So I've been doing these ABCs of the DC universe here lately. Mainly to keep myself busy while I'm script writing. (Which is going a LOT slower than I had thought it would.) Also it's allowing me to play around with some drawing and coloring techniques so I can produce more work faster. (Like I mentioned before, when I'm ready to release the new comic, I want the entire story completed before even putting the first page out.) So I've been doing these things for the past few weeks. (Not to mention since the comic I'm doing is a more superhero type comic, it's good practice.)
The idea was the focus on the lesser known and outright obscure characters in the DC universe, just because I feel that's one of DC's strongest elements is just the sheer amount of weird concepts it's some up with over the last eight decades. Many of these were chosen by others. And I normally post these on my DeviantArt gallery, but I figured I've post them too in groups. So let's start.
I know nothing about her, other than her real name is "Anita Fite", which another one of those pun names, that I SHOULD appreciate... I wouldn't mind catching up and reading up on her, but I'm sorry... She only appeared in a book I DON'T want to read. So I literally have no opinion or knowledge about her. I was thinking maybe she'd show up on the new Young Justice show, and fill me in with some information, but it looks like they passed on her for Artemis, who I've grown to rather like.
Having said all that... *sigh*
...I don't like Batwoman. (The comic, not the character.)
Oh, I think as a character design, it's really dynamic and fun looking, and as a character she's okay in her various guest appearances and I liked her well enough. But in her own book?
For years, I was told by everyone and their grandmother that Batwoman was an amazingly well written comic book with fantastic writing and awesome art. So after years of hearing this and wondering, I finally got the trade paperback collecting Elegy and Go... And after reading, all I could wonder is just why am I supposed to care about this character? She comes across as this socially deficient emo control freak, bordering on 'Mary Sue' territories. (Which may ironically make her a perfect fit in the DC Nu52.) I heard so many people praising the comics, but I just don't understand why. The book is kinda... Pretentious, I'm sorry to say. The writing isn't Greg Rucka's best. The art, while pretty, is so stylistic that there's sometimes I have no idea what the hell is going on. That changed with Amy Reeder's art... But she's pretty damn good, so that goes without saying. (But... She's leaving soon.)
And then there's how the other characters react to her. Batman pretty much treats her like an equal, and I'm like “Uh, NO! No. No. Nonononono no nononono nooooooo. NO.” Batman gives Superman crap. SUPERMAN! The godlike farmboy who's been at this crimefighting business as long as he has. Every member of the Batfamily he has given some serious grief to, trying to force them out of this lifestyle. Dick, Tim, Jason, Babs, Stephanie, Helena, Selina... Hell, even Dinah and Ollie. The only exception being Cassandra, and that poor girl is a whole messy drama on her own. But Batwoman? Totally treats her like an equal. Now, someone told me that it wasn't Bruce in those stories, but Dick... So that makes more sense then. (Because he always was a lot more easy going than Bruce, and he seems to have a weakness for redheads.) But that doesn't excuse how Kate Kane treated Bette.
If we're to accept history as it is now, Elizabeth Kane has been doing this crimefighting thing longer than any member of the Batfamily except for Bruce and Dick. So when Kate Kane was getting kicked out of West Point, Bette was running around with the Titans, or at the very least fighting with her Aunt Kathy, the original Batwoman. And of course, the writing of the comic has to go out of their way to make Bette seem like an incompetent twit, getting put into intensive care on her first outing, after a fight with Kate.
The thing is, I know there's an awesome lot of potential with Kate Kane, and they could easily build her up to be an amazing character in her own right... I just wish they didn't have to drag down a perfectly good character to do so. Ahhh, I babbled too long on that. Let's finish off with...
More to come in time. :)