Batwoman #13

Batwoman and Wonder Woman’s team up is really quite splendid

I’m going to begin this critique by asking a question:

Why is DC advertising a new high powered electric drill from Craftsman on the inside cover of every book this week?

I guess Craftsman is trying to reach a new demographic, but I couldn’t help but laugh. If I wanted to see a drill advert, I’d get a subscription to woodworkers monthly, or maybe better homes and porches.

Batwoman 13 contained a huge story, printing not only the spoken interactions between the two heroines, but also the thoughts that each of them had throughout the story. Contemplating the other’s place in the world, their demeanor in the face of action, even their appearance. It was nice to be able to get into their heads and see what they actually thought of this team up. And in this book, no thought bubbles allowed. Batwoman’s thoughts where contained in nice red boxes while Wonder Woman’s were housed in small yellow ones, so that no one confused who was thinking what, and it was aesthetically pleasing too.

J.H. Williams draws this series, and his art is nothing short of astounding. The book was comprised completely of two-page spreads, all except for the first and the last page, each showing tremendous detail and giving big panoramic views of the scenery. The art is the main reason I read Batwoman every month, but I highly recommend reading 12 and 13 because the story has been amazing as well.

This story had a lot of elements of horror in it, so if you are into that sort of thing like I am, I advise you to read this story ¬†at night with the lights out and by candle. There are a scenes that lead up to the action that could be straight from a slasher film, and a few frames with enough insects to leave the weak-hearted retching. This is all in addition to the disembodied voice that speaks from a mound of¬†millipedes about Medusa’s revenge while it holds Wonder Woman in its clutches. I couldn’t imagine being in that position. Thankfully Batwoman shows up at the last minute with the right gadget to ward off/destroy this evil specter.

It’s kind of nice that Batwoman doesn’t conform to all of the other bat-related hype occurring across the DCU around this time. A) I don’t have to fight to get a copy of the book because it doesn’t have the Joker’s face on it and B) I’m glad it’s not participating in the Joker story just for the sake of participating in it. It’s not bound by the same conditions that the rest of Gotham’s finest are. It’s the same situation that happened with Night of the Owls. Every bat-book got the Night of the Owls imprint and featured a one issue tie-in to the story except Batwoman. And I’m glad. It was a stretch for Birds of Prey, Dark Knight, Detective, etc. It was a great concept and spawned a cool spinoff, but it’s nice that Batwoman was bound to do a NOTO issue just because it’s got Batwoman in it.

–John

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