Batwoman finally debuts in her solo series with "Hydrology", co-written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, and with the former on art duty, this long-awaited this title did not disappoint. From the very beginning we get to see the horror theme of the book, just like its creators had promised, and they did a fantastic job with it.
|Cover Art by J.H. Williams III|
The issue has lots of Batwoman in it, lots of Kate Kane and her personal relationships with Det. Sawyer, her father Col. Kane, and her cousin Bette. Speaking of Bette, I am glad she got a lot of attention in this first issue, but I felt Kate was being a little too harsh on her, which did not seem fair to me, seeing how Flamebird has proven herself a hero; nonetheless it was great knowing she has not been forgotten.
The Weeping Woman is Batwoman's first villain in this series, and her premise is one I am familiar with, since in my country we have also heard the story of La Llorona. Williams' pencils are a perfect match for the horror theme of this book, yet, in the Kate and the non-Batwoman sequences, it is as if a different artist had been featured, which proves how talented he is.
Lots of double spreads, which I usually don't like; they make me feel robbed; however, the creators here fill their pages with dialog, flashbacks, and other small panels, so it's not a waste of space as I have seen in other books, and they look more like mini-posters in their own right.
"Leaching", the inaugural issue of Batwoman is a definitive must, for those who appreciate fine art, suspense stories, and character development. An immediate success, this issue has already been ordered for a second printing.