Batwoman: Elegy Review

Today, I am reviewing one of the best Batwoman stories out there today, Elegy. This ran from 2009 to 2010, a Story arc from the Flagship title ‘Detective Comics’ that ran from Issues 854 to 860. Written by Greg Rucka and Art by J.H. Williams III, it is a notable story that replaced it’s a regular feature Character, Batman due to his apparent death in DC’s Event Final Crisis and the aftermath of Batman RIP, what was planned in stages since Batwoman’s first appearance in 52 (a series that took place during the missing year after the end of Infinite Crisis.) But onto what this story is about, Batwoman faces a madwoman named ‘Alice‘ who was inspired by the story Alice in Wonderland, the woman sees her life as one big fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable. Batwoman must stop Alice before she unleashes a toxic cloud over Gotham, but Alice, who is mad as a hatter has more up her sleeve than the poison she is about to unleash, can Batwoman stop Alice?


Image Credit: DC Comics

Here we are, reviewing another Story written by Greg Rucka, that isn’t a bad thing when I say it because of writers like Greg and J.H. Williams III that know how to properly write a female lead (referring to my review of the first issue of Lois Lane,) and a compelling story. When you’re watching or reading a story about either Batman, the Batfamily or heck, even about Gotham City itself its a matter of the creative team getting the pulp, gritty atmosphere down that made Detective Comics worth reading, as mentioned before about the regularly featured character was changed due to what was supposed to be Bruce’s death in Final Crisis but unbeknownst to the Batman’s Allies, Bruce was sent back in time (which is part of the story ‘The Return of Bruce Wayne‘, a series I’ll review later.) One of the things that makes Kate Kane different from Bruce is her motivation for fighting crime was not because of a traumatic past, but a sense of duty, similar to Superman almost.

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One of the other things that were done right was the representation of LGBT, Maggie, and Kate weren’t caricatures, it wasn’t exaggerated and felt natural; Kate’s back story was tragic, during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell when her country rejected her due to her sexuality was something that a lot of Gay and Lesbians who had served at the time could relate to. She didn’t fight crime alone, she had her father, who, like Alfred, had Kate’s back when she needed it, just as Alfred did with Bruce. Batwoman’s Rogue Gallery is what won me over when it came down to that age-old question, “Why would you like Batwoman?” These villains weren’t like Riddler, Penguin, Joker, but the Religion of Crime was one of the most messed up criminal organizations out there, Mistress Alice is indeed mad but also serves to be a reminder to Kate is that all it takes is one bad day, something to drive her to the edge and become like Alice.

Image Credit: J.H. Williams III, DC Comics

Next, we’ll go over the artwork in this story, J.H. Williams III handles the pencil work and his detail is phenomenal, but the team involved in this hardcover story such as Jock, Scott Kolins, Dave Stewart also brought us the story ‘Cutter’ accompanied by Elegy, about Batwoman’s search for a crazed murderer who abducts young women and cuts off parts of their faces to try to create the perfect woman. Overall with a creative team involved did an outstanding job on bringing Kate Kane to the modern age, this leads J.H. Williams to be nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Penciler/Inker and Best Cover Artist; not to mention bringing Kate to her own book during the New 52.


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Elements of the Elegy Story was incorporated into the new series Batwoman on the CW Network, the season just recently ended, but you can catch the full season on the CW app.

Final Grade:

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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