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Byron Brewer

Review: Batwoman #9


Many writers like to, like chefs, take a good product and deconstruct it into another. That seems to be what writers Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III are doing to Batwoman in this arc, “To Drown the World.”

But the only folks who are drowning are the readers who love Batwoman and are trying to wade through this mire to get to the heart of the heroine.

For the uninitiated or the given-it-up, “To Drown the World” tells (or tries to tell) the story of interweaving lives. The only thing they have in common, apparently, is Batwoman. And bad writing.

Really, spy thrillers have enough twists and turns without confusing readers with Pulp Fiction time traps and inside-out philosophies. Keeping up with this mess is like following my daily routine in 2012 from 2002’s calendar: a disaster!

I like Batwoman. I like spy stories. And the cover of Batwoman #9 by Ben Oliver is awesome!

If you are a big fan of Batwoman, you still will not like this book. Maybe the trade will have a primer explaining the meaning of this arc. Without it, like with 2002’s calendar, I am lost.