Thursday, June 19, 2014

Batwoman #32 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art  by: Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 19, 2014

The Ex Files


Batwoman has existed just outside the main Bat titles.  On one hand, it's disappointing that the major crossovers rarely include Kate and company since it might get more people into this excellent book.  On the other hand, not being tied down by the other books has allowed Marc Andreyko (and J. H. Williams before him) to tell a more personal story that's allowed to breathe.



This month, however, Kate barely gets time to breathe.  This issue should have been called "The Ex Factor" because while Maggie is in Metropolis fighting her Ex for custody of her daughter, Kate runs into her Ex from Military School.  Awkward.  I'm not sure what I think about this side plot, yet.  I know it's there to provide tension between Kate and Maggie, maybe even test their relationship, but it feels a little forced.  I'll give it the time it deserves before calling shenanigans, but color me not yet impressed.

I mentioned last month that I was worried about Nocturna entering the fray against Batwoman.  I'm just not a big fan, but Andreyko is already turning me.  She's sexy, a complete bitch and a vampire.  Two out of three ain't bad.  She's also a great villain for Batwoman and if the future solicits are to be believed, may become more than that.  Unfortunately, when you collect dead husbands like she has, you also collect enemies.  Enemies that want you dead.  The cliffhanger shows that Batwoman isn't the only one vampire hunting in Gotham.

This issue may throw a bunch of plot threads at the reader, but most are new.  You know what that means?  Jumping on point, folks.  Seriously, if you haven't been reading this book, jump on now and I promise you won't be disappointed.

Jeremy Haun's art never seems to disappoint.  He has made this book look so good and this month is no exception.  Andreyko's story is less action, more  interaction and Haun has really done a good job showing expressions and feeling through his art.  It really compliments the story.  I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the awesome cover by Rafael Albuquerque.  It's...well, it's awesome.

Bits and Pieces:

Batwoman #32 sets up a bunch of new plot lines, but is a great jumping on point for new readers.  Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun deserve all the readers they can get and more.  This book is so good because it deals as much (maybe more) with Kate Kane than Batwoman.  Please, if you aren't reading this book give it a try because it's one of the most unique books in the New 52.  Highly Recommended.

8.9/10

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