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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (15 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234652
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truly a work of art." - "USA Today" "The most satisfying read of the new DC 52." - "The New York Times" "Visually stunning." - "Entertainment Weekly" "Absolutely enjoyable. . . Batwoman has the bragging rights of the best all around artistic team on any of DC's New 52. From Williams to Dave Stewart on colors and Todd Klein on letters, these guys are as pro as it gets and it shows. a tour de force of superheroics, mystery, and sheer artistic glory" - "IGN," 9.0 rating "Put away your misconceptions about female heroines and pick up this book." -"Complex Magazine" "Make no mistake about it, the plots handled by Blackman and Williams are fantastic, but it's Williams' art that's the real highlight here...these pages could be hung up in a museum." - "Complex Magazine" "Gorgeous, stylized and unique...the story's pretty much non-stop." - "Publishers Weekly" "The bottom line: it is an excellent book." - "PopMatters" "There is action, detective work, personal conflict born of both romance and animosity, and internal discord rooted in hubris, innocence, and wrath. In short, this series has the makings of an all-time classic." - "IGN" "J.H. Williams' art is still just as stunning as it ever was. Highly recommend for Bat-fans." - "Ain't It Cool News" "The kind of evocative writing that could open a great horror movie or novel. And the art is painterly and gorgeous." -"Time Out Chicago" "This is graphic storytelling unlike any other book on the stands right now...every new page is another rousing success. Seriously rousing: I want to cheer when I read this book, it's so good." - "The Onion AV Club" "It's an astounding usage of the comics medium." - "Comic Book Resources" "Williams and co-writer W. Haden Blackman show exactly how one relaunches a title for new and old readers...Simply put, BATWOMAN is the superhero comic, perfected." - "Newsarama"

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J.H. Williams entered the comics field in 1991 and immediately began getting attention for his finely crafted work on such titles as "Batman," "Starman" and "Seven Soldiers of Victory." William's went on to co-create and pencil the hit series "Promethea" with comics legend Alan Moore. His recent works include "Batman: The Black Glove" with Grant Morrison and "Batman: Detective" with Paul Dini.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2012
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Batwoman is Kate Kane, the wealthy daughter of a retired army general, discharged from West Point Military Academy because of her homosexuality under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", and turned to a life of vigilantism after the untimely deaths of her mother and sister.

Artist JH Williams III turns his hand to writing with co-author W Haden Blackman and the results are pretty good. The book opens with an interesting introduction to Batwoman through the eyes of Batman before introducing the book's villains and plot. And here's where the book for me falls down.

Like the last Batwoman book I read, "Elegy", she is still chasing after a criminal organisation called the Religion of Crime and thrown into this mix are the were-animals where human and animal DNA are fused to create some strange looking creatures. New for this story arc is the main villain, a female murderer ghost avenging the deaths of her drowned kids and a talking skeleton called, imaginatively, Mr Bones.

The problem I have with Batwoman is not the extensive macabre and supernatural elements that go into her story but the lack of a strong nemesis. She doesn't have a Joker and the dull villains she fights aren't that well-constructed making for a weaker story overall. I mean, ghosts and talking skeletons - what is this, Scooby Doo?

As with other "New 52" titles, I take issue with DC claiming they have rebooted the franchise. It doesn't really introduce the character to a new audience so much as it assumes the reader has prior knowledge and goes from there. This book is best read after reading "Batwoman: Elegy" which explains her current relationship with her father in "Hydrology" as well as who the doll-like girl haunting her is. In fact, "Hydrology" could well be "Elegy"'s sequel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squirrelzilla TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2013
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This volume reprints issues #0-5 of the `New 52' Batwoman comic book. This is a beautifully-illustrated book, with excellent writing; but, the main story running through issues #1-5 contains a supernatural element that simply doesn't work for me, which would normally mean a four-star rating from me, but the rest of the book more than makes up for it. The main action-related story involvs an apparently supernatural agency - the Weeping Woman - who is kidnapping and killing children; the sub-plots, as we used to call them, involve the growing relationship between Kate Kane and Detective Maggie Sawyer, who is also tasked with solving the missing children case, and with capturing Batwoman; the non-relationship with her now-estranged father Jacob, over the family secrets exposed in their previous adventure; and Kate's cousin Bette, formerly Flamebird, who is in town to be trained by Kate:
Bette: Where's my Flamebird costume?"
Kate: " I burned it."
Bette; What! Why?"
Kate: "You don't need that garish costume... you need a uniform."

The Department of Extranormal Operations is taking an interest in Batwoman, as a result of her previous adventure involving a "terrorist act in the skies over Gotham harbour", classified by Jacob Kane as secret to prevent anyone investigating, and the appearance of a new criminal organisation called Medusa in Gotham, and Agent Chase is tasked with sorting it all out, and bringing Batwoman under their control.

And Batman has a job offer for Batwoman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 July 2012
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A few years ago, The NY Times and NPR--which writes frequently on the graphic novel phenomena--both ran stories about DC's decision to create/ incorporate gay & lesbian characters in their roster of superheroes. The initial news, as I remembered it, was that DC chose a prominent female character to "out."

The big question, when news like this occurs, is that there's a deliberate attempt to kill many birds with one stone. So, you'd have that industry produce a character that's of a certain ethnic distinction, of certain religious, age, disability and sexual orientation--all rolled up into one, so they can claim they're diversified!

Batwoman, not to be confused (as I was) with "Batgirl" also another woman closely connected to Batman. But, "Batwoman" was the first woman, despite several character re-writes, who fought alongside Batman.

Batwoman (2012) is a completely different heroine from the one written of 50 years ago. This woman is in her twenties, an army veteran, and no direct relations to Bruce Wayne.

But what's important here is that the reader respects and is intrigued by a heroine who's NOT cut from the same Hollywood cloth (i.e., Wonder Woman) but lives and thinks on her own. She offers no explanation and offers no apology and, much like Stieg Larsson's "Lisbeth," you're immediately fascinated with "Kate Kane" because she's not written as being pre-occupied with re-acting to people shortcomings, but she's solely determined to create her own life and to right the wrongs in her community.

The novel, expertly illustrated in full-color panels, is a collection of the first 5-issues of the series and revolves around Kane's investigating the disappearance and death of the town's children.
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