Review- BATWOMAN #39

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Another disappointing issue of Batwoman continues its chilling descent into the end of the book’s run. With Maggie now pulling Nocturna into an investigation, Red Alice braves the wrath of her sister to play the hero field with Batwoman.

11016376_980449345306644_1472188377_nSo much is wrong with this issue I don’t even know where to start. Marc Andreyko has produced his usual issue of inconsistencies, starting a whole new investigation by Maggie into Nocturna’s family in the middle of an ending series. There is also no need for the Morgan le Fay story or the Unknowns. It’s just made a mess of the series and is incredibly boring to boot. These characters have nothing connecting them to Batwoman or her own internal story. The constant bashing of Kate and Maggie’s relationship is being forced in our faces each week and it’s not only distressing to read but it feels like a slap in the face of every fan out there. I don’t know why Andreyko couldn’t let this sleeping dog lie and just finish the story on a plausible note.

11004092_980449321973313_897313157_nGeorge Jeanty does his best with the story as he does draw the woman beautifully. I do think his work on Red Alice is stunning and is the only saving grace to the issue. I can at least say that he puts the respect and attention into the characters despite the grinding of the issue’s story line on readers’ eyes.

Positives

11005777_980449275306651_95346731_nRed Alice, Red Alice and again Red Alice. Her verbal ass-kicking of Nocturna was the best part of this issue. Finally a character with the balls to stand up to that psychotic woman and put her under the watchful eyes of the only slightly less insane family member Kate has.

Negatives

10994821_980449415306637_1643913159_nAnd here we go again. The long string of bad writing continues in the issue as we have now got Maggie involved in a new investigation knowing full well we have one issue left of this story. And why has no one questioned the fact that Nocturna is still an escaped inmate from Arkham? How does everyone know she’s Nocturna? It’s confusing as hell to have so many story loopholes that make absolutely no sense. And this is the tip of the iceberg. Batwoman who once was a strong fighting woman is now a worrying shell not worthy enough to don the uniform. The once proud warrior spends most of her time cowering and relying on her “vampire” voice to shut everyone up. It feels like the Kate that was once displayed on our pages has long since disappeared and now we have an impostor that stands in her stead.

Verdict

Batwoman now runs toward the inevitable end of Kate Kane as the last issue looms over this story. It’s hard to tell if this nightmare will end as it has been going or if maybe killing Kate off was the only option left. If you are a true Batwoman fan the end is near and it’s not a positive one.

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Rating

rating1outof5

  • Amani Cooper

    Everything you’ve written here is truth. I can/t believe this has happened to such a strong character. Why are they dragging it out like this. I feel like hurling and crying But I have to stick with it to the bitter end.

  • Paul May

    Moments of Andreyko’s run have been enjoyable, but most of it is exactly as you say. How does everyone just happen to know who Nocturna is? Why are there so many random characters in this arc? It reads like a fanfic of some author’s hodgepodge of personal favorite characters in a super-mega-crossover that couldn’t develop the clout to convince any other DC titles to participate. Talk of pidgeon-holing this amazingly strong and independent heroine into Birds of Prey just fills me with more dread. If I didn’t love her background so much, I’d say she’s better off dead.