DC New 52 Reviews: Batwoman and Green Lantern

By: Miguel Acedo

Batwoman # 1 has had such a tantalizing build-up; one couldn’t help but fret about expectations. It’s safe to say that those expectations were met by artist J.H. Williams III who also co-writes this new series with W. Haden Blackman.

This book is a smooth continuation of the run Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III had on Detective Comics (See Batwoman: Elegy), which should delight old readers but could potentially confuse new readers.

Besides some of the story threads stemming from previous Batwoman stories that may bog a new reader’s involvement in the entire scope that is being setup, Batwoman is nicely paced and beautifully presented. Kate Kane (Batwoman) is a strong female protagonist who isn’t afraid to be smart, funny and forward. The series and its title character are very promising.

For those readers who are looking for diversity, this is a book worth looking at. J.H. Williams III is a fearless and inventive artist. His unique eye for evocative panel layouts and composition is wondrous. He transports us to the dark and dangerous world Batwoman inhabits with hypnotic fluidity.

The surrealistic nature of this horror mystery finds Gotham City dealing with a series of kidnappings of young children from the barrio. The perpetrator appears to be a vengeful spirit known as La LLorona (The Weeping Woman), a truly ghoulish and creepy villain worthy of Batwoman.If you’re into the supernatural, folklore and/or urban legends you will want to pick up this book.

Green Lantern #1 gives Sinestro a chance at redemption. So, what does it mean when Sinestro emphatically believes he doesn’t need redemption? Plain and simple, writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke are about to show us why Sinestro is one of the most intriguing characters in the DC Universe.

The nice thing about Green Lantern #1, besides Johns’ deft storytelling and Mahnke’s precise pencils, is that it picks up where War of the Green Lanterns left off. Long time fans will find it easy to follow the story threads, while new readers should have no trouble diving into this first issue.

Former Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, having been stripped of his power ring, and finds himself dealing with being jobless and in debt, as well going through withdrawals of the super hero kind.

Sinestro finds himself reinstated as a Green Lantern and charged with freeing his home world from the Corp he himself built. When Jordan hits rock bottom comes to him with a proposal that could solve both their problems.

The first story arch, appropriately titled “A Deal with the Devil.” writer Geoff Johns presents a strong theme: People do things they don’t want to do because they have to do them.

There is a clear potential for Jordan’s and Sinestro’s respective story and journey to mirror each other. These characters were both at one time the greatest Green Lanterns and both kicked out of the Corps, making them irrevocably intertwined.

Green Lantern sets up an exciting premise for what is sure to be a fun character study.



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4 Responses to “DC New 52 Reviews: Batwoman and Green Lantern”

  1. Tim September 22, 2011 at 12:06 AM #

    That Batwoman artwork looks amazing….!

  2. Jose September 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM #

    Looks like Green Lantern is facing the same challenges we are facing in today’s economy, in a Super Hero sort of Way. Thanks for your reviews.

  3. alicia September 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM #

    Great art throughout. I like the element of “La Llorana.” Won’t worry about spending my money following Batwoman. This one’s a keeper!

  4. Monstar September 17, 2011 at 4:21 PM #

    Hell yea green Lantern gonna be kick ass