×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Batwoman: Elegy Deluxe
     

Batwoman: Elegy Deluxe

by Greg Rucka, J.G. Jones (Illustrator), J.H. Williams (Illustrator)
 
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her

Overview

A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras!

Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City -- but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman's life will never ever be the same again.

Also, witness the origin of Batwoman in the shocking and tragic story "Go," in which young Kate Kane and her family are kidnapped by terrorists, and Kate's life - and the lives of her family - will never be the same!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
On the surface, this is a fairly straightforward superhero thriller, in which the new (lesbian, tattooed, Jewish) Batwoman tussles with a crime-worshipping cult that's trying to poison Gotham City, and discovers how her personal history is entwined with that of their leader, a pale, murderous Lewis Carroll-quoting porcelain goth. In practice, it's spectacular—the kind of adventure story that you race through the first time and return to, to pore over slowly. The obvious attraction is Williams and colorist Dave Stewart's artwork, whose mutable style and wildly inventive layouts get across the story's twisted chronology and psychological subtleties all by themselves. Almost every page is some kind of visual set piece with symbolic resonance, and the big action scenes are as thrilling as superhero comics get. The second half of the book, “Go,” is Batwoman's origin story and the history of her relationship with her father; Williams actually adopts different visual aesthetics for different types of flashbacks within it, including a clever pastiche of David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One. Rucka's writing also deepens on closer examination, mostly because his Batwoman, Kate Kane, is a superhero like no other: don't-ask/don't-tell'ed out of the Marines, she treats her spandex-and-Kevlar work as a kind of military service that gives her life meaning. (July)
Library Journal - Library Journal
There have been jokes about Batman and Robin's veiled homosexuality longer than many of us have been alive. It makes sense, then, that DC's most prominent gay character these days is fighting crime dressed like a bat. And in a medium dominated by male fantasies, it makes a lot more sense that it's a lesbian Batwoman representing the rainbow brigade. Fortunately, DC didn't draft her as a stereotype. Sure, she has a thing for military fashion. And, yes, she's attracted to female cops. But in Elegy, writer Rucka presents the superhero's sexuality as a nuance of her character development—it's not cheap or predictable but real and sympathetic. To boot, it doesn't get in the way of a compelling, and startling, crime mystery originally told in issues 854�860 of "Detective Comics." Still, gay sensationalism sells, which is why this deluxe hardcover opens with Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC talk show host and outspoken lesbian, praising the realism of Batwoman's lesbian lifestyle. Maddow's observations are spot-on, but did we really need her to tell us that?Verdict Get past the gay buzz, and this is a gripping crime story with beautiful art that feels cinematic at times. Fans of Batman and crime novels should check it out.—Robert Morast, Fargo, ND

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401226923
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
11.18(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Gregory "Greg" Rucka is an American comic book writer and novelist. He is the author of nearly a dozen novels, including the Atticus Kodiak series. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world’s best-known characters—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Punisher, and Wolverine—as well as penning several creator-owned properties himself, such as Whiteout, Queen & Country, and Lazarus.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews