Talk about a gut wrencher! Is this comic even a comic anymore, because… quite frankly, Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III have acheived something that all comics should strive for: a tight story that isn’t really that contrived and beautiful artwork that really could be hung up in galleries.
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The beautiful brush work opens this comic in the past of Kate Kane’s life where it seriously looks like Williams has been reading a ton of independent graphic novels to acheive this beautiful and engrossing look. When the comic switches to the pseudo present with Kate super pissed at her dad for a certain lie, the art style completely changes… and yet the switch seems smooth and not jilting.
There’s been a shitload of praise for the art of this book, but I believe that Greg Rucka deserves a lot of credit too. He’s crafted a story that’s deeply engrossing. Starting a second story arc on the longest running comic with most of the story predominately in the past is a risky move, but it truly pays off. Kate’s past life is troubled and we’re starting to see why she became Batwoman without Greg Rucka really slamming it home to us.
Frankly, I’ve sort of run out of things to say about this comic because it’s just too damn good… You really have to just read it yourself to find out.
Yes, I know… I debated about the coveted 5 star review… but even in retrospect (since this comic came out a couple weeks ago) this comic still holds up as good as it was the first time I read it.