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DC Yanks the Emergency Brake & Derails Kate Kane (aka Batwoman’s) Love Life

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Batwoman and Maggie SawyerIt was the kiss that rocked DC Comics Universe/s and kept LGBTQ comic fans coming back for more, waiting to see what would happen next. Well, now we know, and as usual when it comes to DC’s forward thinking universes, we are left sorely disappointed, yet again.

After so many well told Batwoman Stories, writers J. H. Williams, III and W. Haden Blackman are calling it quits on the series as of December and leaving DC to deal with the backlash that is certain to happen. I’m left wondering what will become of yet another Batwoman character? Until 2009, when Greg Rucka (W) and J. H. Williams, (III) (A) revived the character in a meaningful way, Batwoman had always been a second rate super heroine, always playing second fiddle to another main character’s story line. In the 50s & 60s she was Batman’s reason for NOT being gay, and in 2006 she was Rene Montoya’s (the Question) side kick. It never ends well for Batwoman when she’s paired with egotistical super heroes, but there was hope this time that Batwoman/Kate would find happiness in a world full of corruption and evil.

After reading the news last night, however, all hopes for Batwoman’s happily ever after are dashed. Here’s the thing, why? Why will the editors at DC not allow this marriage to happen? Everyone knows that Gotham mirrors New York, and DC’s main headquarters . . . New York. Last I knew same-sex marriage was legal in New York, so why not Gotham? But of course that’s not how this will end. They won’t have the balls to be honest in the comic and have the characters deal with the inequality of marriage when it comes to homosexuals. Truth be told, I don’t expect it will be dealt with at all. I really don’t expect the series to continue without Williams and Blackman. If DC decides to bring new writers on board for the series, I don’t expect it to last long. Batwoman has flourished with the exceptional writing of these two guys, but she does not have a history that will allow her to continue without them. She simply does not have what Batman, or any other main stay character does. She’s been brutally stabbed to death, stabbed in the heart yet again, but survived, and beaten and bruised since her inception in 1956. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her go the way of previous Batwoman characters.

Bottom line here is that I’m angry. I’m angry that DC accepted the GLAAD award back in 2012, I’m angry that they got all the attention they did for introducing the first mainstream transgender character in Batgirl (which they’ve not really done anything with, by the way), and I’m angry that they would make such a stupid decision like this one. It seems to me that DC has been making a lot of bad decisions of late when it comes to their approach to equality (having Orson Scott Card write a Superman story comes to mind). I now have to decide whether or not I’m willing to quit the DC universe completely to protest such bad decisions.

batwoman: 17 issues and we finally have an ending . . . what an ending

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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What can I say . . . WOW. Comics are known for beginning a story arc, letting it run for 4-6 comics, and then concluding it. Well, that hasn’t been the way of DC’s New 52 Batwoman. If you are not reading the series and want to, beware of the upcoming spoilers.

It all began with issue one of the new Batwoman with missing children: lots of missing children. From there the series’s primary focus has been on finding them. Maggie, of the GCPD, is the lead detective on the case, and it’s a very sensitive case for her because her ex-husband refuses to let her have custody of their daughter. Probably something to do with her being a lesbian, but hey, I could be wrong (although we all know I’m probably not).

In the midst of this chaos we learn that Maggie and Kathy Kane are in a relationship. It’s a rocky one though, because Kathy, as Batwoman, is often not there when Maggie could really use her moral support and general company. Maggie is questioning whether or not the relationship between her and Kathy will ever work.

And to top that off, Batwoman scurries around the globe and reunites with many old friends, some new, and a long lost relative thought dead. All the while looking for these missing children.
J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman pull out all of the stops in this 17 issue story arc. True, there are some lines of the story that tie up here and there, but the overall story of the missing children is carried throughout.

I do have some issues with these first 17 issues, however much I love them. At times it was confusing to even attempt to follow the story line, and I have to admit that I need a brush up on my mythology to even know who all of the players are. I know Medusa, and I know I’ve heard of Ceto and others, but I’m not confident in my general knowledge of these characters back stories. Not to mention the entrance of Wonder Woman several issues back. I have to admit that for me, things really got interesting at that point.

The BIG surprise, however, comes at the end of the comic, and it’s not just one surprise, but two. I won’t give the comic away, but let’s just say that perhaps secrecy is not the most important thing in the world, and lost relatives are not always as lost as we believe.

If you are not reading this series, you really need to. The writing and art work are unlike anything I have ever seen in a comic. They don’t just change things up for one or two comics, but they keep it changing. Pick up Batwoman and ENJOY!!

Batwoman Part I: The Beginning

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

As promised in the last post, I am beginning a multi-part series on Batwoman.  Before I begin, however, I would like to discuss a bit about Picture of Batman: The Dark Knight in trade paper backwhat got me interested in this character in the first place.

As mentioned in the last post, DC came out in November 2011 with the New DC 52.  Many feature our favorite characters, but with a freshstart, some are new characters, and some are characters who have never had their own series.  I had recently read TPB (trade paper back) of Batman: The Dark Knightby Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley. So when a new series of Batman: The Dark Knight began, I started buying it every month.  What the hell does this have to do with Batwoman, right? (more…)

Why Comics

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A friend asked me recently when and why I got into comics. I waited for a response; my brain, seemingly stumped by the question, soon kicked into overdrive, trying to come up with an answer. Internally, on a separate channel, I kept thinking “this should be easy”.  After what seemed an eternity, I bought time by saying the obvious thing about reading comics as a kid and that my favorite was The Hulk.

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This was true, but I don’t remember how long I stayed with comics as a kid. I began reading novels in the fourth grade, and I think comics soon became a thing of my past.  On that particular day, I don’t believe I ever came up with a satisfying answer for either me or my friend.  But I have continued to think about it, and I believe I finally remember what spurred me back into comics and how it blossomed from that. (more…)

Which Came First, the Egg or the Chicken (99)

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

In recent years I have come to believe that sexuality is often influenced by the societies in which we live.  The pressures that society puts on its citizens to behave within the norms and rules often dictate how people behave: even sexually.

I mention all of this because I have found that I do not agree with James P. Carse’s opinion on sexuality completely.  This is the first thing that I have read in Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility with which I really disagree.  There are things that I have a difficult time wrapping my head around, and therefore, I’m not sure if I agree or disagree, but I have a hard time accepting some of his comments on sexuality.

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