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Batwoman #3 - Hydrology, Part 3: Gaining Stream

5

If you pick only one comic book up this week, be sure to make it this one. Another absolutely breathtaking issue of Batwoman.

The Good

It's hard to believe we're already three issues into Batwoman, but we are, and oh how I wish this book was coming out bi-weekly. I tend to save this one for last because in truth, the last two issues have been spectacular. If you've been a fan of Batwoman's previous series, and you've enjoyed the last two issues, you'll be happy to hear that this one did not disappoint. Co-Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, the third issue of Batwoman is yet another example of the creative team's breathtaking artistic abilities. This is, by far, one of the best titles to come out of the "New 52" and the third issue continues to be just as breathtaking, interesting and exciting as the last two.

One thing I noticed I haven't mentioned in my previous reviews of Batwoman is that each of the women in this book are illustrated and colored differently. This is most noticeable during Kate's conversation with Bette. You'll notice that the colorist used extremely bright and vibrant colors for Better, whereas Kate maintains the dark, somber, painted effects. Rather than Kate seeming out of place in these panels, it makes so much sense. Dave Stewart's colors brilliantly reflect the individual personalities of the two characters, Kate's somber mood and Bette's upbeat personality. Kate makes an enormous decision to stop training her cousin; a revelation she has after she has her first altercation with the succubus that is the "weeping woman."

The story is slowly beginning to unravel, and the role of the federal agent and her relationship with a certain evil Gotham under-lord is gradually coming to light.

The Bad

If you pick up any book this week, make it this one.

The Verdict

Everything from the colors, to the dialogue, to the plot and overall story will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat. The art compliments the story so well, and will absolutely take your breath away. Each scene in this issue is more beautiful than the next, it's hard to imagine how the creative team will top this issue. Lastly, Bette stands up for herself towards the end of the issue, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what she does next.