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Detective 861- Kate seeks out Bette, and the Question and the Huntress vs Zeiss

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Jock joins Greg Rucka as they begin a three-part story that teams Batwoman with Batman, and concludes her run in this book. in Detective 861 (March 2010).

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A new villain is introduced.  A knife wielding murderer of young women, Cutter.  Batwoman has her first fight with him early in the issue, but is wounded, and he gets away.

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Batwoman also has her first encounter with Maggie Sawyer, who has no idea that this is the same woman who she has started seeing.  To be fair, the meeting is brief, and in darkness, and the fake hair is a good decoy.

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Batman is also on the case of Cutter, and meets with Commissioner Gordon to discuss it.

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Kate also seeks out her neglected cousin, Bette.  There is a casual reference to her tennis pro days, a nice reminder that this is the same person who has appeared with the Titans.  And Kate is not the only one who sought out Better that day.  She is also being scoped by Cutter as his next victim.

The story continues in the next issue.

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Rucka and Hamner do a good job turning the tables on their own cliff-hanger ending from last issue, as it becomes clear that the Question and Huntress knew Zeiss was following them, and were just waiting for him to arrive.

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Despite his ego, and getting some good shots on Renee, it’s two against one, and he has no chance.  But the women convince him to flip on his paymaster.  They stage a scene, so he can send his employer a picture of their supposed deaths, and he gets paid.  He turns over the name of the one who paid him, and readily admits he has no idea if it’s the big guy, or just another operative.

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The women are pleased with themselves, but Tot is not.  He has harsh words for them, working with and releasing a murderer, and claims the original would have been ashamed of them.

The story continues next issue.

Detective 860 – suspicions confirmed, and the Question teams with the Huntress

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Batwoman’s origin storyline concludes in Detective 860 (Feb. 10), by Rucka and Williams III.

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Kate has been operating as a vigilante, but without any costume or even a clear goal.  Renee runs into her in a biker bar, and can’t fathom what is going on with her.  Her father figures it out, and Kate insists that she has found her purpose, her way to serve.  Jake gives in, but insists she get better training.  Kate spends two years being trained by the best in the world, while her father builds a base of operations, and creates a suit for her as well.  What a nice dad.

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This makes it all the more crushing when Batwoman gets the results of a DNA comparison between her and Alice, and it confirms that they are twins.  Her father lied to her about Beth’s death all along.

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Rucka and Hamner continue the Question story, as Zeiss starts tracking her down.

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After a good tour busting ass and taking names, Renee and Helena return to Tot’s place.  The Huntress had worked with Vic Sage, the original Question, but had never met Tot.

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Very nice ending, with the women saying they weren’t followed, and Zeiss’ arrival immediately after.

The story continues in the next issue.

 

 

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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 857 – Batwoman jumps, and the Question chats

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Batwoman’s first fight with Alice concludes in Detective 857 (Nov. 09), by Rucka and Williams III.

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Abbot lets Kate know that Alice has plans to bring an end to Gotham, with chemical warfare.  Kate figures that Alice is likely to attack a military base, and contacts her father.  But Alice answers the phone…

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It’s a good, suspense-y issue. as Abbot flies after Alice’s plane, and Batwoman jumps from one to the other.

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Their fight occurs, though it’s entirely possible to fall into the artwork and not even notice.  Alice falls as well, from the airplane, letting go of Kate’s hand, and saying “you have our father’s eyes.”

Not quite up there with “Luke, I am your father,” but good enough to give Kate some sleepless nights.

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Renee Montoya is getting pissed as this chapter of the Rucka/Hamner Question series begins.

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She meets with Tot over the internet, and they share information, as she gets the address of the next man up the chain.

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She uses her usual charm and tact, bursting into his home to confront him.  This time, it is clear that his bodyguards are not really working for him, and killing him has been ordered to ensure his silence.  Things don’t look good for Renee!

The story continues in the next issue, although the Question also appears in the Annual, which comes first.

 

 

Detective 854 – Batwoman and the Question begin

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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