Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Batwoman #3

Story: Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV 
Art: Steve Epting 

The Many Arms of Death Part 3: If I Had a Heart 

The story so far… The search for the Monster Men virus has lead Batwoman to Coryana, an island nation inhabited by mercenaries and gangs.  Kate Kane, the Batwoman, shares a complicated history with the island and its inhabitants.   

***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM*** 



Suggestive Fruit 

The book opens with a flashback in Nigeria.  A young Tahani, the future assassin known as Knife, is a street urchin who kills just to eat.  We see her being rescued from the dangerous alleyways by none other than Safiyah, who is Batwoman’s former lover and leader of Coryana. Currently, Safiyah is nowhere to be found, and Tahani has been after Batwoman, attempting to stop her investigation into the Monster Men virus as Knife, the deadly assassin. 

Creepy Twins 

As Kate Kane, Batwoman visits the Kali Corporation, who bought all the properties on Coryana.  Batwoman wants to purchase the Desert Rose – the bar Safiyah used to own when she ran Coryana and was Kate’s lover.  The Kali Corporation, which is really a front for the terrorist group The Many Arms of Death, is run by a pair of creepy twins.  These twins share a father and have different mothers but were born at the same time only thousands of miles apart.  They are known as Elder and Younger and they share a disturbing weird incest vibe – a vibe not lost on Kate or her teammate Julia Pennyworth, who is hacking the Kali Corporation while Kate keeps them preoccupied. 

Deadly Friends 

Knife has been watching the exchange between Elder, Younger, and Kate.  She leaps from the ceiling and chops out the transmitter Kate secretly planted under the table.  Kate quickly changes into Batwoman and fights Knife as Elder and Younger flee.  Julia was able to retrieve enough information to realize the Kali Corporation has the entire island rigged with enough explosives to blow it sky high.  Batwoman finds the explosives but is ambushed by Knife, who in turn is ambushed by Safiyah’s former crew who are now working with Batwoman to uncover the mystery behind Safiyah’s absence and the dangerous Many Arms of Death! 

Next: Blackstar 

Sum it up! 

Once again, Batwoman delivers on a story that is deeply wrapped in mystery, romance, and adventure.  Steve Epting’s art is quite possibly one of the most beautiful out of all the DC books right now.  Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV are a dream team, having been nominated for and having won (respectively) the GLAAD Media Award, which is an accolade given by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representation of LGBT characters and issues that affect their lives.  Batwoman goes way beyond the topic of her sexuality, and this book gives Kate the chance to shine, weaving all the complicated issues of her past together to give us the heroine we all deserve. 

Score: 9/10 

Noah O'Toole | NCR

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