Sunday, December 21, 2014

Batwoman #37 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Rhyme Thyme

I don't like being the Harbinger of Doom, but a month ago I pleaded with people to support this book.  I know that in the whole scheme of things, my effort was to little (even microscopic) and also very late, but I point it out to show you how much I like this book.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm sorry to tell you that Batwoman has been canceled.  This story arc and the book will end in March.  Andreyko and company better get going because after this month, we don't seem any closer to Batwoman in Space.

Last month's issue of Batwoman was all about Etrigan and Ragman.  We know that they join up with Batwoman (in Space!), so the story is all about how they get there.  Unfortunately, it's taking a bit more than I expected.  This month we get a whole lot of the rymin' and stealin' Etrigan while he interacts with Jason Blood and Batwoman.  It looks like Jason Blood is just a footnote here as Batwoman and Etrigan fight, rhyme and jump out windows together.  In the end, it looks like Etrigan may just be the way that Kate rids herself of Nocturna's grip.  Thank God.

Andreyko gives us a little more of Ragman and it ties into one of the other team members, Clayface.  While I found Clayface's entrance into the story very bizarre, I like how it ties in with Ragman.  It involves that amulet from the first issue of the arc and just wait until you see what happens.  I said the team formation has been slow, but the villain is now on the scene.  All this happens as Ragaman looks on and I'm anticipating what he will do in response.

Between all of this are a couple of really odd scenes involving Kate and Nocturna.  It's obvious that Nocturna is controlling Kate and I'm really hoping Etrigan ends it because I hate it.  I haven't enjoyed the Nocturna story at all and if you ask me, it smells like a failed experiment.  Just back out of it, Marc and we'll pretend it never happened.  I promise.

Overall, this issue was just okay.  The whole arc has pacing issues and now that I know that the book is ending in March, I want it to get down to business now more than ever.  I am still interested in seeing how everything plays out, but not as interested as I was at the beginning of the arc.

I really didn't like Georges Jeanty's art this issue.  It lacks detail and some of the character work is suspect at best.  I;m hoping it improves next month because it is not doing the story any favors.

Bits and Pieces:

I wish I could recommend this issue, but I can't.  The pacing is off and the art just isn't that good.  I hope that Marc Andreyko and Georges Jeanty pick up the pace and end the series with the killer issues that the character and her fans deserve.  This issue wasn't one of those.


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