Since Jason had a lot of studying to do this Saturday, I spent much of the day re-reading issues of comics about my favorite character: Batwoman. J.H. Williams III is an incredible artist and I love what he does with this comic book. I first fell in love with the work he did in Batwoman: Elegy:
Your eye snakes through the pictorial mazes and word bubbles, until you realize you have spent at least twice as much time soaking in each page as you would on most comic books. The only way I can describe it is visual poetry.
Not only is the artwork incredible, but the writing is wonderful too. Though things could get a little cheesy when she battles a ghost type figure (Batwoman #1 – 5) and such, Haden Blackman writes it in a way that allows me to look beyond the supernatural and suspend my disbelief. Batwoman’s battles as a vigilante are amazing, but the care put into her alter ego, Kate Kane’s, story is just as engaging if not more so. Kate was an Army soldier until she was discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it was found out that she was a lesbian. This character is a great LGBTQ role model and few of the LGBTQ characters in comic books. Her lesbianism is treated the same way any comic book characters love life would be treated and does not feel like a novelty.
After being discharged, Kate decides to serve and protect the only way she believes she can, by becoming Batwoman. I won’t say much beyond this in case any of my amazing readers is interested in reading Elegy or any of the New 52 Batwoman comics.
Here is my version of Batwoman, I am no J.H. Williams III, but I think it turned out pretty good: