Batwoman and Hawkfire were jumped by the burglar Wolf Spider and Batwoman was drugged and flung out a window of a highrise. Unfortunately, even though she’s plummeting to her death, she plunges into a hallucinogenic fever dream, essentially recapping her story up to now, including her sister Elizabeth/Alice, her mother’s death her expulsion from the military and so on. She snaps to it and cushions her fall.
Wolf Spider takes off with the painting he went to steal. Meanwhile, the police arrive as Hawkfire recovers and takes off, leaving Batwoman behind. (Jerk.)
We learn Wolf Spider is just a hired hand and is working for someone else who is gathering all of the works by an artist who committed suicide during the Great Depression.
Unfortunately, this book climaxes with Kate possibly blowing her entire relationship with Maggie.
*Sigh* I don’t ever care to see a hallucinatory dream sequence ever again in a comic. I remember seeing them as a kid… over and over and over and they never seem to stop. No thanks. We’re done with that. It’s beautifully drawn, by Francis Manapul, mixing up the art styles harkening back to J.H. Williams III’s take on the book where he mixed up his own style from scene to scene, but it was unnecessary. I guess it was meant to recap the series to any new readers that may have come on board when the new creative team came on board… except I don’t think that happened. I’m just going to move on.
The artwork is beautiful. Jeremy Haun and Francis Manapul deliver a gorgeously executed book. There was one panel that confused me, where the guy who hired Wolf Spider does something to a painting. It looks as if he may have set it on fire, but I don’t think that’s right. I just didn’t get it, but I’m sure it will be explained.
The writing was decent. Like I said, the dream sequence wasn’t my thing, but the rest was okay. Lots of good drama and dialogue.
So strong writing and excellent art…
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Jeremy Haun and Francis Manapul
Cover by Stephanie Roux