Batwoman continues in Detective 856 (Oct. 09), by Rucka and Williams III.
Some of the art by Williams is just so amazing. In fact, I find the art at times overshadows the story, but that’s about my only critique of it. The monster turned out to be Abbot, once a devotee of the Crime Bible, he and others have turned against Alice, as she takes over the organization. They get to safety, and her father tends to her wounds and poisoning.
Kate is back up on her feet in time for a big party by her step-mother that night. We finally get to see Bette Kane, who had been mentioned in earlier issues. She is Kate’s niece, giving her the same relationship to Kate Kane as Betty Kane had to Kathy. She is the same woman who has been appearing as Flamebird in Titans stories since Crisis, a sidekick without a hero. The Batwoman series brings her in slowly.
On the other hand, there is nothing slow int he romance between Kate and Maggie Sawyer. They talk about their exes, but the spark between them is clear.
Perhaps I should have mentioned when this changed format, that currently not only does Detective Comics feature two series starring women, both women are lesbians. Kate and Renee had once been a couple.
And as for Renee, Rucka and Hamner have her being questioned by Vargas, who is not able to remove her mask (it’s chemically bonded to her skin.)
She gets free, and another name on the chain, and Vargas gets shot by his own men, who apparently have more gusto than aim.
The story continues in the next issue.