Comic book reviews for Batwoman #20, Batwoman #21, and Batwoman #22 by J.H. Williams, W. Haden Blackman, Trevor McCarthy, Sandu Florea, and Francesco Francavilla
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars
Batwoman #20 by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman
Art: Trevor McCarthy and Sandu Florea
I really love the ending to this issue. I’ve been wanting for a very long time to have Batwoman have an entire team under her, and now she does: her family. Not that she was probably expecting that to happen. I love Jake, Catherine, Bette, and Maggie all coming together to help Kate save Beth and get her the help she needs.
I like that the next step in this plot is a small one. Gotham isn’t in major trouble. There’s no super baddy coming over to bother Batwoman and her family.
Instead, it’s time for Kate to go face-to-face with Director Bones and Chase. Should be interesting. Especially given that I know Williams loves both Chase and Kate. Can’t wait to see what happens next.
My only complaint about this issue was the art was sketchy. It showed that McCarthy was in a hurry and Florea came in behind to fill in the gaps.
Batwoman #21 by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman
Art: Francesco Francavilla
While I’m not surprised (because when does any Gotham villain or hero actually die), Killer Croc coming back from his experience turning in Hydra was pretty crazy. Interesting that it was Abbott’s crew who rescued him from his death. I can’t help but wonder how many more of Ceto’s creatures they took in.
It does set me on edge that he was able to be redeemed. Or at least in some way walk away from everything he’d done with as little damage as possible. (Though I find it completely unbelievable that he’d be able to reproduce given eating radioactive stuff was one of his hobbies.)
Batwoman’s also all about backup these days. She has very stubborn family.
Batwoman #22 by J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman
Art: Trevor McCarthy
We can probably put down “tracking and capturing Bane” as a very dangerous task. I’m kind of glad that they didn’t go into the specifics of if Bane was still using as I want the Secret Six version of him alive and well. Though Williams and Blackman did keep him in line about what he would actually say about taking down Batman.
I’m still wondering what the DEO is actually trying to do by getting Batman.
I loved the training of Bette. I love Catherine believing in her and Jake bringing in the Crows to train her. And that they are all going after Alice/Beth. I assume Kate will be the distraction and Bette the rescue. So freaking good.