Graphic Novel Review: Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman

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Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (illustrated by Amy Reeder and Richard Friend, colored by Dave Stewart) is a graphic novel, part of the New 52 even which begins the Batwoman series.  This graphic novel collects issues 0-5 of Batwoman.

  • 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234658

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My rat­ing for Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology  — 4
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Thoughts:
This graphic novel is not the first I read of DC’s New 52 reboot, but I haven’t read many others either. Not being able to keep up with weekly doses of multiple storylines, I resorted to patiently wait until I get my hands on collected editions and am able to immerse myself in the story.

A friend at work kept telling me of how good the story-line is, so when he offered me a chance to borrow the graphic novel Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (illustrated by Amy Reeder and Richard Friend, colored by Dave Stewart), I jumped at the opportunity.
And I’m glad I did.

I really enjoyed this story-line, a troubled hero (seems like they all are these days) who thinks she’s going to solve some societal problems while taking out her angst on everyone around while protected behind a mask. I have to admit the story-line is a bit confusing, but I admire the choice of the writers to start the story from the middle and am hoping more of the development and background will be fleshed out in the next graphic novel.

The art in the books is very good but inconsistent. I sometimes think that the artists had to choose between story and art, they decided to err on the side of art. I can understand the choice but it makes several pages difficult to read and enjoy.
Also, Kate Kane (Batwoman) is so pale it’s annoying.

A great start to a new series, I’m looking forward to read the next issue to find out what happened and where the storytellers take us. Batwoman is an interesting character with  an interesting cast, I believe she is in good hands.

Synopsis:
Kate Kane, ex West Pointer, Army brat and current lesbian takes up the mantle of Batwoman (unrelated to the Batman but capitalizing on his lore) to take up the villains of Gotham City’s underworld. Being a super-heroine isn’t easy, especially with Kate’s complicated personal life.

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Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I borrowed this graphic novel from a friend
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