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Detective 859 – Kate meets Renee, and the Question needs an ally


Rucka and Williams III continue with the origin of Batwoman in Detective 859 (Jan. 10).


This issue is almost entirely flashbacks scenes, although Batwoman does have an encounter with Abbot, in which he confirms that the Crime Bible prophecy about the “twice-named daughter of Cain” was interpreted by them to mean twin girls, and they knew that Alice was her sister.

But onto the backstory.  We see Kate graduate at the top of her class from the Marine academy.  But on the same day, she is accused of being a lesbian, which at that time meant you could not serve in the US army.  She will not lie, so she winds up leaving the force.


She descends into a rich girl life of drunken parties, until she gets stopped, in every way, by Renee Montoya.  Their relationship is tempestuous, and they break up.


And that’s when we get the one bit of her origin that we have already seen, the attempted mugging that she fights off, only spotting Batman’s presence after it’s over.  He commends her and leaves.  She has found her calling.

The story continues in the next issue.


The Question continues to pursue the people behind the human smuggling operation in this story, by Rucka and Hamner.


Tot does research into the organization, which is huge, and operates globally.  Renee decides she will need help.


And gets it, from the Huntress.  It’s a pretty good team.  Question has less trouble with the Huntress than pretty much any other her.


And it’s good that Renee found someone to help her, because the bad guys hire one of Batman’s foes, Zeiss.

The story continues in the next issue.

Detective 856 – Batwoman runs with the wolves, and the Question won’t be unmasked


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.




Detective 854 – Batwoman and the Question begin


Both of the series launching in Detective 854 (Aug. 09) spin out of the miniseries 52.  Batwoman Kate Kane was introduced in that book, which also saw Renee Montoya adopt the identity of the Question , following the death of her mentor Vic Sage.


Greg Rucka and James Williams III are the creative team on the Batwoman series. Williams really likes double page spreads, and it becomes a defining feature of her series.  She is visited by Batman (now Dick Grayson) in this story.  Batwoman intends to root out the thirteen coves in Gotham of witches that worship the Crime Bible, continuing her adversaries from 52.


Kate’s father, who knows her secret identity, is concerned that she is returning to action too soon after being stabbed in the heart, but she knows she needs to get rid of the people who made her feel so vulnerable.  The page this is discussed on has a curious, unexplained flashback to a woman with a bag on her head, clearly in a hostage situation – a tease for later revelations.


As she busts up another coven, Batwoman runs into Alice.  All clad in white, with matching skin, and making a huge art contrast with Batwoman, Alice speaks only in lines from Alice in Wonderland, and will become her chief adversary.

The story continues in the next issue.


The Question begins a long, serialized story in this issue, also by Greg Rucka, with Cully Hamner on the art. In fact, the Question’s entire run will consist of this one storyline.


Renee has moved in with Tot Rodor, the previous Question’s mentor/sidekick.  They have a website on which people post requests for help, most of which are worthy of being ignored.  Renee follows the case of a girl from Mexico, being smuggled into the US, who went missing along the way.  The girl’s brother is concerned for her, and hires the Question.


Her investigation immediately leads her into seedy territory, and the implications of what is shown in the room is frightening, almost more frightening than the armed goons she faces as the story reaches it cliffhanger.

The story continues in the next issue.

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