Since the first issue 5 months ago, I’ve found myself looking forward to the next with an eagerness I’ve not felt since those early days of 2000AD when I was a kid. And, as with Tharg the Mighty‘s old esteemed organ, wishing Batwoman made a weekly appearance rather than a monthly one too.
However, every issue has been worth the wait, with Williams III’s beautiful painterly art deserving the critical praise heaped upon it; and both his and Haden Blackman’s bold and non-exploitative characterisation and script giving Kate Knight and her companions much more depth than the average two-dimensional comicbook hero.
Indeed, Batwoman‘s story – the first arc of which concludes with this issue – has a maturity and complexity to it that is no doubt attracting the attention of the Hollywood scriptwriters: though it’s hard to imagine how any medium other than comics could achieve this level of visual and dramatic allure.
A short title, the first few pages of Batwoman #5 see Kate facing the supernatural child-snatching foe she’s been tracking for five issues – as well as some inner demons of her own. Here, Williams III’s signature art style shines, with double-page panels flowing around the narrative and action and creating something quite unique.
The second part of the book deals with a choice Kate is forced to make, and one which promises to have serious ramifications. Driven by a desire to do the right thing, but with her options severely limited, it looks like Batwoman will be treading a lonely – and dangerous – path in the months to come.
And I’m already counting the days until #6…