Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Batwoman #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

Time To Get a Watch

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 18, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Normally I have to start these reviews by picking up from the previous issue and how it was beyond disappointing and how it is a blessing that the book is being cancelled. However, this month I get a bit of a reprieve. The reason for this is because the last issue was actually pretty good. It wasn’t perfect or anything but it gave us a satisfying end to a long series of events that we had been reading for over a year. Granted, most of that long series of events was contrived and pretty lame but, to each their own. Now, we are coming off of what is probably the best issue of this series and we have only two issue left before our series comes to an end. Lets see how the first of these last two issues will turn out by diving right in and seeing for ourselves.

We begin with Kate’s monologue about time and it’s importance. How it is the first possession that you have when you are born. Meanwhile, Renee Montoya is chasing down a perpetrator. She chases him down a fire escape and lands on him before he gets away. Pills spill out from his hands as he falls down. It turns out that it was not a man at all but a clockwork person who has been subdued at this point. We catch up with Kate. It has been three months since the events of the previous issue and Kate is looking to finally put down roots. We learn that our team are still on good terms. Kate has forgiven Julia because she understands why she did what she did. Meanwhile, there is now a giant glass wall in the middle of Kate’s apartment. Half of the apartment serves as Beth’s holding room until they are able to find out how to deal with her other personality, Alice.

Batman has dived deeper into his work after the events of Batman #50. This means Kate is on call a lot too but she immediately hops into action when she sees a news report about GCPD coming under attack. At the police department, we see another clockwork person attacking the officers and Renee Montoya. Batwoman bursts through the window and the fight begins. The clockwork person is resilient and gets an upper hand over Batwoman but Renee is able to save her giving enough of a distraction for Batwoman to defeat the living clock. Kate and Renee catch up a little bit before Renee gives her the rundown on case. The living clocks are selling street drugs that people claim helps them see a little bit into the future. Criminals have been using them to pull off more successful crimes.

Kate then visits cold storage to analyze the gear that she was given by Renee but while she’s down there, Kate visits an old friend. Safiyah is being held in cold storage. Kate confronts her about Fatima and comes to the revelation that Fatima is Safiyah’s daughter. After discovering this, Kate frees Safiyah from her shackles and allows her to go free. Safiyah asks Kate to come with her and pick up where they left off. Kate refuses and then leaves to check the analysis. Whatever she finds, she discovers that it leads to a bit of a fancy dinner party and Kate invites Renee to go along with her so that she can discover the evil plot. The party goes on and Kate dances with Renee before they are interrupted by the host: The Clock King. He knows that Batwoman is at his party and tells his clockwork minions to kill her. This is where the issue leaves us.

This issue is really boring. It’s not the worst thing in the world but most of the issue feels like an epilogue issue that is running too long. That’s honestly what it kind of is. I think they tacked on these final two issues to fill out a trade and so we are getting a two issue epilogue rather than a full fledged storyline. They might do something to make us excited in the final issue but this issue basically just tells us where everything is after the most recent storyline. The issue ties up those loose ends and starts a pretty predictable story. I mean, who didn’t see Clock King coming? This is just going to be a disappointing two-part story. Hopefully we will get a nice ending in the final issue.

Bits and Pieces

This issue is beyond boring. It’s a basic premise that is being stretched out to fill a trade. If we’re being honest, this probably should have been the final issue with all the aspects of an epilogue that are strung throughout the issue. All the loose ends from the previous storyline are being tied up and it really feels like an ending that doesn’t have a proper end. It’s left a bad taste in my mouth.


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