Bought this mainly for the artwork which is stunning. I particularly like the change in styles between the batwoman sections and the kate sections. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stella K
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift
As a gift this has been on the persons wish list for over a year. Last year the item was ordered and although informed it could be provided never materialised. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janice Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, great product
After giving my own copy of this to a friend I found it difficult to track down a new one that was affordable, this was the cheapest I could find and I was really surprised by the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars a graphic novel from a lesbian world view
This is an awesome comic book! It's about a female, lesbian superhero, and is the first that actually seems to have been written from the perspective of actual lesbian people... Read more
Published 17 months ago by gabrielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Daring, Unapologetic and Provocative. BATWOMAN: ELEGY: A...
In June, I received the new volume of Batwoman called "Hydrology."

This was, I thought, the 1st edition of the re-vamped character/storylines from DC's archives from its... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andre Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Origins?
This volume reprints DC Comics' eponymous Detective Comics issues #854-860. This volume is scripted by Greg Rucka and drawn by JH Williams III. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by Gareth Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and interesting new crime comic
This is the first collected edition of Batwoman, a new Batman-related character that appeared a few years ago. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by SteveA (UK)
5.0 out of 5 stars Batwoman: Represents some of the world that Selina Kyle could not.
When i saw this book and purchased it, I did not know anything about the character of batwoman. So I was a little bit apprehensive about her and whether I would get to know her. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by P.A.G
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks aren't enough
I was a bit confused with the book's storyline, this being my first exposure to the world of Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2011 by Noel
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