Batwoman #23

Batwoman #23

Writer: W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III Artist: Trevor McCarthy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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Batwoman must confront the chaos and destruction that she helped unleash in Gotham City as part of the DEOs scheme to destroy Batman!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Aug 21, 2013

    This issue balances the emotional with the surreal and supernatural in a way that makes it an absolute must-read. This very easily could have fallen to being a filler issue, but there are just enough great plot threads (did I mention the D.E.O. setting some of the most dangerous Arkham inmates free in Gotham to lure Batman out?) balanced with character development to transform it from a glance to a must-read. A truly great filler issue is still a must-read and this accomplishes that emotionally and even in terms of the events and action, though most of the action is in Katherines head. This is actually not a bad jumping-on point, so if youve been wondering about Batwoman, pick this one up and start reading one of the most under-the-radar books on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Aug 22, 2013

    Batwoman continues to set itself apart from traditional, mainstream superhero comics with its smart design and aesthetic style. Narratively speaking, Williams is setting up a story that defies standard superhero-on-superhero conflicts, as it's not a case of mistaken intentions or hidden identities motivating this brewing conflict. Not only is he a talented artist, but he does a great job of writing fleshed out characters with real motivations. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Jacob Torres Aug 25, 2013

    Although Ive always been a fan of the stories that J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackman tell, its truly the characters theyve written that have made me fall in love with Batwoman. Theyve made it so easy to become emotionally invested in these characters and I really care about them. Theres a conversation between Kate and Maggie when she finally awakes that simply warms your heart. The two of them have such fantastic chemistry and are in such love with each other that you can genuinely feel it coming off the pages. Williams, Blackman, and McCarthy deliver an absolutely incredible issue and there wasnt a single page, let alone panel, that I didnt enjoy reading or end up going back to look at the art once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jason Motes Aug 25, 2013

    This series displays rare maturity and maintains its own voice. I've actually discussed it with other fans, but for whatever reason, a lot of readers don't care for it. I think it's, at its worst, very solid and at times sublime! This issue falls closer to that description. I can't say it's perfect, but it's very, very good and the art is improving… and it was already good to begin with! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Aug 21, 2013

    While I've enjoyed this arc so far, I have had my problems with how it had been structured, luckily, this issue didn't fall victim to any of that. While light on the action, Batwoman #23 delivers heavily on one of the DCU's richer relationships, with Kate and Maggie. This issue further solidifies why they're together and what they mean to each other, and if you're a fan of either character, you without a doubt, will enjoy greatly. The only thing that took away from an overall pretty good issue, was the use of a single character, who really shouldn't be in Gotham at the moment, due to major events in another book, but other than that, there's a lot to enjoy in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 24, 2013

    For some insane reason, the creative team behind Batwoman keep pushing off her attack on Batman. I got chills several months ago when the match-up was first announced, but since then we have seen some truly impressive delaying tactics. Fortunately, those tactics can be fulfilling themselves, especially when this issue finally gives me the aftermath of that marriage proposal that I've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 27, 2013

    Can we just get on to the big showdown already? Williams-Blackman are clearly stalling, even if they do manage to deliver another engaging issue with terrific McCarthy art. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 21, 2013

    The story does its job as well. J.H Williams III and W. Haden Blackman keep things moving at a brisk pace, which is a good thing. You get drawn in quickly, but there are times when scenes cut too fast or switch too often. The end result is that not much happens, just a fast paced series of conversations. There are certainly pivotal moments here, but they happen and then are quickly tossed aside as the scene jumps to another character and then back again. Of course, when a book looks this good, it's hard to be mad about much at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Aug 26, 2013

    This is another strong issue of Batwoman, nicely acting as an interlude before the main event begins next issue. For readers there is a bit of everything; further development of Maggie and Kate's relationship, more badassery from Bette, and the wonderful visuals associated with this title. Make sure you pick up next issue, as things look set to get wild" Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 26, 2013

    There was a time when "Batwoman" as a title held so many of my hopes and dreams for mainstream superhero comics. Unfortunately, the book has not delivered. It's not a bad series, but unless it's being drawn by J.H. Williams III, there's just nothing exceptional. For a book that started with such promise and ambition, that's a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Scott Selden Aug 27, 2013

    I'll say this again, I absolutely love the character of Kate Kane/Batwoman, but this series is not doing it for me. Something needs to change. It needs a new writer, and it needs J.H. Williams III back on art. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Aug 21, 2013

    Despite my lack of interest in this book I am still optimistic for the remaining issues in this arc. Bette may have been training hard to infiltrate the D.E.O. to rescue Elizabeth, but I expect that to go wrong. There will be repercussions for Batwoman and that will be interesting to see. Read Full Review

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