Review: Batwoman #3

The most beautiful book in the DCU continues to be amazing.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Batwoman #3

In case you missed it before, just looking at how beautiful J.H. Williams III's artwork is in Batwoman #3 should convince you to start picking up this series.  The fact that the story he's crafted with W. Haden Blackman is tense and compelling as well is almost just a bonus.

Kate Kane is Batwoman.  Director Bones of the U.S. Government's Department of Extranormal Operations has sent Agent Cameron Chase to track her down and unmask her to prove this fact.  She's also trying to stop some spectral killer known as the Weeping Woman, who has just nearly drowned her literally and figuratively with her own life's scarring trauma and loss.  The mounting danger, including being wanted for a felony in breaking into the police department for information, has driven her to detonate her last standing relationship with anyone in her family – her sidekick-in-training Bette Kane – in order to protect her from it.  This drives her into the arms of one of the cops who wants her alter ego apprehended, and it drives Bette to resume her previous hero identity as Flamebird to try and do what Batwoman couldn't… and that's bound to lead to trouble.

It's the same mantra every time out – the layouts are imaginative, artful and brilliant, always giving you something new and unique to see with all the layers there are to examine.  The characters are interesting, the dynamics are different and anything involving Mr. Bones already has several points in its favor.  There's really nothing not to like in this series.  It's true, Batwoman had more lead time than the other New 52s, and we'll have to see if a book this detailed and love-labored can keep up this level of quality in the monthly schedule grind.  For now, though, just love what we've got – which features a hero with all sorts of personal issues up against a villain she's pretty much powerless to stop. 

There's no way anybody has any idea where this story is going besides Williams and Blackman themselves, but it's an involving and breathtaking ride to wherever they're taking us.