Detective Comics (1937-2011, 2016-Present) #854A

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A new era in the history of DETECTIVE COMICS begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. With a script by Greg Rucka and breath-taking art by JH Williams III, you've never seen anything like this!

Featuring the debut of a new co-feature starring The Question written by Rucka! Odds against you? Alone and nowhere to turn? Willing to fight, but you don't know how? When you're searching everywhere for an answer, sometimes all you need to do is ask the right Question. Renee Montoya again dons the faceless mask to help those in need, all the while searching for her own answers in this new adventure with art by Cully Hamner (BLUE BEETLE).
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Published August, 2009 (Modern Age) by DC Comics and went on sale June 24, 2009 for $3.99 USD. This issue contains 32 pages in Color, the current NM value is $15.00 USD.

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by on 7/11/2009

Cover by J.H. Williams        Cover by J.G. Jones

      Regular Williams Cover                           J.G. Jones Variant

DC Comics - August 2009 - $3.99 - 32 pgs - Color

Writer: Greg Rucka - Artists: J.H. Williams III/Cully Hamner - Regular Cover: J.H. Williams III

Synopsis:  Batwoman finally gets her time in the spotlight as she takes over duties under the Detective Comics title following Bruce's "death."  If you followed the 52 series from a few years back, or the mini that followed that you will be familiar with the Religion of Crime that Batwoman refers to.  Apparently the cult has reorganized itself after a year and half, and Batwoman is doing some digging to get information on it's new leader.

Also in this issue you will find the Question as a part of the new Second Feature deal that DC is running in several of it's titles.  If you don't know the new Question is Renee Montoya, which also took place under the title 52.  Renee is just starting her investigation into the disappearance of some guys sister, and leaves us with a cliffhanger of her being surrounded by a gang of hoodlums.

Review:  This appears to be a strong start for Batwoman's first solo flight (well minus the Question's feature that is).  I like that they are keeping the Religion of Crime involved in her story as I can remember that being a part of the 52 series that I really enjoyed.  Batwoman was recently stabbed through the heart (for those of you who have not followed her character), and Rucka does not ignore this as a hinderance by having her dad/partner remind her she is limited by this injury even now.  William's art is stunning throughout the Batwoman portion of this book.  There is a two page spread that is simply one of the best interior works I've seen in a very long time.  The cover is nice, but I felt could have been better if the bottom 1/4th had not been on there.

The Question feature is a quick story, but very entertaining by itself.  I think the Question could become a great supporting character for a Batwoman solo series, but I'm not sure she would survive on her own at this point.  Hamner did the art duties on this portion of the issue.  I would have considered it pretty good, but compared to William's Batwoman stuff it is inferior.  Excellent overall, and I will definitely be picking up future issues!

Story: 9.5 - Writing: 10 - Art: 9.5 - Cover: 8.5

Overall: 9.375

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The Batwoman artwork is stunning in this issue! There is a two page spread that will blow you away. This is going to be a great series!


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