Friday, May 29, 2015

Batwoman: Hydrology

Comics aren't just for kids - in fact, some comics aren't for kids at all. Batwoman: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman represents one of the best examples of a comic made for adults, with twists, turns, and compromising positions that you just never thought you'd see Batwoman in when you were a kid.

In case you missed it, a few years ago DC Comics restarted each of it's characters' storylines to try to make them more current and to refresh the storylines. I've read many of the restarts, and to me, this book represents the best of them. It's taken every stereotype of women and superhero and turned them on their heads. Batwoman, otherwise known as Kate Kane, was kicked out of West Point in the days of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Her father is a military leader who is mysteriously involved in the death of Kate's sister, the mad villian known as Alice. She's modern and beautiful and strong and smart, everything you'd want in a superhero.

Despite having an interesting storyline involving a ghost who drags children to a watery grave, the true masterpiece in this title is the art. The drawings are crisp and clear and really enhance the story. A rather intense scene between Kate Kane and Gotham Detective Maggie Sawyer is brilliantly done in muted black and white, leaving a rather intense sexual situation up to your mind to fill in the blanks. Again, it's not written for kids, so be wary of passing this one on to your 10-year-old who loves Batwoman.

If your interested in reading some of the other DC Comic restarts try DC Comics: the New 52. You can start fresh with all those characters that you might have loved in the past, but in a whole new way.

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