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Batwoman: Elegy Deluxe Hardcover – Jul 6 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226923
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.5 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"* "Spectacular - the kind of adventure story that you race through the first time and return to, to pore over slowly." - PW Comics Week" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Greg Rucka's work as a writer includes Whiteout and Queen and Country, Elektra, Batman, 52 and Checkmate. J. H. Williams III is the acclaimed illustrator of Chase, Jonah Hex, Batman and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Gregoire on Aug. 8 2010
Format: Hardcover
Greg Rucka likes (and is good at) writing strong female characters. Starting with "Whiteout" and then with "Queen & Country", he gave us complex, layered characters that never felt *clichéd* or stereotypical, with emotional, action-packed storylines. He continues this in "Batwoman: Elegy".

In this book, he establishes the modern Batwoman as a compelling character by giving her a dark, heart-breaking origin story and by giving her her own nemesis: Alice. It is hard to elaborate without spoiling the book. Suffice it to say that there are a number of reveals in this book that will make you want to re-read it and even go back and re-read Batwoman's stories in "52" (though they are not required reading).

On the art side, prepare to be blown away by the always incredible JH Williams III. From his truly ingenious page layouts to his varied art styles, this book was a visual treat from cover to cover. The art varies in style but never in quality. Check out some of his other work in "Batman: The Black Glove" and Grant Morrison's "Seven Soldiers Of Victory".

I got much more than I expected from this book, and it still left me wanting more. What else can I tell you? This book is worth it. 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carly P. on Sept. 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am very impressed with Batwoman Elegy. It's been awhile since I've read a comic based on a female superhero that I'm actually compelled to finish. Suffice to say, this one certainly lived up to my expectations.

When I first heard that DC was bringing in a new Batwoman, I have to admit I was skeptical. Female heroes based on existing male heroes are something I generally avoid. However, after seeing a couple images from Batwoman I decided to take the plunge and actually read it. I think I may have found my new favourite hero.

The first thing I did was just go through the book and look at the art. All I can say is gorgeous. The colours, the drawing style... just wow. I have no words to describe it, and I immediately wanted to share it with as many people as possible even if they weren't regularly comic book types. Seriously, skip reading this review and search up some page scans.

With some regret I actually turned to reading the story. I really loved how they treated Kate's backstory. It was well fleshed out and I could immediately understand the characters motivations. I won't summarize it here to avoid spoilers. The writing is fairly tight and sometimes it's a bit hard to actually read it, if for the only reason being that the art is so fantastic. But the storyline is solid, and definitely sets the stage up perfectly for a reveal near the end. I look forward to the next part in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2012
Format: Paperback
In June, I received the new volume of Batwoman called "Hydrology."

This was, I thought, the 1st edition of the re-vamped character/storylines from DC's archives from its celebrated, "New 52 Series." The New 52 Series, if you're unfamiliar with it is a re-tooling of DC's entire superhero storyline. And, it starts with, supposedly, the beginning of the character's formation, at whatever point that is.

For Batwoman, this wasn't the case. It is actually the 2nd volume that follows a character that DC abandoned more than 50 years ago.

I'm scratching my head as to why, if DC was going to include this character in the NEW 52 lineup would they bypass "Elegy" and include copious amounts of Elegy--the backstory in Hydrology- without just calling "Elegy" - THE NEW 52 issue of Batwoman?

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ELEGY, (like Hydrology--"Vol.1--) has both the same writers and artists/illustrators. In Hydrology, as you follow "Kate Kane" in her decision to clean up Gotham City, under the distant but watchful eye of a silent Batman, you see flashbacks of her life and how she started, which led most of us, reviewers, who were unfamiliar with this earlier volume that HYDROLOGY was the start.

ELEGY, indeed, chronicles the beginning of Kate Kane's life from her early childhood to the kidnapping of herself, her sister and mother to her life in the military.

It's there, in the military, that Kate Kane is distinguished as a "different" kind of character. Ms. Kane is a lesbian. And, during a brief but intimate moment with her roommate, it was reported to her supervisors.

This takes place after the Clinton Administration era's change of military policy to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

What does this mean, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kwanzinator on July 25 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Batwoman: Elegy stars one of DC's newest superheros, and lets just say it's an amazing arc for the character. This series has been written by Greg Rucka and illustrated/drawn by J.H Williams III. Batwoman (Kathrine Kane) was first introduced during the crossover arc of 52 and there it's revealed that she has been in a romantic relationship with Renee Montoya, a cop of the Gotham City Police Department. While 52 was a great way of introducing her, Batwoman did not get much of a voice nor did we see any perspective from her side. This ultimately led to the creation of Batwoman: Elegy.

Batwoman: Elegy follows Kathrine Kane as she tries to take down her newest enemy, Alice. During her battles against Alice many secrets get revealed about what Alice is working towards as well as Kathrine's own past. We learn about Kathrine's life in the military before becoming Batwoman and what pushed her into becoming what she is in the present.

Greg Rucka (Queen and Country & Gotham Central), the writer for the series is simply amazing, having the ability to write well-rounded female characters without using their gender as their defining trait. He tastefully does not over-sexualize them and makes them seem real. I could not ask for a better person to write for Batwoman, not to mention the research done on the DADT policy (which is thankfully being repealed) has been well done. The little cameo from Dan Choi does not hurt either.

Although I mostly put story and narrative above art, the art within Batwoman: Elegy just has to be mentioned. To summarize, J.H Williams III is an amazing artist. You can tell that every single page, and panel, and line is drawn with care.
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