By Philip Schweier
October 25, 2017 - 04:24
Maybe it’s the format of this series, with its brief three-page back-up that reduces the page count slightly. Nevertheless, the storytelling here is not terribly dense. I doubt I’m giving anything away by saying that Violet wins the day. Yet at the same time, there are unique revelations that add a new layer to the nature of Violet as a hero, and her bizarre relationship to her demented mother.
Revelations are also forthcoming in the back-up feature, Gotham Radio. But what it means for the future of the story remains in doubt. It’s unfair to call it an ending. Perhaps “temporary resolution” would be the most apt description.
Recently while reading Batwoman, it occurred to me that there is little difference between the characters Batwoman and Mother Panic. Both fight crime in Gotham City. Both are lesbians. Both suffered traumatic childhood experiences that have helped shape their adult selves. To me, one them is redundant, but I’m uncertain which. But the upside is, if you enjoy one you’ll probably enjoy both.