Toxicnotebook Recommends: Batwoman
"A cadet shall not lie, cheat or steal, not suffer others to do so. I’m sorry, sir. I can’t.”
The Batman gave her the inspiration. Her father gave her the discipline. Years of training gave her the skills. But only Kate Kane herself knows what gave her the unbreakable drive to serve in the war on crime…as the Batwoman. 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.
Batwoman is Kate Kane’s ongoing solo title written by Greg Rucka, W. Haden Blackman, & J.H. Williams III and drawn by J.H Williams III, Amy Reeder, & Trevor McCarthy. Kate Kane was raised in a military family. When she was a child, she was kidnapped along with her twin sister and mother by political extremists. Kate was the only survivor.
Driven by the murder of her family, Kate eventually joins the military. Unfortunately, right after her graduation from training, she is outed as a lesbian- and kicked out after she refuses to deny it. Kate drifts through life for a while, feeling like she no longer has a purpose, until she crosses paths with the Caped Crusader…
Possibly my all-time favorite cape comic, Batwoman has all the best parts of a Batfamily comic: a compelling lead character, the technological mixed with the mystical, a touch of the gothic, and a strong family theme. Kate Kane is also one of the best representations of what it’s like to be a lesbian I have ever come across. As a lesbian myself, I cannot even begin to tell you just how refreshing it was to read about a lesbian who was not only the lead character, but actually dates other women ‘on-screen’, has interesting adventures, and does not die horribly. Also, the art is gorgeous. READ THIS BOOK!
WARNING: Elegy, and the overarching plot for volumes 1-3, deal with child kidnapping, abuse, and death.
Completed: No (Ongoing)
Publisher: DC Comics
Level of Violence: Moderate to high
Number of page layouts that will make you seethe with jealousy: TOO. MANY.
For fans of: Lesbian characters who DON’T DIE OR TURN STRAIGHT, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, The Killing Joke, Batman: The Animated Series, Lazarus, Rucka’s Punisher run, Elektra (current run), Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Ghost, Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, X-23, possibly Velvet, possibly Promethea.
Where to buy: Comixology: here; Amazon: Elegy Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3 Vol 4*; BN: Elegy Vol 1 Vol 2 Vol 3 Vol 4*.
*I haven’t read volume 4 yet, so I cannot vouch for how good it is. I have, thankfully, heard good things about it.
See more recs here! Intro post to this series
It was a good series until Marc Andreyko took over. Now its almost unreadable.