Hi, peeps. This is a seriously stoked blog I’m writing–Carsen was called away on international women of mystery official business, but she checked in and she’s fine. She’ll be back with y’all next week.
All right. So I saw Cliffi’s trying to get readers to branch out and try something different, rather than romance. Well, here’s my recommendation, and I’m freaking so excited about this!
On September 14th (for those of you who have not been paying attention), Issue #1 in the Batwoman series drops. That’s the Batwoman drawn by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman.
Well, so what, you may ask. I’ll tell you what. This is the first time an openly LGBT superhero has her own series through a mainstream publishing house. That’s freakin’ RIGHT, peeps. This is the lesbian Batwoman, who made her debut in 2006. Yes, I know. The original Batwoman was introduced in 1956 (Detective Comics, #233) as a potential love interest for Batman (probably to quell those “what’s up with him and Robin” rumors).
Well, times have changed. And so has Batwoman. Kate Kane is now a hardcore, gritty Gotham crime-fighter with super hot togs who happens to be a lesbian. She’s a former member of the military and has been linked romantically to Gotham City detective Rene Montoya (see the series 52 for that).
There was a freak-out in 2006 over an openly and prominent lesbian superhero (sigh), so plans to launch her own series were put on hold. And then she appeared in a 2009 Detective Comics series, and people started to really dig on her. This debut with her own monthly series comes on the heels of that critically acclaimed 2009 Detective Comics run by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, which was repackaged as the graphic novel Batwoman: Elegy.
source: Fistfight at the Arthouse
J.H. Williams III is considered one of the three greatest comic book writers working today, and he’s played a huge role in the story and artwork of this series. One of the other rotating artists is Amy Reeder, known for her work on Madame Xanadu. See here for some good skinny on Batwoman.
This is herstory, friends. It’s pop culture American herstory, and even if you’re not a superhero/comic geek, this is still big news.
How can you NOT want to check this out? Seriously. Even if you’re not a comic person, you might want to give Batwoman a try, simply because she’s a kick-ass woman doing awesome superhero things.
So that’s my reading tip. Put a little super in your life, and snag Batwoman.