Wednesday, July 1, 2009

JONJ Recommends: Jewish, Lesbian Batwoman

Happy Comic Book Day everyone!

As promised in a previous post, we picked up the new Detective Comics (#854, cover shown above) featuring Batwoman last week and...y'know what? It's pretty darn good.

Rucka's writing is crisp and his treatment of the character is well-rounded. The token "check it out, she's a lesbian!" stuff is actually handled fairly deftly and like (*gasp*) a real relationship and not just something played for shock value or laughs. It's an enjoyable read and Rucka makes Batwoman feel like an interesting character.

But the art is where the book really shines. J.H. Williams draws quite the dramatic layout that uses the panels to convey action, not just carry it. Batwoman is striking,the settings are complex, and the whole thing never misses a beat.

Of course, I'm not a comics reviewer by trade, so if you're looking for more coherent criticism you can try here and here.

It's not perfect (our Jewish heroine has tattoos!?), but it's worth your time/money, even if you only have the slightest inclination.

JONJ Rating: 4 / 5.

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