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Batwoman #32 - Deadly is the Night

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It’s a new story arc as Batwoman finds herself going up against Nocturna.

The Good

Ever since she first came on the scene, there’s been something about Batwoman that has captured my interest. Perhaps it’s the character design along with her red hair and emblem. Despite being an offshoot of the Bat-Family, she’s really managed to stand completely on her own.

With the first story arc behind him, Marc Andreyko continues to set things up for Kate Kane’s future. But before we venture too deep into this future (we’ll obviously see a lot more in September’s Future End one-shot), Kate is actually visited by someone from her past—her ex-girlfriend form her days at West Point. This will clearly add some tension to Kate’s life as we watch this portion of the story unfold, wondering what it might mean for Kate and Maggie.

At the same time, Nocturna deals with her restlessness and makes a move that brings her up against Batwoman. Based on the upcoming solicits, this is a plot we’ll want to pay close attention to.

Jeremy Haun is doing a great job on the art. He’s already put his mark on Kate and her supporting cast and it’s nice to see how the tone is evolving.

I absolutely love Rafael Albuquerque’s cover.

The Bad

There’s always some doubt or questions when a new character or story plot is introduced. With Kate’s ex, we’ll have to wait and see what her presence will mean. Even though this is Kate’s book, you can’t help but want to see more of what’s happening with Maggie and her upcoming custody battle.

I have to admit, Nocturna has never been a character I’ve thought too highly of so there is a sense of curiosity to see what Andreyko will do with the character. I’m not sure how I feel about her having a big role in these coming issues but I am definitely going to watch and see how it all plays out.

The Verdict

Batwoman has not one but two women entering her life that may cause some problems or changes in her immediate future. It’s interesting to see how Andreyko is developing story points for both Kate and Batwoman rather than have a focus simply on one guise. Jeremy Haun’s art fits the mood as well as he has to juggle between two different tones. It’s a new story arc so if you’ve been wondering what’s going on in Batwoman’s life lately, this is a great time to check it out.

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That's one might fine cover, especially the colors.

Does the interior art look anywhere near as nice?

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Thanks. Nice art. Very sleek.

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So, the art isn't the same as JH's. That art is just legendary.

But honestly, Andreyko is doing a fine job with Kate. The characterization is still pretty awesome which is whats important. JH did such a huge job expanding the character it was important to me that that was built upon.

I particularly love the therapy scenes.

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@fallschirmjager: Yeah, it's really cool seeing both aspects of her personality. She is Kate and she is Batwoman. Where as Bruce is just Batman pretty much 24/7.

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@g_man: Yup! And I love how even when she's doing Batwoman work she's still caught up in her personal problems. It gives it a bit of a Spider-Man type read, only darker.

Especially since so many of her villains are supernaturall-y based lol. Cos throwing in a vampire lady just makes everything better.

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Good to hear this series is getting good again, I might just pick it back up!

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4 stars is quite a generous score, I don't know what's so great about this comic tbh, Kate just strikes me as spoiled and just a downright bitch, that really puts me off I just don't care to know more about this woman, plus the art is bottom of the barrel

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Not a bad new direction. I still can't help but feel that the book has lost the magic it had under Rucka's, Williams', and Blackman's pens. But regardless, this issue was a step up from the previous arc.

I can't help but feel like Andreyko doesn't have Kate's voice down perfectly. Some of the things she thinks and says just come off as really immature, especially compared to her voice under previous writers.

I laud the decision to use Nocturna, as she is a villain who fits well with Kate's typical adversaries due to her supernatural motif. And so far, the character seems interesting enough. I just hope that Andreyko does a good job both establishing her powerset and her origin.

The art, as always, is great. It's strange, Haun's art is really hit-or-miss for me on this series. I feel like he really nails it on some panels, and in other panels he's a bit off. But overall, I'd say he does a solid job.