Don’t read comics? Batwoman could change your mind…

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.


source: DC Comics

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.

Want a taste? Here. A preview over at Newsarama. Batwoman has to figure out why children are disappearing from a barrio. Shades of La Llorona!

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.

Happy reading!

6 comments

  1. I own the Comic Series, 52. I hadn’t read comics since I was a kid, but when I read about the revamped portrayal of Batwoman in the series, as well as the introduction of another prominent lesbian character, Detective Rene Montoya, I knew I had to have it. Some of the artwork is really stunning, and in fact, it was the initial image of Batwoman halfway through Week/Issue #11 that had me hooked.

    It took a while, but I eventually managed to acquire first printings of all 52 issues. I later moved on to Buffy, and somehow missed the continuation of Kate Kane’s story in the 2009 Detective Series. I might have to go back and find them, but in the meantime, I’ll be looking forward the release on the 14th. At $2.99 a pop, it’s entertainment most of us can afford in this lousy economy 🙂

    And yes, I know I owe you an email 😛 but I’m so enthralled with Skulls and Crossbones that I haven’t made time for anything else in my schedule the past few days. Yes, that’s the one I decided to start with – the tone sort of suits my mood of late. It’s dark, but there’s always light on the horizon.

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  2. Well, howdy! Nah, you don’t owe me nuthin’! Just have fun reading and thanks for checking in. I liked that 52 series, too, BTW. Not all the stories in there are dark, either. 8)

    You keep rockin’, okay?

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