Book of the Week 10/28/09
|DETECTIVE COMICS #858
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Art by JH Williams III
Second feature: The Question
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Cully Hamner
Cover by JH Williams III
This was a really good week for comics for me, and picking a book of the week was not easy. And it didn’t go the way I thought it would.
This week it’s Detective Comics.
I have to admit, right up until I sat down to start writing this column, I was planning on my BotW to be Batman #692, the beginning of Tony Daniels run, but as I looked over my stack, I since Batwoman took the feature in ‘Tec, this book has been in a class by itself.
First of, let’s talk about JH Williams III’s art. If its all possible to believe, his work has improved since Promethea. His art fits perfectly for the altered states of the characters minds. From cover to the end of the feature, its just gorgeous. And of course there’s Greg Rucka, whose writing needs no more praise from me, but I will heap some more on top. Greg has taken strands of Superhero, Crime, and even fantasy elements and have blended them together to create the world of Batwoman to stunning success.
This issue is the begining of Batwoman’s origin story. We get a peak at young Kate’s childhood and meet her sister, her twin sister, Bess. We also witness the terrible trauma that Kate, and her father go through that goes to show how the deep bond between the Colonel and his daughter was forged.
The second feature in the issue, starring the Renee Montoya version of the Question, was also written by Rucka, and drawn by Cully Hamner. I loved Cully’s work, going all the way back to Green Lantern: Mosaic. His stylistic approach has become a bit more refined. His characters all have such distinct personalities and faces, which makes him an interesting choice to draw a book about a character that has no face. This issue finishes a story arc, with Renee tracking down a lost girl in a white slavery ring. I am looking forward to seeing if Rucka brings Renee back into contact with some more of her Gotham Central partners soon, and seeing how some of them react to Renee’s new role as the Question.
It’s not clear to me just how long Batwoman and the Question will be the features of Detective Comics. More so than any other book, DC can easily change the features. And I already hear that Batman will be returning to the lead story soon, which is a shame considering how many books he already has. This book is currently featuring two strong female leads, here’s hoping one of them gets their name on their own title soon.