Batwoman #21

Writer: W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III Artist: Francesco Francavilla Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

In the aftermath of the Medusa ordeal, Killer Croc is rescued by a mysterious cult...but what connection do they have with Batwoman, and why do they need to see her die?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 19, 2013

    Batwoman might best be described as a sleeper hit. Im not sure what the sales figures are, but theyre obviously enough to keep the book afloat and thats a relief because its one that, while flying consistently under the radar, is also consistently excellent. Its good to see Batwoman getting back to the more grounded horror themes, but this is a last cry of epic fantasy, but one that stays firmly entrenched in the muck and grime of Gothams unseen corners. Its a masterful blending of fantasy and horror that I highly recommend anyone pick up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 19, 2013

    I knew I was going to enjoy this issue simply for the fact I'm a huge fan of Francesco Francavilla's art, wasn't quite sure what to expect with Croc, but knew it could go in one of the two directions previously mentioned. I don't want to say I was surprised that it went in the good direction, but nonetheless, I was very pleased. Killer Croc is a character who when used well, can be quite the compelling villain, and I'm glad that's what we got in this interlude issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Jacob Torres Jun 21, 2013

    I was completely drawn into this issue from start to finish. Batwoman #21 had me completely captivated and made me feel for Waylon Jones. I dont know what more you can ask for in a comic issue. Though its not a perfect issue I certainly loved it, enough to overlook the flaws and give it a 5. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jun 20, 2013

    As a single issue, Batwoman #21 stands as one of the most sophisticated of the series to date, and is by far an exceptional example of what is still possible to achieve in the super-hero genre today thats fresh, challenging and still satisfying to all types of readers. Theres not a creator-owned or off-beat title this series next to which this issue would wither, and thats a significant achievement for all the creators involved. Kudos. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jun 19, 2013

    Francavilla's art is as delightfully pulpy as one would expect, and the subtle nods to Swamp Thing's trademark aesthetic work well in the service of Killer Croc's subterranean vibe. Everything from the inventive layouts to restrained but still expressive color palette adds up to create a book that is in line with the quality we've come to expect from Batwoman, while offering up something unique, dark, and lovely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 24, 2013

    It would be a more perfect issue had this interlude not come so unexpectedly, but there's no doubt that Killer Croc ends up in a much, much better position as a character than where he started, and that's as much as you can ask for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jun 20, 2013

    It truly is a testament to Francesco Francavilla's skill as a visual storyteller that I didn't really need Williams and Blackman's words to enjoy Batwoman #21 Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jun 22, 2013

    Williams III and Blackman present the tragic story of yet another villain who may not be all-bad, but might have something below the layer of green, sketchbook Francavilla art that just hasnt been apparent in past stories (he's too busy getting the crap beat out of him by the Bat-Family). Batwoman #21 shines a sensitive spotlight on a villain much in need of depth, and deserving of such horror-comic-esque art. This is the rightful home for Croc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jun 19, 2013

    Batwoman #21 is the best interlude issue this series has seen yet. The art is magnificent, the writing is true, and the story fits in, even if it's pausing the major plot arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Motes Jun 23, 2013

    Killer Croc is a character I never gave two thoughts to. Giant crocodile man? M'kay. And most writers chose never to delve any deeper. This is strange considering how nuanced most of Batman's enemies are, but most were willing to employ him as simply muscle. J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman actually gave this character some depth and made me interested in him here. I enjoyed the story and thought the art suited it well! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Jun 19, 2013

    I haven't truly been enjoying Batwoman for a while. It's been a book that I pick up whenever Williams is providing art for an issue. However, the guys working on this book may have won me over again with this installment. We'll have to see if the inspiration illustrated here carries over to future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 21, 2013

    "Batwoman" #21 is not only a good example of how to handle a fill-in artist stepping on board for a month, but it's that rare kind of comic where the more you read it, the more you appreciate it. Every time through you find something new to like, and that to me is what makes a strong comic. All in all, well done. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Jun 20, 2013

    Taking a break from Batwoman's mission to unmask Batman lead to an enjoyable villain-focused book. Killer Croc is a character that has been depicted in this series as a mindless monster but as a sympathetic one in Red Hood and the Outlaws. The retreading in this book helps to reconcile the different depictions of the character. As this book was merely an interlude, readers should continue to pick up this series to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 22, 2013

    Despite not having much to do with Batwoman, this was still a good, solid issue. I've always had a soft spot for Killer Croc ever since his Batman: The Animated Series days, so it was cool to get an issue about him, with Croc narrating in his own special way. The writers definitely get into the head of this odd villain, and his story works. Likewise, the art is perfectly suited for the character. So a good job all around by the creative team. I like that Croc is actually a level-headed kind of guy instead of the usual crazy maniac you get in Gotham City. He may not be smart or clever, but he knows enough to make good decisions for himself. So yeah, this was a nice comic telling a short Killer Croc story, but I'm still much more interested in Batwoman's current adventures, thank you. Read Full Review

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