COMIC READ-A-THON: Batwoman: Elegy

by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III

A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war – one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras!

Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City — but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman’s life will never ever be the same again.

Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story “Go,” in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate’s life – and the lives of her family – will never be the same!

This is number four in my read-a-thon. I was, honest to God, impressed with this one. I seriously almost skipped it because of the art. I didn’t like the way the characters looked because they were so bright with their hair and eyes but so pale with their skin. They sort of looked like monsters. I would have missed out on an amazingly well thought out story. Kate, Batwoman, is admirable and one of the best female characters I’ve read about. She’s gay but wouldn’t lie about it in the military because of integrity. She fights but doesn’t kill because of Batman’s rule. And most importantly she doesn’t bend or break when there are things she finds important.

I have to say by the end of the graphic novel I even began to love the art. It worked really well with the story and honestly nothing else would have worked quite as well.

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