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Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka

Batwoman: Elegy (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Greg Rucka, JH Williams III (Illustrator)

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Title:Batwoman: Elegy
Authors:Greg Rucka
Other authors:JH Williams III (Illustrator)
Info:DC Comics (2011), Paperback, 192 pages
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Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka (2010)

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A cracking deeper introduction to a character I'd only previously encountered in a supporting role, this fast-paced book took me from "Who is this person?" to "Holy balls, Kate Kane kicks arse!" in short order. The art is amazing - though there were a few distracting nipples early on, considering her suit is meant to be bullet-proof - and the script sizzles. Relationships are drawn, defined and destroyed in pages, with more emotional impact than some TV shows manage in an entire series. This is not a detective story, it's a war story, and one about loss and revenge. I want to read more about Kate Kane. ( )
  labcoatman | Feb 6, 2014 |
I first read Greg Rucka's stint on Batwoman in the Detective Comics #854-860, and I was truly excited to get it collected in this graphic novel. Because, like everyone else, I was truly impressed by the sheer originality and versatility in the art by J.H. Williams III, together with the beautiful coloring by Dave Stewart. Furthermore, I became in love with the thought-provoking take on the Batwoman character as written by Greg Rucka (hands down!). His storytelling is so rich with detail and humanity that, in turn, makes Batwoman so utterly likable and relatable due to her personality. In making the Batwoman lesbian (and giving her that cool and retro-rockabilly look as well), he truly scored with the realism which can be a rarity in superhero comics. In truth, Rucka understands female characters and I look so much forward to seeing more female creations from him. However, like everyone else, I was quite saddened when I heard that he would not continue on the Batwoman title, but would do creator-owned work. Something I can understand and support.

If you want to read one of the essential and most brilliant comic books to come out this year, then this is a must read.
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  classicmaiden | Jul 8, 2013 |
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. The story, the genesis of the character, the absolutely exquisite artwork. This really is one of my favorite graphic novels ever. Kate Kane has the intensity, strength, drive and darkness to be a hero in Gotham and she is a character who is likely to be held in great affection by female readers encountering their first female superhero. I wish could be a teenager again and have this be my first foray into graphic novels - I would be giddy with glee (mind you, Death in the Family made a pretty huge impression of its own).

Great read. ( )
  h_d | Mar 31, 2013 |
This was the first GN I had read about Batwoman. I enjoyed the strong character (former marine with a tragic past) and the storyline involving her twin sister. ( )
  District13 | Feb 13, 2013 |
Full review posted on Across the Litoverse

Kate Kane has taken over as Gotham City's caped crusader in the wake of Batman's apparent death in the DC event Final Crisis. Kane's a former marine, forced out of the U.S. Armed forces under the tenets of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a policy barring gay and lesbian soldiers from serving openly in the military; however, her drive to protect Gotham, and her desire to overthrow a mysterious cult that tried to kill her six months earlier, motivates Kane to transform herself into the vigilante Batwoman.

As Kane rises to power, a new madwoman and her minions threaten the good citizens of Gotham with a toxic death cloud and an unrelenting urge for chaos. But Alice—the Lewis Carroll–quoting High Madame of the Religion of Crime—has more than poison in her arsenal, and the dizzying revelations she carries will alter Batwoman's life forever…

To start, I have to praise J.H. Williams III and his remarkable, panel-shattering artwork. Whenever Kane dons her iconic suit and takes to the crime-filled streets of Gotham, readers are treated to non-linear fight scenes saturated with Kane's taste for blood-red accents, and the very layout of Williams's panels take on a highly-stylized, shattered design that begs for hours of careful study.

Of course, due credit should be given to author Greg Rucka who's been praised for his nuanced, thoughtful depiction of Kate Kane, the modern incarnation of Batwoman herself. Here, Rucka takes the time to explore the motivations behind Kane's vigilantism and fills out her backstory with salient political issues, namely her dishonourable discharge under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." She's sacrificed a career with the armed forces to live an honest life, and her aim to bring justice to Gotham's streets makes perfect sense in this context. When it comes to personable, complicated superheroines, I can think of no better vigilante to start with than Batwoman.

Ideal for: Readers craving lush, groundbreaking artwork and a capable, complicated superheroine; Folks who'd like to see LGBTQ issues rendered in a thoughtful, action-packed story arc; DC fans and members of the Bat-clan. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Greg Ruckaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, J. H., IIIIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maddow, RachelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kate Kane transforms herself into Batwoman and battles a madwoman who calls herself Alice, after the character Alice in Wonderland, and thinks that everyone in Gotham is expendable in the fairy tale she has created.

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