I review J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman’s final issue on Batwoman, published by DC Comics with interior artwork from Trevor McCarthy.
Story: J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman | Art: Trevor McCarthy | Cover: J.H. Williams III | Publisher: DC Comics | Price: $2.99
The battle between Batwoman and Batman begins here—it’s all been leading to this!
Well, so long Batwoman, it was nice knowing you. I know this series has been great so far and the character still interests me to carry on even with the creative team, I think, mainly for budget reasons, that Batwoman #24 will have to be my last issue of the series that I’ve been following since #19. And whilst this, like Earth 2 #16, does not wrap things up neatly ending with a non-cliffhanger, we get to see a cliffhanger that looks like it won’t go resolved because of Zero Year and the new creative team, which sucks – as this is one of my favourite series that DC have been putting out, ranking in my Top 5 along with Batgirl, Batman, Green Arrow and Aquaman (which is also going to see a creative team switch soon), so I’ll be sad to see it go.
However, Williams and Blackman certainly end this issue with a bang, moving the story forward as we open with the focus on Batwoman spying on various members of Batman’s rogue gallery, as well as his Bat-Family, looking for the Dark Knight himself. Meanwhile though, Batman’s dealing with Bane, in something that clearly takes place either before or after the events of Forever Evil as he’s present. The storyline is fairly solid and the pacing is pretty strong, building up to a strong ending scene that pits an unwilling Batwoman against Batman.
The artwork, whilst not drawn by the stunning J.H. Williams III this issue, still manages to impress. Trevor McCarthy does a nice portrayal of the various characters – as well as the landscape. However, it doesn’t quite match the stellar work from Williams that we’ve seen before, but that doesn’t stop it from being impressive nonetheless.
Like always, the cover art for this series is mind-blowing and the art for this issue is no different. I love the image at the top with Batwoman standing on one side of the Cover and Batman on the other, whilst below, the two are fighting each other in combat. I really hope that this is wrapped up at some point because Batwoman #24 has really built up towards a stunning conclusion, and is probably one of the better DC books, if not the best one of the week. It’s just that good. However, it’s very bittersweet, which is a shame – as I would have loved to see Williams and Blackman stick around for a good while longer on this book.
Overall then, whilst Batwoman #24 does not bring the storyline to a conclusion, it remains awesome – and one of the best series put out by DC Comics ends with a bang. It’s a deserving finale for Williams and Blackman and I look forward to seeing what the team do next. Heck, anything that’s got Williams’ name on artistic duties I’ll buy, because it’s just that good. The only downer is the storyline that’s left hanging.