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Batwoman: Elegy Deluxe [Hardcover]

Greg Rucka , J.H. Williams , J.G. Jones
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July 6 2010 Batwoman
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras!

Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City -- but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman's life will never ever be the same again.

Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story "Go," in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate's life - and the lives of her family - will never be the same!

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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.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 21 2013
Format:Paperback
There's simply no other word for it.

The writing is fantastic - in my opinion, this is easily Greg Rucka's strongest writing coming out of 52. As much as I was growing a little weary of the whole religion of crime plot-line by this point, Alice is a refreshing new face who is sufficiently creepy and threatening and Kate's motivations and character arc are compelling for me in a way that Renee's in The Question: Five Books of Blood just weren't. Kate Kane is a well-developed, interesting, and believable heroine. Rucka's writing allows us to be frightened for her, to root for her, to be intimidated by her and to sympathize with her. She's allowed to have strengths and faults in equal turn and to come out a hero.

The pencil work is fantastic. Williams' art is clean and dynamic, producing some of my favourite art that I've ever seen in comics. Every scene works perfectly in its context. He manages some interesting page layouts without confusing the narrative. And, addressing a concern I always have going into female character-centered comics, in general he draws women like /people/. The women of the story are allowed to be attractive without being sexualized out of context and the presentation of the narrative is the better for it.

The colouring is fantastic. Stewarts' work rivals Williams' penciling as the best thing about the art, but what makes them both so great is how fantastically they work together. The colouring creates the perfect atmosphere for the story and some really stunning visual moments, particularly playing with Batwoman's black and red motif.

This comic is fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark. Compelling. Beautiful. Recommended. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Setting for a Great New Superhero 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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