Last issue, despite the controversy around the writer switch, Batwoman turned out to be rather decent and enjoyable. Will it continue that way with this issue? Is it good?
Batwoman #27 (DC Comics)
After being hit by Wolf Spider’s poison and thrown from a skyscraper, Batwoman starts having a series of hallucinations/very trippy life moments flash before her eyes. She’s going to need to snap out of it if she has a chance in surviving her fall though.
Join Batwoman as she goes down a very psychedelic rabbit hole.
Let’s not beat around the bush. This is a very decompressed issue in which very little is accomplished in the comic. It’s certainly not boring though and features elements that help it rise above its situation; still… very decompressed.
The reason for this decompression is that nine whole pages (most of them are double page spreads) are hallucinations that reflect back on all of Batwoman’s history up until now with some sinister twists to them and the rest of issue is just seeing what the characters are up to after Batwoman’s fall. Not much is really learned during this time (outside of seeing who hired Wolf Spider; a person we have never seen) , but it does lead to a simple, but pretty neat surprise at the end.
There really isn’t much else to say about the issue besides that, since that’s pretty much it in terms of story and writing. I mean, the dialogue that is there is perfectly fine and there is nothing off with the characters, though there really isn’t much to say about them (they didn’t get the chance to do or say much) other than Batwoman has a lot of guilt issues. Of course, that was rather obvious if you have been reading the series up until now.
The artwork is split between Jeremy Haun and Francis Manapul (who has been doing Flash up until recently) this time. Haun does all the normal pages while Manapul does the trippy ones and both them work well enough. Haun draws some decent people, locations, good story flow and some creative looking panel layouts at points. His only problem is the occasional facial expressions; for example, when someone is screaming or horrified, they have a very dull surprise look on them instead. Manapul’s work, on the other hand, is just gorgeous and seems to be going for the J.H. Williams III approach with creative and trippy layouts. I mean, the hallucination pages are almost worth the price of admission alone to see them all.
Is It Good?
Batwoman #27 is an alright issue that is mostly harmed by decompressed and lack of progression. It has some great artwork and there is technically nothing wrong with the writing, but there needs to be a bit more here.