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Batwoman continues her triumphant return with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND, as a part of DC Universe Rebirth! Return to the brief flash of the future seen in BATWOMAN: REBIRTH and meet Commander Kane--a battle-hardened version of Batwoman! Hurting from battles unknown, she's taken control of the deadly Colony and declared war on Gotham City! What could poss Batwoman continues her triumphant return with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND, as a part of DC Universe Rebirth! Return to the brief flash of the future seen in BATWOMAN: REBIRTH and meet Commander Kane--a battle-hardened version of Batwoman! Hurting from battles unknown, she's taken control of the deadly Colony and declared war on Gotham City! What could possibly cause Kate Kane to bring the battlefront to her home? With writing from Marguerite Bennett (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), as well as spectacular art from Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and Ben Oliver (THE MULTIVERSITY), this new series spins directly out of the smash-hit DETECTIVE COMICS series! BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND collects issues #7-11.


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Batwoman continues her triumphant return with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND, as a part of DC Universe Rebirth! Return to the brief flash of the future seen in BATWOMAN: REBIRTH and meet Commander Kane--a battle-hardened version of Batwoman! Hurting from battles unknown, she's taken control of the deadly Colony and declared war on Gotham City! What could poss Batwoman continues her triumphant return with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND, as a part of DC Universe Rebirth! Return to the brief flash of the future seen in BATWOMAN: REBIRTH and meet Commander Kane--a battle-hardened version of Batwoman! Hurting from battles unknown, she's taken control of the deadly Colony and declared war on Gotham City! What could possibly cause Kate Kane to bring the battlefront to her home? With writing from Marguerite Bennett (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), as well as spectacular art from Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and Ben Oliver (THE MULTIVERSITY), this new series spins directly out of the smash-hit DETECTIVE COMICS series! BATWOMAN VOL. 2: WONDERLAND collects issues #7-11.

30 review for Batwoman, Vol. 2: Wonderland (Batwoman (2017) #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Kate continues her war on the Many Arms of Death. She's shot down in the Sahara where she eventually falls into the hands of the Scarecrow. Bennett was able to use the Scarecrow as a tool to dive down into Kate Kane's psyche. Scarecrow in the wrong hands can just be random page after page of a hero stumbling through nightmarish landscapes. Luckily for the readers, we're treated instead to Kate's inner turmoil as she processes her relationships with her sister and father and then uses it to her a Kate continues her war on the Many Arms of Death. She's shot down in the Sahara where she eventually falls into the hands of the Scarecrow. Bennett was able to use the Scarecrow as a tool to dive down into Kate Kane's psyche. Scarecrow in the wrong hands can just be random page after page of a hero stumbling through nightmarish landscapes. Luckily for the readers, we're treated instead to Kate's inner turmoil as she processes her relationships with her sister and father and then uses it to her advantage. I also liked the love / hate relationship between Batwomand and Colony Prime as they both seek her father's affection. Fernando Blanco's art fits in very well with the dark, nightmarish look of the book. Also included is a solo story by K. Perkins where Kate goes up against Professor Pyg.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Better than the horrible first arc, but still pretty meh. World: The art is good, it’s the best thing about this series, its no J.H. Williams III, but there is a magical beauty to this series’ art and how it’s different from all the other Bat books, an ethereal beauty to it. Then there’s the world building which is in fits and spurts, the main thing is of course ‘Many Arms of Death’ and the origin of it and Kate’s lost years, this is story but it’s also foundational to the world building and we a Better than the horrible first arc, but still pretty meh. World: The art is good, it’s the best thing about this series, its no J.H. Williams III, but there is a magical beauty to this series’ art and how it’s different from all the other Bat books, an ethereal beauty to it. Then there’s the world building which is in fits and spurts, the main thing is of course ‘Many Arms of Death’ and the origin of it and Kate’s lost years, this is story but it’s also foundational to the world building and we are still getting bits and pieces. Yes we get a huge piece in the end but the expanse and scope and the pieces for Kate are still scattered. Story: The first story was okay, I am not a big fan of the Arkham games Scarecrow needle Kruger claw but oh well it’s now in canon. The story was solid, it was what a Scarecrow story is so it’s nothing really all that special. The parts of Kate and her past have been recycled again and again and the guilt she’s lived with and had to go through has also been done again and again since her character appeared in the 2000s it’s getting old and tiring, the art was great though. We get a glimpse of character development with Kate and Dad again but it’s short and fleeting, we need more quite time with them to interact. Then there’s the Pyg and the reveal of Safina (I don’t even remember her name so I’ll call her that) which was once again guilt and past trauma related and honestly set on an island I’ve no interest in at all and a relationship that is not earned the care and emotional impact that the creative team things it deserves (we cared about Maggie in the New52 because we saw a lot of her perspective and their interaction, not here). In the end the reveal was meh and the story was meh. Characters: Kate is a good character, I like the trauma and guilt that she had to live through, but it’s been how many years with this same one note to her character that I’m a bit tired of it. I know broken people take a long time to heal but this is a comic book and if this is the only defining characteristic of Batwoman than writers are not trying hard enough. There were glimpses of Her and Dad and that relationship which would be more interesting in dealing with ideals and it could be a continuation of the debate he’s having with her from Detective Comics but with a more intimate angle, but we don’t get that. The creative team just decides to add more trauma to her and more guilt and wallowing. This issue is why I don’t like the lost years story and the relationship with Safina, we’ve had sad Kate with girl problems so many times already. Safina is boring then by extension the island is boring and by extension the ‘Many Arms of Death’ is boring. All the issues I mostly have with this series is character based. Well it was a bit better but not my much, Kate deserves so much more than this. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Trapped in a remote desert with only a Colony soldier for company, Batwoman thinks she's at her wits end until she finds herself at the mercy of the Many Arms Of Death and their next operative, the Scarecrow! I'm a sucker for Scarecrow. If he's done right, he's a super creepy villain and I just love the whole fear aesthetic since it opens up so many opportunities for storytelling, which Bennett capitalizes on easily here to explore Kate's psyche and her relationships with h [Read as single issues] Trapped in a remote desert with only a Colony soldier for company, Batwoman thinks she's at her wits end until she finds herself at the mercy of the Many Arms Of Death and their next operative, the Scarecrow! I'm a sucker for Scarecrow. If he's done right, he's a super creepy villain and I just love the whole fear aesthetic since it opens up so many opportunities for storytelling, which Bennett capitalizes on easily here to explore Kate's psyche and her relationships with her father and Batman. The bickering between her and the Colony guy are a bit tiresome eventually though, and I do find it a bit odd that an organization like the Many Arms have been in business with Scarecrow for so long and it hasn't come up before, but these are minor quibbles. Bennett knows how to get into Kate's head easily, and she knows how to make the story give her the opportunities she needs for that. Fernando Blanco joins the series here, and his moody artwork fits really well with the book; I've been a fan since he was on Phantom Stranger, and he has some clever linework that makes his art extremely distinctive; it's stretched to the limit when Kate starts hallucinating, but he rises to every challenge. Batwoman's sophmore adventure isn't perfect, but it's got some good character work, one of my favourite villains, and great art. What else do you need?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim Dyer

    This second volume of Batwoman felt a little disconnected and didn't quite capture me like the first did. While the main story is wonderfully surreal and contains some fantastic art, it doesn't really do a lot to advance the overall plot. The only moments of true significance come at its very end, creating an interesting thread for Kate to follow into the next trade. Yet the final issue of this trade felt as though it belonged in a totally different series. It didn't really connect to the previou This second volume of Batwoman felt a little disconnected and didn't quite capture me like the first did. While the main story is wonderfully surreal and contains some fantastic art, it doesn't really do a lot to advance the overall plot. The only moments of true significance come at its very end, creating an interesting thread for Kate to follow into the next trade. Yet the final issue of this trade felt as though it belonged in a totally different series. It didn't really connect to the previous issue and was particularly nasty, marking the darkest that Batwoman has gotten since Rebirth began. This issue was not written by Bennett and it showed, containing none of the character depth or surrealism that we have enjoyed in the series to date. Still, based on the cliffhanger, I am willing to hang in for at least one more volume to see if things pick up. Hopefully the next instalment will be stronger than this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hart

    check it can i be real a second? for just a millisecond? let down my guard and tell the people how i feel a second? while i'm glad that marguerite bennett, a queer woman, is writing batwoman, and while i think that she writes the character well, with intelligence and snappy dialogue, batwoman as a character has been irreversibly ruined by the dumb fuck decision to make her father the villain of the series. think about when the 2009 batwoman first started out: expelled from the marines for being gay, check it can i be real a second? for just a millisecond? let down my guard and tell the people how i feel a second? while i'm glad that marguerite bennett, a queer woman, is writing batwoman, and while i think that she writes the character well, with intelligence and snappy dialogue, batwoman as a character has been irreversibly ruined by the dumb fuck decision to make her father the villain of the series. think about when the 2009 batwoman first started out: expelled from the marines for being gay, she returns home to gotham and to her father, a former marine himself, who, instead of shunning her because of her expulsion, he HELPS her get back on her feet and become a force of good. kate's father is essentially her alfred, a wise and benevolent father figure who knows her better than she knows herself. their relationship was very well-drawn in the beginning, touching and necessary. i understand the impulse to pull the rug out from underneath a character as a means of shaking things up, but the point of kate's father was to show that she wasn't alone--no matter how much she craved solitude and insisted on going it alone, he was always there. the decision to have kate's father be this villainous mastermind hellbent on stopping batman and USING kate as a means of fighting this war is a horrendous decision. until this idiotic idea is reversed, the title, for me, is unreadable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Lost Dreamer

    I still can't say I love this series, but this second volume gets definitely better. The foe, Scarecrow, feels quite more interesting than in the previous issues. I still don't get the narrative, which feels erratic at some points, but the plots is starting to catch me. Also, I'm finally beginning to understand Batwoman and her conflicts. I really like that romance is so left aside in this stories: she has much greater things to worry about. It definitely makes the storytelling better. The art, I still can't say I love this series, but this second volume gets definitely better. The foe, Scarecrow, feels quite more interesting than in the previous issues. I still don't get the narrative, which feels erratic at some points, but the plots is starting to catch me. Also, I'm finally beginning to understand Batwoman and her conflicts. I really like that romance is so left aside in this stories: she has much greater things to worry about. It definitely makes the storytelling better. The art, as any bat-thing, is outstanding. I love the use of blacks and reds. I love the roses and the constant references to Alice and Wonderland. I'll keep reading: I've really enjoyed this volume

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cande

    I love personal arcs, characters coming to accept hard truths about themselves, embracing their personalities or deciding to finally change. So yeah, I did like to see Kate conflicted about her past, her fears, her failures. (view spoiler)[I especially liked how she embraces her darkness, but towards the end realizes it's time to change her idea about justice. Because yes, you should change it, Kate. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, Safiyah is such a queen and I wished we had had more about her story with I love personal arcs, characters coming to accept hard truths about themselves, embracing their personalities or deciding to finally change. So yeah, I did like to see Kate conflicted about her past, her fears, her failures. (view spoiler)[I especially liked how she embraces her darkness, but towards the end realizes it's time to change her idea about justice. Because yes, you should change it, Kate. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, Safiyah is such a queen and I wished we had had more about her story with Kate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John H

    Goodreads still doesn't have the name correct on this volume. WTH?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I love the artwork and the story is interesting.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Brown

    Better than the previous volume, improved artwork but get Kate back to Gotham.

  11. 5 out of 5

    S

    Very trippy. Good art once more.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kb

    I am so confused.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Young

    Issue #11 wasn't written by Bennet, felt really out of place in this book, and was just plain awful... but aside from that, I enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Silken

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Hillman

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  18. 4 out of 5

    Scott wachter

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Perry

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mel

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tox

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pplwnnaflyaround

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  24. 5 out of 5

    AwH

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Smithson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Court

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gianna Fienberg

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  30. 5 out of 5

    David

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