Thursday, January 24, 2013

Batwoman 16 :: Serpent's Homeland

Writers: J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Artist: J.H. Williams III

Batwoman and Wonder Woman descend on Gotham like guardian angels to stop the chaos unleashed by Medusa and her forces. "Serpent's Homeland" is an all-battle story, full of all the good stuff everyone loves to see in a superhero book. Everyone gets a moment to shine amidst the war and destruction taking place. Batwoman's blinding rage, Diana's fight with the Hydra, Cameron Chase's ominous promise, and even the unexpected roles Director Bones and La Llorona play in the drama, are all continuous beats that build on each other to up the ante.

A favorite moment, however, is the timely return of a familiar face that -as cliché as it sounds- rises from the ashes for a last-minute rescue; what is even more exciting about it, is that it is still up in the air whether this is a triumphant comeback or the meanest defeat ever. Medusa's rant about the mother of all monsters is the only part of the story that was probably unnecessary, but is by no means detrimental to the plot; if anything, is informative. Fantastic issue!

Art by J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart

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