This story is so important to me. I don’t know if I can adequately and eloquently enough explain my feelings. I think it all starts with that startling cover art of Detective Comics #854. The colors of crimson and charcoal black that dominate it draw me in as if by magic, I can look at it for hours. So to me, one of the initial reactions to Batwoman and this story was always the look. I fell in love instantly. Batwoman’s suit must be my favorite costume in all of comic book history.
Inside, it’s not any less amazing. the story starts with more startling art and highly inventive paneling. I don’t know what the art-style would be called, I’m not that cool, (that blotchy painted look - but precise, not haphazard), but I absolutely love the feel and atmosphere created by the artwork, for example with that famous spread when Batman shows up on page 7 of the first issue. in fact, if I could, I’d frame most of the pages and panels from these issues and hang them on my walls. But I’d need, like, a lot of walls…
And speaking of art, the hallucination in the second issue is just so well done. There’s so much detail and you feel disoriented reading it.
More random thoughts: Kate and Maggie dancing (those stares!) is awesome and (they maybe won’t appreciate the word, but) cute. The yin-yang spread on page 13 of the fourth issue is just bananas. How? How does someone come up with something like this? Alice is an amazing character too, she also has an instantly iconic look to her that’s in such contrast to Batwoman’s. Yin and yang, again.
Overall, obviously, I love this story, and Batwoman in general. It’s that confusing feeling of wanting to be her and be with her. I hope everyone who’s read this for the first time reads more Batwoman that’s out there. Her first ongoing series that starts with the amazing Hydrology story is also a tremendous read!